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Times Higher Education Announces World University Rankings 2021

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Times Higher Education (THE) has announced the results of the World University Rankings 2021

The list includes more than 1,500 universities spanning 93 countries and regions. It’s “the only global university league table to judge research-intensive universities across each one of their core missions”: 

  • Teaching (the learning environment)
  • Research (volume, income, and reputation)
  • International outlook (staff, students, and research)
  • Citations (research influence)
  • Industry income (knowledge transfer)

Times Higher Education employs 13 performance indicators to ensure “comprehensive and balanced comparisons,” and the data is independently audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

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ApplyBoard Partner Universities

ApplyBoard wishes to extend our congratulations to our partner universities across Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States included in the World University Rankings 2021—an astounding 87 made the cut! We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to work with each of our partner schools on our shared mission to educate the world.


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Top 50 Universities for 2021

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*The = symbol denotes a tie.

Ranking University Country
1 University of Oxford United Kingdom
2 Stanford University United States
3 Harvard University United States
4 California Institute of Technology United States
5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
6 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
7 University of California, Berkeley United States
8 Yale University United States
9 Princeton University United States
10 University of Chicago United States
11 Imperial College London United Kingdom
12 Johns Hopkins University United States
13 University of Pennsylvania United States
14 ETH Zurich Switzerland
15 University of California, Los Angeles United States
16 UCL United Kingdom
17 Columbia University United States
18 University of Toronto Canada
19 Cornell University United States
=20 Duke University United States
=20 Tsinghua University China
22 University of Michigan – Ann Arbor United States
23 Peking University China
24 Northwestern University United States
25 National University of Singapore Singapore
26 New York University United States
27 London School of Economics and Political Science United Kingdom
28 Carnegie Mellon University United States
29 University of Washington United States
30 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
31 University of Melbourne Australia
32 LMU Munich Germany
33 University of California, San Diego United States
34 University of British Columbia Canada
35 King’s College London United Kingdom
=36 Karolinska Institute Sweden
=36 The University of Tokyo Japan
38 Georgia Institute of Technology United States
39 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
40 McGill University Canada
41 Technical University of Munich Germany
42 Heidelberg University Germany
43 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
44 University of Texas at Austin United States
45 KU Leuven Belgium
46 Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris France
47 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Singapore
48 University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign United States
49 University of Wisconsin – Madison United States
50 Washington University in St Louis United States

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