The 24 best universities in the world

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US News & World Report has released its third annual rankings of the Best Global Universities.

Drawing on factors such as breadth of research, global reputation, and the number of books and publications released each year, the list ranks the 1,000 best schools in the world.

The ranking features familiar faces at the head of the list, with top-tier American universities claiming the first five slots. Here’s how the top two dozen shake out.


24. University of California, Santa Barbara

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Global score: 81.4

Global research reputation: #61

Publications: #216

Conferences: #228


23. University College London

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Global score: 81.7

Global research reputation: #22

Publications: #3

Conferences: #141


22. Cornell University

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Global score: 81.9

Global research reputation: #19

Publications: #26

Conferences: #156


21. University of Toronto

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Global score: 82

Global research reputation: #20

Publications: #2

Conferences: #68


19. Imperial College London

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Global score: 82.8

Global research reputation: #15

Publications: #16

Conferences: #65


19. Duke University

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Global score: 82.8

Global research reputation: #30

Publications: #29

Conferences: #237


17. University of Pennsylvania

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Global score: 83.4

Global research reputation: #18

Publications: #13

Conferences: #192


17. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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Global score: 83.4

Global research reputation: #13

Publications: #4

Conferences: #38


16. University of California, San Francisco

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Global score: 84.1

Global research reputation: #36

Publications: #42

Conferences: #950


15. University of California, San Diego

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Global score: 84.3

Global research reputation: #32

Publications: #24

Conferences: #91


14. Yale University

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Global score: 85.1

Global research reputation: #9

Publications: #28

Conferences: #366


13. University of Chicago

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Global score: 85.2

Global research reputation: #12

Publications: #37

Conferences: #163


11. University of Washington

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Global score: 85.4

Global research reputation: #29

Publications: #12

Conferences: #146


11. Johns Hopkins University

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Global score: 85.4

Global research reputation: #17

Publications: #6

Conferences: #136


10. University of California, Los Angeles

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Global score: 85.8

Global research reputation: #8

Publications: #10

Conferences: #86


9. Columbia University

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Global score: 85.9

Global research reputation: #14

Publications: #15

Conferences: #179


8. Princeton University

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Global score: 86.2

Global research reputation: #7

Publications: #140

Conferences: #209


7. University of Cambridge

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Global score: 86.3

Global research reputation: #3

Publications: #9

Conferences: #87


6. University of Oxford

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Global score: 88.1

Global research reputation: #6

Publications: #5

Conferences: #131


5. California Institute of Technology

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Global score: 89.3

Global research reputation: #10

Publications: #127

Conferences: #71


4. University of California, Berkeley

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Global score: 92.8

Global research reputation: #5

Publications: #14

Conferences: #35


3. Stanford University

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Global score: 92.9

Global research reputation: #4

Publications: #11

Conferences: #56


2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Global score: 97.9

Global research reputation: #2

Publications: #30

Conferences: #17


1. Harvard University

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Global score: 100

Global research reputation: #1

Publications: #1

Conferences: #112