# QS World University Rankings

Name the world's 50 top universities, according to Quacquarelli Symonds.
For the year 2021–22
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Last updated: September 20, 2021
 First submitted September 17, 2012 Times taken 44,241 Average score 34.0% Rating 3.88
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 # University 1 MIT 2 Oxford 3 Stanford 4 Cambridge 5 Harvard 6 Caltech 7 Imperial College London 8 ETH Zurich 9 University College London 10 Chicago 11 National University ofSingapore 12 Nanyang TechnologicalUniversity 13 Pennsylvania 14 École PolytechniqueFédérale de Lausanne 15 Yale 16 Edinburgh 17 Tsinghua 18 Peking University 19 Columbia 20 Princeton 21 Cornell 22 University of Hong Kong 23 Tokyo 23 Michigan 25 Johns Hopkins 26 Toronto 27 McGill 27 Australian National University 27 Manchester 30 Northwestern 31 Fudan University 32 Berkeley 33 Kyoto 34 Hong Kong Universityof Science and Technology 35 King's College London 36 Seoul 37 Melbourne 38 Sydney 39 Chinese University of Hong Kong 40 UCLA 42 KAIST 42 New York University 43 New South Wales 44 Université PSL 45 Zhejiang 46 University of British Columbia 47 Queensland 48 UCSD 49 Institut Polytechnique de Paris 49 London School of Economics
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Level 27
Oct 16, 2012
WOOP WOOP 100 PERCENT!!!
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Level 37
Dec 18, 2012
who'd u get 100 percent is 0 percent got the hong kong one?
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Level 41
Jan 21, 2013
ha ha good observation. ;)
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Level 58
Apr 7, 2017
As a Hongkonger, I wouldn't miss any of them
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Level 19
Aug 25, 2017
Many many people take the quiz, and for those who went to school and learned math, they know that numbers can round up and down. Jetpunk must do this since there are no decimal percentages, only whole numbers. The percent of ppl that get the hong kong could easily be something like 0.2%, which would round down to 0%. Just because it says 0% got it, doesn't mean no one actually got it. But then I could also be wrong and Jetpunk always puts atleast 1% if anyone at all gets it, but whatever.
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Level 59
Sep 27, 2021
you have to look at the column to the left, the column to the right is only based on the times you took the quiz.
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Level 70
Oct 9, 2021
When people make smarmy comments like “for those who went to school and learned maths,” I am always curious… are they saying that to make the person feel bad, or do they say it to make themselves feel better about themselves? Either way, it never fails to make them look like an obnoxious bore.
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Level 43
Jan 23, 2013
LOL If only you were telling the truth...
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Level 67
Jan 8, 2020
There are better things to lie about.. if you are keen on lying
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Level 72
Feb 1, 2013
With the number of people taking this quiz, 10 of them could have easily gotten Hong Kong S&T... 0% is just less than .5%. Though it's still funny.
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Level 73
Sep 21, 2021
I think the percentages are calculated using the users' first take of the quiz, the 100% might be not be the first run.

Relax, it's just a quiz

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Level 42
Jun 3, 2014
Very good quiz. But since you accept UCL for University College London, could you also accept Imperial for Imperial College London?
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Level ∞
Sep 19, 2014
Okay
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Level 77
Oct 16, 2014
I typed in UCLA, not realizing it gave me the London school instead, so I missed UCLA, but I wouldn't have gotten the other one, so no difference in the score.
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Level 49
Oct 17, 2014
...and NSW for the University of New South Wales?
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Level 21
Sep 13, 2016
That would be UNSW
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Level 75
Sep 20, 2021
Seconding UNSW!
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Level 71
Oct 6, 2021
Thirding; UNSW is its' common abbreviation
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Level 64
Oct 6, 2021
Yes, I tried UNSW, which is the standard designation, and was surprised it was not there. Turns out it's listed under the wrong name.
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Level 75
Jun 29, 2014
This is SO subjective, and pretty meaningless. Looks like if its famous, it's ranked. Whoopy-do. How can you possibly compare one university with another like this???
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Level 81
Aug 13, 2014
Sorbonne is famous and it's not there.
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Level 59
Jan 8, 2020
That's because while it is a famous university, and very old, it is not one of the prestigious French universities. Anyone can get in, pretty well.
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Level 75
Sep 29, 2014
I wonder if the Sorbonne mostly teaches in French? This whole list seems to be of places that teach in English. The method they use to calculate the ranking, highly subjective as I suspected, is here.
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Level 66
Sep 24, 2018

