U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Ranking

The Best Global Universities ranking by U.S. News & World Report is an annual ranking of world universities. On October 28, 2014, U.S. News, which began ranking American universities in 1983, published its inaugural global ranking, assessing 500 universities in 49 countries. That first installment of the Best Global University Ranking was published without prior announcement, with U.S. News later clarifying that the rankings of that year were a trial balloon for the publication's entrance into the global university rankings field. After pre-announcing the rankings of next year, in 2016, the periodical formalized the global university rankings as part of its regular annual programming. Having made official the ranking methodology, it disclosed that it is based on 10 different indicators that measure universities' academic performance and reputations.[1] The ranking has since been revised and expanded to cover 1,500 institutions in 81 countries and now includes five regional and 28 subject rankings.[2] Employing 13 indicators and based largely on data provided by Clarivate, the U.S. News global ranking is methodologically different from its ranking of American institutions; global universities are rated using factors such as research reputation, academic publications, and the number of highly cited papers.[3][4]

Inside Higher Ed noted in 2014 that U.S. News is entering into the international college and university rankings area that is already "dominated by three major global university rankings": the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the Academic Ranking of World Universities, and the QS World University Rankings.[5] U.S. News's chief data strategist Robert Morse stated "We're well-known in the field for doing academic rankings so we thought it was a natural extension of the other rankings that we're doing."[5] Morse pointed out that U.S. News is "the first American publisher to enter the global rankings space", given Times Higher Education and QS are both British, while the Academic Ranking of World Universities is Chinese.[5]

The Washington Post noted that some U.S. institutions rank lower on U.S. News's global ranking than on their domestic ranking, in particular Princeton, which was named top university in the U.S. in the 2015 domestic ranking but was ranked behind nine other U.S. universities (and three U.K. universities) in the 2015 global ranking. This was attributed to the global ranking concentrating on "research prowess", while the "undergraduate experience", for which uniform international data is hard to obtain, was not included.[6] Forbes, which, along with many others, has roundly criticized the U.S. News ranking of American colleges,[7] praised the U.S. News global ranking as being mostly based upon “objective measures” and representing a “worthy” evaluation scheme.[8]

ResultsEdit

US News Best Global Universities—Top 10 (2015-2020)
Institution 2015[9] 2016[10] 2017[11] 2018[12] 2019[13] 2020[14] 2021[15]
  Harvard University 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
  Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
  Stanford University 4 4 3 3 3 3 3
  University of California, Berkeley 3 3 4 4 4 4 4
  University of Oxford 5 5 6 5 5 5 5
  Columbia University 10 9 9 8 8 7 6
  California Institute of Technology 7 7 5 6 6 6 7
  University of Washington-Seattle - - - 10 10 10 8
  University of Cambridge 6 6 7 7 7 9 9
  Johns Hopkins University - - - 10 12 11 10

Note: Princeton University was ranked 8th in 2017 and 2020 and 9th in 2018 and 2019. Yale University tied with Johns Hopkins University and University of Washington for 10th in 2018.


American and British universities have occupied the top ten spots since the inaugural publication. Harvard and MIT have consistently topped the list, while two British institutions, Oxford and Cambridge, and four other U.S. universities – Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, and Caltech – have been ranked among the ten best since 2015.

US News Best Global Universities—Top 50 (2018-2020)
Institution 3yr.Avg. 2018[12] 2019[13] 2020[14]
  Harvard University 1 1 1 1
  Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2 2 2 2
  Stanford University 3 3 3 3
  University of California, Berkeley 4 4 4 4
  University of Oxford 5 5 5 5
  California Institute of Technology 6 6 6 6
  Columbia University 8 8 8 7
  Princeton University 9 9 9 8
  University of Cambridge 8 7 7 9
  University of Washington-Seattle 10 10 10 10
  Johns Hopkins University 11 10 12 11
  Yale University 11 10 11 12
  University of Chicago 14 14 14 13
  University of California, Los Angeles 13 13 13 14
  University of California, San Francisco 15 15 15 15
  University of Pennsylvania 17 19 16 16
  University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 17 17 18 17
  University of Toronto 19 20 20 18
  University of California, San Diego 17 16 17 19
  Imperial College London 18 17 18 20
  University College London 21 22 21 21
  Duke University 22 21 22 22
  Cornell University 23 23 23 23
  Northwestern University 24 24 24 24
  ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) 25 25 25 25
  University of Melbourne 26 26 26 26
  University of Sydney 31 34 31 27
  New York University 28 28 28 28
  The University of Edinburgh 28 30 27 28
  University of British Columbia 29 27 29 30
  Washington University in St. Louis 32 32 32 31
  University of Copenhagen 34 37 34 32
  University of North Carolina Chapel Hill 33 34 32 33
  National University of Singapore 38 43 38 34
  University of Texas at Austin 34 32 36 34
  Tsinghua University 50 64 50 36
  King's College London 39 41 39 37
  Sorbonne University 38 38 - 37
  University of Wisconsin Madison 34 31 35 37
  University of Amsterdam 49 55 51 40
  University of California, Santa Barbara 35 28 37 41
  University of Queensland 43 45 42 42
  Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich 43 40 46 43
  Nanyang Technological University 49 55 49 43
  Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne 40 36 40 45
  The Ohio State University 46 46 46 45
  University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 43 42 41 47
  University of Pittsburgh 46 48 43 47
  McGill University 47 49 43 49
  University of Colorado at Boulder 46 44 43 50

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/how-us-news-calculated-the-rankings
  2. ^ "Best Global Universities". U.S. News & World Report.
  3. ^ Haynie, Devon. "U.S. News Releases Inaugural Best Global Universities Rankings". U.S. News & World Report.
  4. ^ "How U.S. News Calculated the Best Global Universities Ranking". U.S. News & World Report.
  5. ^ a b c "'U.S. News' to Issue New Global University Rankings". Inside Higher Ed.
  6. ^ Nick Anderson (28 October 2014). "U.S. News rolls out global university rankings, with some surprises". The Washington Post.
  7. ^ Michael Nietzel (9 September 2019). "U.S. News Releases its Annual College Rankings. Here's what's wrong with them". Forbes.
  8. ^ Michael Nietzel (26 October 2019). "U.S. News Releases its Best Global Universities Ranking: American Institutions are at the Top". Forbes.
  9. ^ "US News Best Global Universities 2015". Retrieved 2014-10-28.
  10. ^ "US News Best Global Universities 2016". Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  11. ^ "US News Best Global Universities 2017". Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  12. ^ a b "US News Best Global Universities 2018". Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  13. ^ a b "US News Best Global Universities 2019". 2019-10-30.
  14. ^ a b "US News Best Global Universities 2020". Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  15. ^ "US News Best Global Universities 2021". Retrieved 2020-10-27.