The QS World University Rankings 2022 Have Arrived

Have you heard the news? The much anticipated QS World University Rankings 2022 are here!

With 1,300 universities representing all four corners of the globe, this year’s list is the largest and most comprehensive since the QS World University Rankings were first established in 2004. 

To arrive at its results and to ensure consistency and accuracy, QS uses a methodological framework of six metrics to measure university performance. The six metrics, as well as the weight each carries, are as follows:

  1. Academic Reputation (40%)
  2. Employer Reputation (10%)
  3. Faculty/Student Ratio (20%)
  4. Citations per faculty (20%)
  5. International Faculty Ratio (5%)
  6. International Student Ratio (5%)

ApplyBoard Partner Universities

ApplyBoard wants to pass along our congratulations to our 72 partner universities across Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia included in the QS World University Rankings 2022! It’s truly an honour to work with each of our partner institutions on our shared mission to educate the world and break down barriers to international education.

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Canada is known for its excellent universities, inclusivity, and competitive post-graduation employment opportunities. The country had another strong year on the QS World University Rankings with some notable movements. The University of Waterloo jumped seven spots, and the University of Ottawa lept ahead 39 spots.

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United Kingdom

The United Kingdom consistently ranks among the top three study abroad destinations. Its incredible education system and top institutions are again reflected in this year’s QS World University Rankings. Congratulations to Swansea University for leaping ahead an impressive 34 places, Brunel University London 16 spots, and the University of Stirling 14.

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United States

The United States always has a strong showing on the QS World University Rankings, and this year was no different as US universities continued to dominate the rankings. Two of our partner schools in sunny Arizona, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, moved up four and five places, respectively.

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ApplyBoard was thrilled to land Down Under earlier this year, adding a wealth of Australian institutions to our platform. The country is home to one of the world’s most renowned education systems. The Australian National University is not only the top-ranked Australian university on the list, but also moved up four spots to crack the top 30.

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QS World University Rankings 2022: Top 50 Universities

While 1,300 universities made the cut in the QS World University Rankings 2022, we want to give you a glimpse at the top 50!

*The * symbol denotes a tie.

Ranking University Country
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) United States
2 University of Oxford United Kingdom
3* Stanford University United States
3* University of Cambridge United Kingdom
5 Harvard University United States
6 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) United States
7 Imperial College London United Kingdom
8* ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Switzerland
8* UCL United Kingdom
10 University of Chicago United States
11 National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore
12 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) Singapore
13 University of Pennsylvania United States
14* EPFL Switzerland
14* Yale University United States
16 The University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
17 Tsinghua University China
18 Peking University China
19 Columbia University United States
20 Princeton University United States
21 Cornell University United States
22 The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
23* The University of Tokyo Japan
23* University of Michigan-Ann Arbor United States
25 Johns Hopkins University United States
26 University of Toronto Canada
27* McGill University Canada
27* The Australian National University Australia
27* The University of Manchester United Kingdom
30 Northwestern University United States
31 Fudan University China
32 University of California, Berkeley United States
33 Kyoto University Japan
34 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
35 King’s College London United Kingdom
36 Seoul National University South Korea
37 The University of Melbourne Australia
38 The University of Sydney Australia
39 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
40 University of California, Los Angeles United States
41 KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology South Korea
42 New York University (NYU) United States
43 The University of New South Wales Australia
44 Université PSL France
45 Zhejiang University China
46 University of British Columbia Canada
47 The University of Queensland Australia
48 University of California, San Diego United States
49* Institut Polytechnique de Paris France
49* The London School of Economics and Political Science United Kingdom

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