Top Universities in the World

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Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Mar 30, 2021 17:34 IST

In this article, we have given the list of top universities in the world. These universities are selected on various parameters that measure their global reputation, academic and teaching performance, and knowledge transfer and research opportunities. Students can use this list of top universities in the world while planning for their higher education.

List of top 10 universities in the world:

Note: The order of universities shared is not based on their rankings.

University Shiksha Popularity Rank QS World University Rank 2021 THE World University Rank 2021
Harvard University 1 3 3
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2 1 5
Stanford University 3 2 2
California Institute of Technology 4 4 4
University of Cambridge 5 7 6
Princeton University 6 12 9
University of Oxford 7 5 1
Yale University 8 17 8
University of Chicago 9 9 10
University of California, Berkeley, US 10 30 7

Harvard University

Harvard University is one of the oldest and prestigious research universities in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is a private Ivy League university dedicated to learning, teaching, and research. Some of the popular majors offered by Harvard are Computer Science, History, Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, Law and Mathematics. It is very difficult to get into Harvard and gain experience at one of the top educational institutions in the world. One needs to have a very strong profile to learn with the best minds.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT is one of the top private research universities based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sloan School of Management and School of Engineering are some of its highly ranked graduate schools. Apart from this, its popular programs include Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Psychology, and Economics. It is one of the best universities globally when it comes to graduate employment. One needs to have a strong profile, excellent grades to get into this top school.

Stanford University

Stanford is a private research university based in California, US. It is highly recognized by students looking to get into an undergraduate program. Also, with a 4% acceptance rate, it is very difficult to get into Stanford. It has consistently ranked amongst the top 10 universities globally. Stanford has produced several Nobel laureates, notable leaders, and global thinkers.

California Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology is known for offering world-class science and engineering-related programs. The institute is recognized globally for its impactful research programs and knowledge gain from its discoveries. It is very difficult to get into Caltech as they have a small student body. Even with its relatively small size, Caltech has produced a number of Nobel Laureates.

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University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge is the world's fourth oldest and respected universities with its origin goes back to 1209. The research university is the second-oldest English-speaking University. Cambridge specializes in offering high-quality education in social sciences, arts, humanities and sciences, and engineering. It is extremely difficult to get into Cambridge and share the experience of studying with some of the brightest minds.

List of Top Universities Country wise:

Top Universities in China

Top Universities in the USA

Top Universities in Canada

Top Universities in France

Top Universities of Germany

Top Universities in the UK

Top Universities in Australia

Top Universities in the Netherlands

Apart from the above mention universities, there are also some other popular universities in the world, which are counted amongst the best universities in the world. Out of these, some universities are recognized as the top universities in the world for MBA and some of them are known as the top universities in the world for engineering.

Some of the universities among the top 100 in the world


Shiksha Popularity Rank

QS Rank 2021 (world)

THE Rank 2021 (world)

Columbia University, US




University of Pennsylvania




Rockefeller University




Johns Hopkins University, US




Cornell University, US




University College London




University of California - Los Angeles Campus




University of Michigan, Ann Arbor




Duke University, US




Northwestern University, US




Note: The order of universities shared is not based on their rankings.

From the above list, we can conclude that the USA is the top study destination in the world followed by the United Kingdom (UK). The regular contenders Australia and Canada have proved their mettle in the field of higher education. Also, Singapore has emerged as the top-most study destination for international students in Asia. China is also emerging as a preferred destination for international students.

About the Author
Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert

With a plethora of knowledge of the education domain, Piyush Kohli has been involved with study abroad for over 5 years and counting. He comes with prior experience on the complexities of the study abroad applicatio... Read Full Bio




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