Undoubtedly university ranking is an important indicator of the international reputation of an institution. There is a number of international league tables published every year to rank universities and colleges from all over the world. These include the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings (THES), Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Webometrics ranking of world universities and Newsweek ranking of global universities.

How do US universities perform in these international rankings? Over the years US universities maintain dominance in the world rankings, with majority of the US universities in the world top 100 list. Here we look at some of the top performers.

Harvard is the oldest and wealthiest university in the USA. It is highly regarded as the top performer in many major league tables. It is ranked 3rd in Webometrics, 1st in Newsweek, THES and ARWU 2008. Admission to Harvard is very tough and competitive. It is ranked first among best national universities and 2nd in selectivity (tie with Princeton, MIT and Yale) by the US News and World Report 2009.

Yale is a private US university and a member of the Ivy League. It is ranked 11th in ARWU, 3rd in Newsweek and 2nd in THES. Today Yale has over 3300 faculty members and 11000 students across its three main academic components – Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and 10 professional schools.

Stanford is recognized as one of the world’s leading teaching and research institutions. It is currently ranked second in ARWU, Newsweek and Webometrics. To date Stanford has produced 16 Nobel Prize winners, 4 Pulitzer Prize winners and 7 Wolf Foundation Prize winners.

Please visit the relevant guides for more information on the US University Rankings.

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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