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Times Higher Education (THE) Announces World Reputation Rankings 2020

Times Higher Education (THE) has announced its eagerly anticipated World Reputation Rankings 2020 list!

To determine the world’s best universities by reputation, THE conducts an invitation-only opinion survey of senior, published academics, asking them to list up to 15 universities that, in their opinion, lead the way in research and teaching in their field.

Each ranking is accompanied by:

  • Number of full-time equivalency (FTE) students
  • Number of students per staff
  • Percentage of international students 
  • Female-to-male ratio

In an effort to make the 2020 list the “most comprehensive assessment of global university prestige to date,” THE doubled the list this year to include the top 200 universities.

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ApplyBoard Partner Schools

At ApplyBoard, we consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to work with our partner schools on our shared mission to educate the world. We want to take a moment to congratulate those who were included in THE’s World Reputation Rankings 2020 list:

Canada

McGill University
University of Waterloo

United States

Johns Hopkins University
University of Arizona
Arizona State University – Tempe
University of California, Irvine

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Top 50 Universities

The list below includes the top 50 universities on the THE World University Rankings 2020. Read the complete list of top 200 schools.

*Denotes a tie

Rank University Country/Region # of FTE Students # of Students Per Staff International Students
Female:Male Ratio
1 Harvard University United States 20,823 9.2 24% 49:51
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States 11,247 8.6 34% 39:61
3 Stanford University United States 16,135 7.3 23% 43:57
4 University of Cambridge United Kingdom 18,978 10.9 37% 47:53
5 University of Oxford United Kingdom 20,664 11.2 41% 46:54
6 University of California, Berkeley United States 41,081 13.7 17% 50:50
7 Princeton University United States 7,983 8.1 25% 45:55
8 Yale University United States 12,402 5.4 20% 50:50
9 University of California, Los Angeles United States 41,066 9.4 17% 54:46
10 The University of Tokyo Japan 25,913 10.6 12% N/A
11 California Institute of Technology United States 2,240 6.4 30% 34:66
12 The University of Chicago United States 13,833 5.7 28% 46:54
13 Tsinghua University China 38,783 12.0 11% 34:66
14 Columbia University United States 26,586 5.8 37% N/A
15 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor United States 42,982 8.3 17% 49:51
16 Peking University China 39,575 11.5 15% 46:54
17 ETH Zurich Switzerland 18,956 12.5 39% 32:68
18 UCL United Kingdom 32,665 10.6 52% 57:43
19 Johns Hopkins University United States 16,171 4.5 26% 52:48
20* University of Pennsylvania United States 20,578 6.5 21% 52:48
20* University of Toronto Canada 73,370 20.1 21% 59:41
22 Imperial College London United Kingdom 16,760 11.7 56% 38:62
23 Kyoto University Japan 22,566 9.0 9% 24:76
24 National University of Singapore Singapore 30,869 17.9 28% 51:49
25 Cornell University United States 22,319 9.8 25% 49:51
26 London School of Economics and Political Science United Kingdom 10,570 12.1 71% 53:47
27 New York University United States 44,466 8.9 33% 57:43
28 Duke University United States 15,309 4.3 19% 49:51
29 University of Washington United States 45,692 11.1 16% 53:47
30 University of Texas at Austin United States 49,165 17.2 10% 52:48
31 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom 29,433 12.8 41% 60:40
32 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign United States 44,916 17.9 24% 47:53
33 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States 39,154 10.0 13% N/A
34* University of California, San Diego United States 33,579 13.0 23% 46:54
34* Northwestern University United States 17,951 12.8 20% 49:51
36 Carnegie Mellon University United States 13,430 13.6 48% 41:59
37 Lomonosov Moscow State University Russia 29,235 7.3 29% 48:52
38 University of British Columbia Canada 52,108 18.1 32% 55:45
39 University of Melbourne Australia 47,385 26.3 46% 56:44
40* McGill University Canada 31,294 13.0 29% 58:42
40* National Taiwan University (NTU) Taiwan 27,254 11.1 11% 40:60
42* École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland 10,492 11.4 59% 28:72
42* LMU Munich Germany 34,519 34.7 17% 61:39
44 Georgia Institute of Technology United States 21,372 18.3 27% 33:67
45 Seoul National University South Korea 26,182 12.4 12% N/A
46 Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris France 21,298 11.5 26% 46:54
47 King’s College London United Kingdom 26,057 12.5 44% 62:38
48* University of Manchester United Kingdom 37,038 14.4 40% 53:47
48* University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States 35,419 9.4 8% 57:43
50* University of California, San Francisco United States N/A N/A N/A N/A
50* Sorbonne University France 43,076 13.5 19% 58:42

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