QS World University Rankings

Name the world's 50 top universities, according to Quacquarelli Symonds.
For the year 2021–22
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Last updated: September 20, 2021
First submittedSeptember 17, 2012
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University
1
MIT
2
Oxford
3
Stanford
4
Cambridge
5
Harvard
6
Caltech
7
Imperial College London
8
ETH Zurich
9
University College London
10
Chicago
11
National University of
Singapore
12
Nanyang Technological
University
13
Pennsylvania
14
École Polytechnique
Fédérale de Lausanne
15
Yale
16
Edinburgh
17
Tsinghua
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University
18
Peking University
19
Columbia
20
Princeton
21
Cornell
22
University of Hong Kong
23
Tokyo
23
Michigan
25
Johns Hopkins
26
Toronto
27
McGill
27
Australian National University
27
Manchester
30
Northwestern
31
Fudan University
32
Berkeley
33
Kyoto
34
Hong Kong University
of Science and Technology
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University
35
King's College London
36
Seoul
37
Melbourne
38
Sydney
39
Chinese University of Hong Kong
40
UCLA
42
KAIST
42
New York University
43
New South Wales
44
Université PSL
45
Zhejiang
46
University of British Columbia
47
Queensland
48
UCSD
49
Institut Polytechnique de Paris
49
London School of Economics
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Level 27
Oct 16, 2012
WOOP WOOP 100 PERCENT!!!
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Level 37
Dec 18, 2012
who'd u get 100 percent is 0 percent got the hong kong one?
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Level 40
Jan 21, 2013
ha ha good observation. ;)
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Level 58
Apr 7, 2017
As a Hongkonger, I wouldn't miss any of them
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Level 19
Aug 25, 2017
Many many people take the quiz, and for those who went to school and learned math, they know that numbers can round up and down. Jetpunk must do this since there are no decimal percentages, only whole numbers. The percent of ppl that get the hong kong could easily be something like 0.2%, which would round down to 0%. Just because it says 0% got it, doesn't mean no one actually got it. But then I could also be wrong and Jetpunk always puts atleast 1% if anyone at all gets it, but whatever.
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Level 58
Sep 27, 2021
you have to look at the column to the left, the column to the right is only based on the times you took the quiz.
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Level 67
Oct 9, 2021
When people make smarmy comments like “for those who went to school and learned maths,” I am always curious… are they saying that to make the person feel bad, or do they say it to make themselves feel better about themselves? Either way, it never fails to make them look like an obnoxious bore.
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Level 43
Jan 23, 2013
LOL If only you were telling the truth...
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Level 67
Jan 8, 2020
There are better things to lie about.. if you are keen on lying
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Level 71
Feb 1, 2013
With the number of people taking this quiz, 10 of them could have easily gotten Hong Kong S&T... 0% is just less than .5%. Though it's still funny.
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Level 72
Sep 21, 2021
I think the percentages are calculated using the users' first take of the quiz, the 100% might be not be the first run.

Relax, it's just a quiz

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Level 42
Jun 3, 2014
Very good quiz. But since you accept UCL for University College London, could you also accept Imperial for Imperial College London?
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Level ∞
Sep 19, 2014
Okay
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Level 78
Oct 16, 2014
I typed in UCLA, not realizing it gave me the London school instead, so I missed UCLA, but I wouldn't have gotten the other one, so no difference in the score.
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Level 49
Oct 17, 2014
...and NSW for the University of New South Wales?
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Level 21
Sep 13, 2016
That would be UNSW
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Level 73
Sep 20, 2021
Seconding UNSW!
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Level 71
Oct 6, 2021
Thirding; UNSW is its' common abbreviation
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Level 59
Oct 6, 2021
Yes, I tried UNSW, which is the standard designation, and was surprised it was not there. Turns out it's listed under the wrong name.
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Level 75
Jun 29, 2014
This is SO subjective, and pretty meaningless. Looks like if its famous, it's ranked. Whoopy-do. How can you possibly compare one university with another like this???
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Level 81
Aug 13, 2014
Sorbonne is famous and it's not there.
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Level 59
Jan 8, 2020
That's because while it is a famous university, and very old, it is not one of the prestigious French universities. Anyone can get in, pretty well.
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Level 75
Sep 29, 2014
I wonder if the Sorbonne mostly teaches in French? This whole list seems to be of places that teach in English. The method they use to calculate the ranking, highly subjective as I suspected, is here.
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Level 65
Sep 24, 2018
Academic peer review: 40%

Citations per faculty: 20%

International student ratio: 5%

A lot more people speak mandarin than french.. language is far from being the only determinant, but it does have an influence. Comparison of universities and the worth of their education are two different things, although some indicators are interesting.

