The 20 best universities in the world, according to US News & World Report

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Harvard University is the best college in the world, according to a new ranking from US News & World Report.

US News is known for its rankings of national universities and liberal-arts colleges, which for the third year in a row named Princeton University and Williams College as the top schools in America. Harvard ranked second on the list of US universities.

The global rankings have not changed significantly from last year’s inaugural list, and American universities still dominate, taking 16 of the top 20 spots.

Also in the top 20 are three British universities and a Canadian university.

In calculating its global rankings, US News looked at characteristics that “focus specifically on schools’ academic research and reputation overall,” unlike in the undergraduate rankings, which include factors such as undergraduate admissions data and graduation rates.


No. 20 — Duke University (Durham, North Carolina)

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No. 19 — University of California at San Diego (San Diego)

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No. 18 — Imperial College London (United Kingdom)

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No. 17 — University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

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No. 16 — University of Toronto (Canada)

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No. 14 (tie) —Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut)

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No. 14 (tie) — University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)

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No. 13 — Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey)

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No. 12 — Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore)

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No. 11 — University of Washington (Seattle)

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No. 10 — University of Chicago (Chicago)

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No. 9 — Columbia University (New York City)

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No. 8 — University of California at Los Angeles (Los Angeles)

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No. 7 — California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, California)

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No. 6 — University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

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No. 5 — University of Oxford (United Kingdom)

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No. 4 — Stanford University (Stanford, California)

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No. 3 — University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley, California)

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No. 2 — Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

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No. 1 — Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

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