Citations per faculty: 20%

International student ratio: 5%

A lot more people speak mandarin than french.. language is far from being the only determinant, but it does have an influence. Comparison of universities and the worth of their education are two different things, although some indicators are interesting.

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Level 60
Oct 16, 2014
Wisconsin? How random.
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Level 79
Oct 16, 2014
Wisconsin threw you off? They have a great research program there. Now Heidelberg, that one really threw me.
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Level 80
Oct 8, 2018
Heidelberg is probably the most famous university town in Germany
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Level 87
Dec 15, 2018
I swear I typed in Heidelberg as one of my first guesses. I don't see it.
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Level 77
Dec 17, 2018
Same here. It must have dropped off the list.
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Level 64
Oct 17, 2014
sorry this is dubious....eg no LSE, St Andrews.....could go on......not sure of your data source but i think its wrong
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Level 55
Dec 1, 2014
So, no DeVry?
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Level 75
Jun 18, 2015
No University of Tasmania?! How very dare you!
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Level 61
Apr 2, 2016
These are mostly the name of the places the universities are in, rather than the full names of the universities. "Queensland" is the University of Queensland, commonly known as UQ, which didn't work so I assumed it wasn't on there. The same goes for UNSW for the University of New South Wales. They're far more commonly known by their abbreviations and even brand themselves like that.
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Level 47
Oct 6, 2021
Yep, NYU also didn't work but New York University is on there. Oddly random acceptance of abbreviations. They should either all be accepted or none.
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Level 65
Oct 6, 2021
NYU worked for me, idk how it didn't work for you since our comments are only hours apart
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Level 21
Jun 15, 2016
I know for a fact more UK universities should be on the list
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Level 55
Aug 18, 2016
This the 2014/15 rankings, I know Warwick at least made the top 50 for 15/16.
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Level 81
Sep 22, 2016
I think most ranking lists are completely different. University ranking is almost entirely subjective.
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Level 54
Jun 30, 2016
University of Phoenix?
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Level 84
May 22, 2018
Don't usually like to be "that commenter," but could we accept Beijing University? I recall that "beijing duck" was accepted for "peking duck" on another quiz. Also, I just tried it, and Wikipedia redirects "Beijing University" to the "Peking University" page.

Alternatively, feel free to tell me that the quiz already does accept "beijing," and I simply misspelled it like a dummy :)