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Level 58
Dec 17, 2018
I don't know, I've never heard of Caltech or Sanford and they are ranked really high.
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Level 66
Oct 7, 2021
Stanford is very famous in the US, but Caltech and the University of Chicago are not, and they are ranked very high (deservedly so). The average American seems to think the only schools for smart people are the Ivy League schools. If you're not in the Ivy League or you don't have a big athletic program, the average American won't know you, no matter how elite you are as a university.
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Level 61
Oct 16, 2014
Wisconsin? How random.
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Level 77
Oct 16, 2014
Wisconsin threw you off? They have a great research program there. Now Heidelberg, that one really threw me.
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Level 79
Oct 8, 2018
Heidelberg is probably the most famous university town in Germany
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Level 85
Dec 15, 2018
I swear I typed in Heidelberg as one of my first guesses. I don't see it.
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Level 78
Dec 17, 2018
Same here. It must have dropped off the list.
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Level 62
Oct 17, 2014
sorry this is dubious....eg no LSE, St Andrews.....could go on......not sure of your data source but i think its wrong
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Level 55
Dec 1, 2014
So, no DeVry?
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Level 74
Jun 18, 2015
No University of Tasmania?! How very dare you!
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Level 62
Apr 2, 2016
These are mostly the name of the places the universities are in, rather than the full names of the universities. "Queensland" is the University of Queensland, commonly known as UQ, which didn't work so I assumed it wasn't on there. The same goes for UNSW for the University of New South Wales. They're far more commonly known by their abbreviations and even brand themselves like that.
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Level 46
Oct 6, 2021
Yep, NYU also didn't work but New York University is on there. Oddly random acceptance of abbreviations. They should either all be accepted or none.
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Level 59
Oct 6, 2021
NYU worked for me, idk how it didn't work for you since our comments are only hours apart
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Level 21
Jun 15, 2016
I know for a fact more UK universities should be on the list
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Level 40
Aug 18, 2016
This the 2014/15 rankings, I know Warwick at least made the top 50 for 15/16.
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Level 79
Sep 22, 2016
I think most ranking lists are completely different. University ranking is almost entirely subjective.
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Level 54
Jun 30, 2016
University of Phoenix?
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Level 83
May 22, 2018
Don't usually like to be "that commenter," but could we accept Beijing University? I recall that "beijing duck" was accepted for "peking duck" on another quiz. Also, I just tried it, and Wikipedia redirects "Beijing University" to the "Peking University" page.

Alternatively, feel free to tell me that the quiz already does accept "beijing," and I simply misspelled it like a dummy :)

