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The world's top 100 universities

By Staff Writer

Updated June 14, 2022 Updated June 14, 2022
  • MIT is the best university in the world for the 11th consecutive year. 
  • This year's QS World University Rankings feature over 1,400 universities in total.

Want to study at one of the world's top 100 universities? The QS World University Rankings offers an annually updated list of the top 1,400+ universities worldwide. We will be revealing which of these made the top 100. 

In the 2023 edition of the QS World University Rankings, just under half of the top 100 universities in the world are located in the US (which has 27 representatives) or the UK (17). 

Here’s a complete rundown of the world’s top 100 universities. 

Top 100 Universities in the World

According to the QS World University Rankings 2023 

Rank  

University  

Location 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 

United States 

University of Cambridge 

United Kingdom 

3

Stanford University 

United States  

4

University of Oxford 

United Kingdom  

Harvard University 

United States 

=6 

California Institute of Technology (Caltech) 

United States 

=6

Imperial College London 

United Kingdom  

UCL (University College London) 

United Kingdom

9

ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) 

Switzerland  

10 

University of Chicago 

United States 

11 

National University of Singapore (NUS) 

Singapore 

12 

Peking University 

Mainland China 

13 

University of Pennsylvania 

United States  

14 

Tsinghua University 

Mainland China

15

University of Edinburgh 

United Kingdom

=16 

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) 

Switzerland

=16

Princeton University 

United States

18 

Yale University 

United States

19 

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) 

Singapore

20 

Cornell University 

United States 

21 

University of Hong Kong (UKU) 

Hong Kong SAR  

22 

Columbia University 

United States

23

University of Tokyo 

Japan 

24

Johns Hopkins University 

United States 

25 

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

United States 

26 

Universite PSL 

France

27

University of California, Berkeley (UCB) 

United States

28

University of Manchester 

United Kingdom

29

Seoul National University 

South Korea  

30 

Australian National University 

Australia

31 

McGill University 

Canada 

32 

Northwestern University 

United States 

33 

University of Melbourne 

Australia

=34 

Fudan University  

Mainland China 

=34 

University of Toronto 

Canada

36 

Kyoto University 

Japan

37 

King's College London 

United Kingdom

38 

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) 

Hong Kong SAR

39 

New York University (NYU) 

United States

40 

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

Hong Kong SAR

41 

University of Sydney 

Australia

=42

KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology 

South Korea

=42

Zhejiang University 

Mainland China

44 

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 

United States

45 

University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) 

Australia

46 

Shanghai Jiao Tong University 

Mainland China

47 

University of British Columbia 

Canada

48 

Institut Polytechnique de Paris 

France

49 

Technical University of Munich 

Germany 

=50 

Duke University 

United States

=50 

University of Queensland 

Australia

52 

Carnegie Mellon University 

United States  

53

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) 

United States  

54

City University of Hong Kong 

Hong Kong SAR 

55 

Tokyo Institute of Technology 

Japan

56 

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) 

United Kingdom

57 

Monash University 

Australia

58 

University of Amsterdam 

Netherlands 

59 

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München 

Germany

60 

Sorbonne University 

France

=61

Delft University of Technology 

Netherlands

=61

University of Bristol 

United Kingdom 

63 

Brown University 

United States

64 

University of Warwick 

United Kingdom

=65 

Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg 

Germany

=65 

Hong Kong Polytechnic University 

Hong Kong SAR 

67 

Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA)  

Argentina  

68 

Osaka University 

Japan

69 

Universit Paris-Saclay

France

70

Universiti Malaya (UM)  

Malaysia 

71

Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)

South Korea

72 

University of Texas at Austin

United States

73 

Yonsei University 

South Korea

74 

Korea University 

South Korea 

75

Lomonosov Moscow State University 

Russia

76

KU Leuven 

Belgium 

77 

National Taiwan University (NTU) 

Taiwan  

78 

University of Southampton 

United Kingdom

79 

Tohoku University 

Japan

80

University of Washington

United States

81 

University of Glasgow  

United Kingdom

82

University of Copenhagen 

Denmark  

=83

University of Wisconsin-Madison

United States

=83

University of Zurich 

Switzerland

85

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

United States 

86

University of Leeds 

United Kingdom

87 

University of Auckland 

New Zealand 

88 

Georgia Institute of Technology 

United States 

89 

KTH Royal Institute of Technology 

Sweden 

90 

University of Western Australia

Australia

91 

University of Birmingham 

United Kingdom 

92 

Durham University 

United Kingdom 

93 

Pennsylvania State University

United States

94 

University of Science and Technology of China  

Mainland China

95 

Lund University 

Sweden 

=96 

University of Sheffield 

United Kingdom

=96

University of St Andrews 

United Kingdom 

98 

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Ireland 

99 

Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) 

South Korea

100 

Rice University

United States 

This article was originally published in June 2013 . It was last updated in June 2022

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