California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is consistently ranked among elite universities around the globe in a number of surveys on top universities worldwide, such as the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), THE-QS World University Rankings, among others.

Notable Caltech alumni include: Donald A. Glaser (Nobel laureate in physics for the invention of the bubble chamber 1960), William Lipscomb (Nobel laureate in chemistry, 1976), Howard M. Temin (Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine, 1975), Yuan-Cheng Fung (Founder of Biomechanics), Simon Ramo (co-founder of TRW and developed ICBMs), Sabeer Bhatia (Co-founder of Hotmail), Steingrímur Hermannsson (former Prime Minister of Iceland), etc.

Rankings:

- 7th in the US News ranking of Best Engineering Schools 2011.

- According to the U.S. News & World Report's 2011 rankings of America's top graduate schools, Caltech is ranked fifth overall in the biological sciences and achieved top 5 status in several engineering programs, ranking 1st in aeronautical engineering, 3rd in chemical engineering, 4th in mechanical engineering, and 5th in electrical engineering. It also took top honors in geochemistry and seismology and placed 2nd in inorganic chemistry and cosmology/relativity/gravity.

- 4th among Tier 1 National Universities in the U.S. News & World Report (2010).

- Ranked 11th in the world (Webometrics, January 2010).

- 8th in The Princeton Review “Top 10 Best Value Private Colleges for 2009″.

- Rated the 10th best institution in the world in the QS World University Rankings™ 2009. It is also placed in the global top 10 for the subjects of Engineering & IT (5th), and Natural Sciences (7th).

* Suggested Reading: Top Universities in California

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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