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Level 77
Dec 17, 2018
It didn't accept Beijing for me, either. (BTW, I saw a cooking show the other night, and a Chinese chef called it Beijing Duck.)
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Level 59
Aug 18, 2018
I think you should take JHU for johns hopkins
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Level 76
Sep 24, 2018
Carnegie Mellon is spelled wrong.
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Level 81
Sep 24, 2018
And the proper spelling isn't even accepted as an answer.
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Level ∞
Sep 26, 2018
Fixed
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Level 83
Sep 24, 2018
This comment is redundant, but HEY! CARNEGIE MELLON IS SPELLED WRONG!
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Level 89
Sep 25, 2018
Can you not accept Zurich for ETH Zurich?
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Level 53
Dec 15, 2018
Would be problematic, since there is also the University of Zurich.
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Level 34
Sep 20, 2019
There's more than just the ETH in Zurich.
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Level 87
Dec 15, 2018
I think Tony Soprano has a hand in Columbia making the list but not Colby, Bates or Bowdoin.
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Level 84
Dec 15, 2018
Do I not get this because I didn't watch The Sopranos?
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Level 67
Oct 7, 2021
Yes. His daughter went to Columbia. I think she considered going to the other ones mentioned, but maybe she wasn't accepted? I don't remember that part.
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Level 39
Dec 17, 2018
I got Berkeley when I wanted to try "california" and it shows Berkeley when I typed "CAL"
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Level 69
Dec 17, 2018
The University of California's flagship campus at Berkeley is referred to as both Berkeley (generally when discussing academics) and Cal (generally when discussing athletics, and, I think, by people from California).
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Level 65
Dec 17, 2018
Maybe you could accept UNSW for the University of New South Wales, as it is commonly referred to as such. Especially if you accept UCL, UCLA and UCSD.
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Level 68
Dec 17, 2018
I am not familiar with this ranking institution but Cornell ranked ahead of Yale lolololololololol.
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Level 84
Dec 17, 2018
laughing out loud out loud out loud out loud out loud out loud out loud? ... I take it you didn't study English literature at Yale?
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Level 68
Dec 18, 2018
Sorry if you are offended, did you attend Cornell? Cornell leads the Ivy League in one thing and that's suicides.
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Level 84
Sep 20, 2019
More evidence that you never attended an Ivy League school.
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Level 76
Dec 17, 2018
CMU for Carnegie Mellon?
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Level 66
Dec 18, 2018
Hi, you probably should accept "beijing" for "peking university"
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Level 61
May 29, 2019
You should accept NSW and UNSW for New South Wales. When neither of those worked, I moved on and never bothered typing the whole thing. The uni usually goes by the name UNSW.
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Level 56
Sep 20, 2019
You asked for Universities, but then split University of London into Colleges. ditto Berkeley

Suggest therefore that many of the COLLEGES at Oxford and Cambridge would push many of the USA Universities down the list.

Coxbury

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Level 82
Sep 20, 2019
Can't speak for Berkeley, but it's not unusual to consider the London colleges separately. For one thing, the largest colleges in Oxford and Cambridge have around 1,000 students, while UCL has around 42,000 and Imperial around 17,000. Ultimately the quiz is based on the QS rankings anyway, so it's wasn't Quizmaster's decision to separate them. I guess there's a case for a caveat, but it does say "according to Quacquarelli Symonds".
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Level ∞
Sep 20, 2021
@coxbury. There's a reason that QS broke the data up the way it did. There's a major difference between a college at Oxford (a few hundred students) and a university such as UCLA or Berkeley (tens of thousands of students).
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Level 78
Oct 6, 2021
The University of London "Colleges" operate as independent universities, and are considered as such. This is not the case with the Oxford and Cambridge colleges.
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Level 67
Jan 8, 2020
Wth is a quacquarelli symonds? Sounds like a quack..
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Level 77
Sep 20, 2021
A famous painter. Inventor of aquarelle.
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Level 76
Sep 22, 2021
I think the Paris Polytechnique one should be 59th on the list, not 49th
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Level 86
Sep 22, 2021
No Duke? I'm suspicious.
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Level 70
Oct 6, 2021
Crazy how the 2 swiss institutes of technology are so not known, though they are the best and the third best non-american or british universities in the world...
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Level 56
Oct 6, 2021
Can you accept Polytechnique for the Institut Polytechnique de Paris? In France, we only use Polytechnique to refer to this school.
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Level ∞
Oct 6, 2021
Sure.
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Level 76
Oct 6, 2021
I'm studying Biochemistry at King's College London!
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Level 76
Oct 6, 2021
Surprised how few people got Imperial College London.
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Level 53
Oct 7, 2021
Non-Brits think Oxford, Cambridge, maybe LSE and that's it. And maybe Edinburgh because that's where ~*~Will and Kate~*~ met.
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Level 81
May 2, 2022
Didn't they go to St Andrews though?
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Level 67
Oct 7, 2021
I once watched an episode of Jeopardy! where a contestant's interesting fact was that he attended "the University of Michigan, the largest elite institution in the world" and I have never wanted to punch someone so badly in my life.
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Level 62
Oct 9, 2021
Nice idea, but the type-ins for this quiz are not good.