1. Harvard University
2. Stanford University
3. Yale University
4. California Institute of Technology
5. University of California at Berkeley
6. University of Cambridge
7. Massachusetts Institute Technology
8. Oxford University
9. University of California at San Francisco
10. Columbia University
11. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
12. University of California at Los Angeles
13. University of Pennsylvania
14. Duke University
15. Princeton Universitty
16. Tokyo University
17. Imperial College London
18. University of Toronto
19. Cornell University
20. University of Chicago
21. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
22. University of Washington at Seattle
23. University of California at San Diego
24. Johns Hopkins University
25. University College London
26. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne
27. University Texas at Austin
28. University of Wisconsin at Madison
29. Kyoto University
30. University of Minnesota Twin Cities
31. University of British Columbia
32. University of Geneva
33. Washington University in St. Louis
34. London School of Economics
35. Northwestern University
36. National University of Singapore
37. University of Pittsburgh
38. Australian National University
39. New York University
40. Pennsylvania State University
We evaluated schools on some of the measures used in well-known rankings published by Shanghai Jiaotong University and the Times of London Higher Education Survey. Fifty percent of the score came from equal parts of three measures used by Shanghai Jiatong: the number of highly-cited researchers in various academic fields, the number of articles published in Nature and Science, and the number of articles listed in the ISI Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities indices. Another 40 percent of the score came from equal parts of four measures used by the Times: the percentage of international faculty, the percentage of international students, citations per faculty member (using ISI data), and the ratio of faculty to students. The final 10 percent came from library holdings (number of volumes).
Nobody gives two ****s about these tables. The fact that 10% of the scores comes from library holdings is simply utterly laughable, eg. places like Cambridge and Oxford would have an apparent advantage over somewhere like UCL in terms of holdings, but then that wouldn't bother me at all since I have the British Library at my doorstep. These guys are complete morons - you get more marks for having more international students? Twits!
Rankings don't mean much.. they try to generlise different education styles and advantages and do not take into account how different students would benefit. Sure the UK schools need money (HINT HINT TONY IRAQ BLAIR Start the right reforms), but they still cater a world class education.
IMO, Ratings may be useful as a general overview of where's reasonably good (i.e. the top twenty are probably going to have a good rep with employers and attract the strongest students) but really, it's what you're prepared to put into a degree, how much you enjoy your course, and what else you do at your university that's going to make it good or bad for you. Just because a bunch of irrelevant journalists and pollsters think it's a good place to study doesn't guarantee its students a happy, successful or fulfilled life.
I'm highly doubtful as to the validity of the Shanghai Jiaotong ratings myself, but isn't it still a good feeling to see UCL up there on spot 25 either way?
Especially when annoying relatives ask things like "UCL- never heard of it!"" I can smugly reply "it's been ranked 25th in the world, you know! Mwhaha!".
Or something along those lines...
If you want a good university ranking use the THES 2005.
the above one is a load of *******s.
If it were possible to average out all the major tables there might be some truth in the result...
You have to take these tables with a lot of salt.
The richer American Universities attract a big amount of students on financial merit and not intellectual ability, or even character/work ethic/etc.
Not to mention an individual course, or even your PhD supervisor, will not neccesarily mirror the ranking of the university.
Well, exactly. Time and again on this website, I read the opinions of people with manifestly no experience of the United States who seem to believe that their pronouncements a. are interesting and b. carry some authority.
you doth protest too much!