Harvard University is ranked No. 1 in the world for chemistry, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2011, followed by University of California, Berkeley in 2nd place globally and Stanford University in 3rd place globally.

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC) is another top performer. In Chemistry, UMTC is ranked 26th in the world and 9th among US public research universities. Overall, UMTC is ranked 28th in the world and 9th among U.S. public research universities out of 500 universities worldwide.

The School of Chemistry at Monash University is one of the leading teaching and research schools in Australia and is affiliated with a number of important research centres. It is ranked 48th globally in the Shanghai's Jiao Tong Index (ARWU).

ARWU ranking of world's top universities in chemistry (2011):
1 Harvard University
2 University of California, Berkeley
3 Stanford University
4 University of Cambridge
5 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
6 California Institute of Technology
7 Kyoto University
9 Northwestern University
10 University of Oxford
11 Columbia University
12 The University of Tokyo
13 Technical University Munich
14 University of Strasbourg
15 University of California, Los Angeles
16 University of California, San Diego
17 University of Pennsylvania
18 University of California, Santa Barbara
19 Purdue University - West Lafayette
20 Yale University

* Suggested Reading: Top Canadian Universities for Chemistry
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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