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Level 78
Dec 17, 2018
It didn't accept Beijing for me, either. (BTW, I saw a cooking show the other night, and a Chinese chef called it Beijing Duck.)
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Level 58
Aug 18, 2018
I think you should take JHU for johns hopkins
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Level 75
Sep 24, 2018
Carnegie Mellon is spelled wrong.
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Level 81
Sep 24, 2018
And the proper spelling isn't even accepted as an answer.
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Level ∞
Sep 26, 2018
Fixed
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Level 81
Sep 24, 2018
This comment is redundant, but HEY! CARNEGIE MELLON IS SPELLED WRONG!
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Level 87
Sep 25, 2018
Can you not accept Zurich for ETH Zurich?
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Level 53
Dec 15, 2018
Would be problematic, since there is also the University of Zurich.
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Level 34
Sep 20, 2019
There's more than just the ETH in Zurich.
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Level 85
Dec 15, 2018
I think Tony Soprano has a hand in Columbia making the list but not Colby, Bates or Bowdoin.
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Level 82
Dec 15, 2018
Do I not get this because I didn't watch The Sopranos?
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Level 66
Oct 7, 2021
Yes. His daughter went to Columbia. I think she considered going to the other ones mentioned, but maybe she wasn't accepted? I don't remember that part.
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Level 39
Dec 17, 2018
I got Berkeley when I wanted to try "california" and it shows Berkeley when I typed "CAL"
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Level 69
Dec 17, 2018
The University of California's flagship campus at Berkeley is referred to as both Berkeley (generally when discussing academics) and Cal (generally when discussing athletics, and, I think, by people from California).
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Level 64
Dec 17, 2018
Maybe you could accept UNSW for the University of New South Wales, as it is commonly referred to as such. Especially if you accept UCL, UCLA and UCSD.
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Level 67
Dec 17, 2018
I am not familiar with this ranking institution but Cornell ranked ahead of Yale lolololololololol.
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Level 82
Dec 17, 2018
laughing out loud out loud out loud out loud out loud out loud out loud? ... I take it you didn't study English literature at Yale?
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Level 67
Dec 18, 2018
Sorry if you are offended, did you attend Cornell? Cornell leads the Ivy League in one thing and that's suicides.
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Level 82
Sep 20, 2019
More evidence that you never attended an Ivy League school.
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Level 74
Dec 17, 2018
CMU for Carnegie Mellon?
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Level 63
Dec 18, 2018
Hi, you probably should accept "beijing" for "peking university"
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Level 62
May 29, 2019
You should accept NSW and UNSW for New South Wales. When neither of those worked, I moved on and never bothered typing the whole thing. The uni usually goes by the name UNSW.
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Level 55
Sep 20, 2019
You asked for Universities, but then split University of London into Colleges. ditto Berkeley

Suggest therefore that many of the COLLEGES at Oxford and Cambridge would push many of the USA Universities down the list.

Coxbury

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Level 80
Sep 20, 2019
Can't speak for Berkeley, but it's not unusual to consider the London colleges separately. For one thing, the largest colleges in Oxford and Cambridge have around 1,000 students, while UCL has around 42,000 and Imperial around 17,000. Ultimately the quiz is based on the QS rankings anyway, so it's wasn't Quizmaster's decision to separate them. I guess there's a case for a caveat, but it does say "according to Quacquarelli Symonds".
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Level ∞
Sep 20, 2021
@coxbury. There's a reason that QS broke the data up the way it did. There's a major difference between a college at Oxford (a few hundred students) and a university such as UCLA or Berkeley (tens of thousands of students).
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Level 75
Oct 6, 2021
The University of London "Colleges" operate as independent universities, and are considered as such. This is not the case with the Oxford and Cambridge colleges.
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Level 67
Jan 8, 2020
Wth is a quacquarelli symonds? Sounds like a quack..
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Level 75
Sep 20, 2021
A famous painter. Inventor of aquarelle.
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Level 75
Sep 22, 2021
I think the Paris Polytechnique one should be 59th on the list, not 49th
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Level 80
Sep 22, 2021
No Duke? I'm suspicious.
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Level 68
Oct 6, 2021
Crazy how the 2 swiss institutes of technology are so not known, though they are the best and the third best non-american or british universities in the world...
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Level 54
Oct 6, 2021
Can you accept Polytechnique for the Institut Polytechnique de Paris? In France, we only use Polytechnique to refer to this school.
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Level ∞
Oct 6, 2021
Sure.
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Level 74
Oct 6, 2021
I'm studying Biochemistry at King's College London!
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Level 74
Oct 6, 2021
Surprised how few people got Imperial College London.
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Level 52
Oct 7, 2021
Non-Brits think Oxford, Cambridge, maybe LSE and that's it. And maybe Edinburgh because that's where ~*~Will and Kate~*~ met.
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Level 66
Oct 7, 2021
I once watched an episode of Jeopardy! where a contestant's interesting fact was that he attended "the University of Michigan, the largest elite institution in the world" and I have never wanted to punch someone so badly in my life.
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Level 59
Oct 9, 2021
Nice idea, but the type-ins for this quiz are not good.