The Top 100 Universities In The World

Higher education is all about investing your future in an institution that would shape your career and define you as an academic scholar. