The University of Cape Town is the highest ranked university in the nation (1st in South Africa and 324th in the world), according to the Ranking Web of World Universities (July 2011), ahead of University of Pretoria (507th in the world), and Stellenbosch University (540th in the world).

In another international ranking ( University Web Ranking 2011), University of Cape Town is ranked 1st in South Africa, followed by University of Pretoria (2nd), Universiteit Stellenbosch (3rd), University of the Witwatersrand (4th), and University of KwaZulu-Natal (5th).

University of the Witwatersrand is also one of the best ranked universities in the nation and in the world:
- It is the second best university in Africa, according to the 2008 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities.
- Wits is ranked in the top 1% in the world in seven defined fields of research according to the 2007 ISI international rankings.
- Ranked 360th internationally in the QS World University Rankings 2010.
- It is the top producer of academic books in South Africa.
- In 2011, the University is ranked in the top 4 nationally by Webometrics.

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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