World University Rankings 2018

Times Higher Education released their 2018 World University Rankings. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 list the top 1,000 universities in the world, making it the biggest international league table to date.

It is the only global university performance table to judge research-intensive universities across all of their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. THE uses 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

University of Oxford is number 1, followed by University of Cambridge at number 2. California Institute of Technology and Stanford are tied for third place. MIT is number 5, while Harvard University sits at number 6 on the list. Princeton University is number 7, Imperial College London is number 8 and University of Chicago is number 9. To finish the top 10, ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and University of Pennsylvania are tied at number 10. Yale, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, UCLA, University College London, Duke, UC Berkeley, Cornell and Northwestern rank among the top 20.

View the full ranking and the methodology here: THE 2018 World University Rankings

the ranking

Let´s talk about RANKINGS!

When looking for a college, one of the factors you might take into account are rankings.


First and foremost, keep in mind there are several types of rankings and schools might have different positions depending on what list you´re looking at. So be sure to check several rankings before determining whether a college is “well ranked” or not. For example, the University of Chicago is ranked as #3 by US News in their National Universities Rankings. Times Higher Education ranks University of Chicago as #13 in its US Colleges Rankings. Forbes ranks University of Chicago as #20 in its America´s Top Colleges Ranking. Each ranking uses different methodologies leading to different results.

Second, you should look at rankings for majors you might want to study as there´s a vast difference between national rankings and rankings for specific majors. For example, Purdue University is ranked by US News as #60 in National Universities Rankings. Purdue is also ranked by US News as #9 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs. Purdue also ranks as #13 in Best Undergraduate Teaching.

Third, and perhaps most importantly, don´t look just at rankings – it is important that a college be a good fit for YOU – that might be uncorrelated to its ranking and that is perfectly ok.

Keep in mind there are rankings for pretty much anything from major, to food, to dorms, to quality of life, to best teaching, etc. For example, Princeton Review “Happiest Students” did a survey and ranked where students seem the happiest.

Here are some of the most popular rankings that you should take a look at:

US News National Universities Rankings

US News National Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings

US News – Other Rankings Including By Major

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Times Higher Education US Colleges Rankings

Times Higher Education – Other Rankings

Forbes America´s Top Colleges

Princeton Review Best 381 Colleges

ARWU = Academic Rankings of World Universities

Q&S = Quacquarelli Simonds