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ShanghaiRanking’s 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

This week, ShanghaiRanking Consultancy released the much-anticipated 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Every year since 2003, ARWU has ranked universities around the globe “based on transparent methodology and objective third-party data.” ARWU ranks more than 2,000 universities each year and publishes a list of the top 1,000 institutions.

To arrive at its results, ARWU uses six objective indicators, including:

  • The number of alumni and faculty awarded Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals
  • The number of articles published in nature and science journals
  • The number of Highly Cited Researchers and articles indexed in the Science Citation Index – Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index based on data in the Web of Science
  • Per capita academic performance

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ApplyBoard Partner Universities

ApplyBoard wants to congratulate all of our partner universities in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States who made the list! An impressive 73 of them were included, and we’re extremely proud to work with each of them to help educate the world!

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Top 50 Universities for 2020

Here are the top 50 universities in the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities. Universities within the same rank range are listed alphabetically.

For the complete list of the top 1,000 universities and more information on the methodologies ShanghaiConsultancy uses to rank them, please click here.

2020 Ranking 2019 Ranking University Country
1 1 Harvard University USA
2 2 Stanford University USA
3 3 University of Cambridge UK
4 4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) USA
5 5 University of California, Berkeley USA
6 6 Princeton University USA
7 8 Columbia University USA
8 9 California Institute of Technology USA
9 7 University of Oxford UK
10 10 University of Chicago USA
11 11 Yale University USA
12 13 Cornell University USA
13 11 University of California, Los Angeles USA
14 Paris-Saclay University France
15 16 Johns Hopkins University USA
16 15 University College London UK
16 14 University of Washington USA
18 18 University of California, San Diego USA
19 17 University of Pennsylvania USA
20 19 ETH Zurich Switzerland
21 20 University of California, San Francisco USA
22 20 University of Michigan – Ann Arbor USA
23 24 University of Toronto Canada
23 22 Washington University in St. Louis USA
25 23 Imperial College London UK
26 25 The University of Tokyo Japan
27 28 Duke University USA
27 30 New York University USA
29 43 Tsinghua University China
30 29 Northwestern University USA
30 33 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill USA
32 27 University of Wisconsin – Madison USA
33 26 University of Copenhagen Denmark
34 32 Kyoto University Japan
35 41 The University of Melbourne Australia
36 PSL University France
36 33 The University of Manchester UK
38 35 University of British Columbia Canada
39 44 Sorbonne University France
40 41 University of Minnesota, Twin Cities USA
41 45 The University of Texas at Austin USA
42 31 The University of Edinburgh UK
43 35 Rockefeller University USA
44 38 University of Colorado at Boulder USA
45 38 Karolinska Institute Sweden
45 38 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign USA
47 51 King’s College London UK
48 49 The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas USA
49 53 Peking University China
49 48 University of California, Santa Barbara USA

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