The World’s Best Colleges rankings are now online

We have rankings of the best universities on the planet by region and field of study.

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U.S. News has just published our first World's Best Colleges and Universities rankings. These rankings are based on data from the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings which were produced in association with QS Quacquarelli Symonds. One of the world's leading networks for careers and education, QS Quacquarelli Symonds has been publishing world rankings since 2004.

The World's Best Colleges and Universities rankings include the following rankings: Top 200 Universities Worldwide, the Top 30 Asian Universities, the Top 30 European Universities, the Top 20 Canadian Universities, and the Top 20 Australian and New Zealand Universities. The listing also includes the Top 50 global rankings in the fields of arts and humanities; engineering and IT; life sciences and biomedicine; natural sciences; and social sciences.

How are the World's Best Colleges rankings different from U.S. News's America's Best Colleges and America's Best Graduate Schools rankings?

  • First, none of the data from the America's Best Colleges and America's Best Graduate Schools rankings are used in the World's Best Colleges and Universities rankings. QS Quacquarelli Symonds does all the data collection and calculations for the World's Best Colleges rankings.
  • Second, the methodology used to compute the World's Best Colleges is different in many key areas. The World's Best Colleges rankings use six criteria: academic peer review, employer review, student/faculty ratio, citations per faculty member, the proportion of international faculty, and the proportion of international students.