List of top universities in world; see which Florida school is ranked highest

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A recently released report ranks the best universities in the world. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2015-2016 consider schools from throughout the world.

These are “the only international university performance tables to judge world class universities across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook,” the report reads.

The rankings are based on these factors:

  • Teaching – learning environment
  • Research – volume and quality
  • Citations – the influence of the university’s research
  • International outlook – for faculty, students and research
  • Industry income

Read more about the factors here.


Here are the top 20 US schools:

  1. California Institute of Technology
  2. Stanford University
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  4. Harvard University
  5. Princeton University
  6. University of Chicago
  7. Johns Hopkins University
  8. Yale University
  9. University of California, Berkeley
  10. Columbia University
  11. University of California, Los Angeles
  12. University of Pennsylvania
  13. Cornell University
  14. Duke University
  15. University of Michigan
  16. Carnegie Mellon University
  17. Northwestern University
  18. New York University
  19. University of Washington
  20. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Here are some of the Florida schools that made the cut (Multiple numbers indicate numerous schools tied.):

  • University of Florida – #120
  • University of Miami #161
  • Florida State University #201-250
  • University of South Florida #201-250
  • Florida International University #401-500
  • Florida Institute of Technology #601-800

See the full list here.

ANOTHER LIST: Top universities 2015


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