Top 25 Universities In The World: THE World University Rankings 2017

By Divya

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, founded in 2004, provide the definitive list of the world's best universities, evaluated across teaching, research, international outlook, reputation and more. THE's data are trusted by governments and universities and are a vital resource for students, helping them choose where to study.


The Time's Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017 list the 980 top universities in the world, making it our biggest international league table to date.

This year's list of the best universities is led by a UK University for the first time in the 12-year history of the table; the University Of Oxford is the world's number one university, knocking five-time champion, the California Institute Of Technology (Caltech) into second place.

It is the first time a US institution does not take the first spot. However, the North American powerhouse still dominates the list with 148 universities in the top 980 and 63 in the top 200.
The rest of the top five is by Stanford University in the third, the University of Cambridge in fourth, and Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT) in fifth.

THE World University Rankings 2016-2017

Top 25 Universities-THE World University Rankings 2016- 2017

RankNameLocationNo. of FTE studentsInternational Students
1University Of Oxford
United Kingdom19,71835%
2California Institute Of TechnologyThe United States2,18127%
3Stanford UniversityThe United States 15,65822%
4University Of CambridgeUnited Kingdom 18,60535%
5Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyThe United States 11,192 34%
6 Harvard UniversityThe United States 19,890 25%
7 Princeton UniversityThe United States 7,925 34%
8 Imperial College LondonUnited Kingdom 15,236 52%
9 ETH Zurich- Swiss Federal Institute Of Technology ZurichSwitzerland 18,616 37%
10 University Of California, BerkeleyThe United States 34,834 16%
11 University Of ChicagoThe United States 13,486 24%
12 Yale UniversityThe United States 11,946 21%
13 University Of Pennysylvania The United States 20,367 20%
14 University Of California Los AngelesThe United States 38,392 16%
15 University College LondonUnited Kingdom 28,602 47%
16 Columbia UniversityThe United States 25,659 30%
17 Johns Hopkins UniversityThe United States 15,303 24%
18 Duke UniversityThe United States 15,204 17%
19 Cornell University The United States 21,593 20%
20 Northwestern UniversityThe United States 18,570 16%
21 University Of MIchiganThe United States 41,912 16%
22 University Of TorontoCanada 68,093 16%
23 Carnegie Mellon University The United States 12,311 38%
24 National University Of SingaporeSingapore 31,111 32%
25 London School Of Economics & Political ScienceUnited KIngdom 9,401 70%
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