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Top 100 universities in the world, 2021

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Top 100 universities in the world, 2021

MIT is the best university in the world for the tenth consecutive year.
This year’s World University Rankings feature 1,029 universities in total.
Want to study at one of the world’s top 100 universities? The QS World University Rankings offers an annually updated list of top 1,029 universities worldwide. We will be revealing which of these made the top 100.

In the 2022 edition of the QS World University Rankings, just under half of the top 100 universities in the world are located in the US (which has 26 representatives) or the UK (18).

Here’s a complete rundown of the world’s top 100 universities.

Top 100 Universities in the World

According to the QS World University Rankings 2022

  1. Rank
  2. University
  3. Location

    Top 100 universities in the world
    Top 100 universities in the world
  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – United States
  2. University of Oxford – United Kingdom
  3. Stanford University United States
  4. 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
  9. UCL (University College London) – 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. Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) – Switzerland
  15. Yale University – United States
  16. University of Edinburgh – United Kingdom
  17. Tsinghua University – Mainland China
  18. Peking University – Mainland China
  19. Columbia University – United States
  20. Princeton University – United States
  21. Cornell University – United States
  22. University of Hong Kong (UKU) – Hong Kong SAR
  23. University of Tokyo – Japan
  24. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor – United States
  25. Johns Hopkins University – United States
  26. University of Toronto – Canada
  27. McGill University – United States
  28. Australian National University – Australia
  29. University of Manchester – United Kingdom
  30. Northwestern University – United States
  31. Fudan University – Mainland China
  32. University of California, Berkeley (UCB) – United States
  33. Kyoto University – Japan
  34. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) – Hong Kong SAR
  35. King’s College London – United Kingdom
  36. Seoul National University – South Korea
  37. University of Melbourne – Australia
  38. University of Sydney – Australia
  39. Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) – Hong Kong SAR
  40. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) – United States
  41. KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology – South Korea
  42. New York University (NYU) – United States
  43. University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) – Australia
  44. Universite PSL – France
  45. Zhejiang University – Mainland China
  46. University of British Columbia – Canada
  47. University of Queensland – Australia
  48. University of California, San Diego (UCSD) – United States
  49. London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) – United Kingdom
  50. Shanghai Jiao Tong University – Mainland China
  51. Technical University of Munich – Germany
  52. Duke University – United States
  53. Carnegie Mellon University – United States
  54. City University of Hong Kong – Hong Kong SAR
  55. University of Amsterdam – Netherlands
  56. Tokyo Institute of Technology – Japan
  57. Delft University of Technology – Netherlands
  58. Monash University – Australia
  59. Institut Polytechnique de Paris – France
  60. Brown University – United States
  61. University of Warwick – United Kingdom
  62. University of Bristol – United Kingdom
  63. Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg – Germany
  64. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München – Germany
  65. Universiti Malaya (UM) – Malaysia
  66. Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Hong Kong SAR
  67. University of Texas at Austin – United States
  68. National Taiwan University (NTU) – Taiwan
  69. Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) – Argentina
  70. KU Leuven – Belgium
  71. University of Zurich – Switzerland
  72. Sorbonne University – France
  73. University of Glasgow – United Kingdom
  74. Korea University – South Korea
  75. Osaka University – Japan
  76. University of Wisconsin-Madison – United States
  77. University of Southampton – United Kingdom
  78. Lomonosov Moscow State University – Russia
  79. University of Copenhagen – Denmark
  80. Yonsei University – South Korea
  81. Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) – South Korea
  82. Durham University – United Kingdom
  83. Tohoku University – Japan
  84. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – United States
  85. University of Auckland – New Zealand
  86. University of Washington – United States
  87. Lund University – Sweden
  88. Georgia Institute of Technology – United States
  89. KTH Royal Institute of Technology – Sweden
  90. University of Birmingham – United Kingdom
  91. University of St Andrews – United Kingdom
  92. University of Leeds – United Kingdom
  93. University of Western Australia – Australia
  94. Rice University – United States
  95. University of Sheffield – United Kingdom
  96. University of Pennsylvania – United States
  97. Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) – South Korea
  98. University of Science and Technology of China – Mainland China
  99. Technical University of Denmark – Denmark
  100. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – United States

This article was originally published in June 2013. It was last updated in June 2021

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