QS World University Rankings 2020 – Top 10

2020 Rank 


2019 Rank 








Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 


United States 




Stanford University 


United States 




Harvard University 


United States 




University of Oxford 


United Kingdom 




California Institute of Technology (Caltech) 


United States 




ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) 






University of Cambridge 


United Kingdom 





UCL (University College London) 


United Kingdom 




Imperial College London 


United Kingdom 





University of Chicago 


United States


10. University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Down one place this year but remaining in the top 10, the US’ University of Chicago earns its best score for the academic reputation indicator.

9. Imperial College London

UK Universities

The UK’s Imperial College London is also down one place this year, but continues to earn a very impressive score for the employer reputation indicator.

8. UCL (University College London)

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Up two places this year, UCL (University College London) is now the highest-ranked institution in UK capital London, earning its highest score for academic reputation.

7. University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge goes down a spot in the 2020 world university rankings, but remains one of the 10 best universities in the world, with perfect scores for its academic and employer reputations.

6. ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

ETH Zurich

Switzerland’s ETH Zurich is up one place this year and continues to be the highest-ranked institution in continental Europe, with its best score in the citations per faculty indicator (a measure of research impact).

5. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Caltech is down one place in 2020, but has the distinction of earning the best scores in the top 10 for the faculty/student ratio and citations per faculty member indicators.

4. University of Oxford

UK Universities

The University of Oxford climbs one place in the world university rankings this year, and continues to be the highest-ranked in the UK, with perfect scores for its reputations among academics and graduate employers.

3. Harvard University

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Harvard retains its position of third in the world, as well as being first for the academic and employer reputation indicators.

2. Stanford University

Stanford University, located near Silicon Valley, continues to rank second among the top universities in the world and earns its best score for its academic reputation (fourth).

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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And finally, MIT is once again the leader in the world university rankings, taking the spot for the eighth year running, with top-10 scores for its academic reputation, employer reputation, and citations per faculty member.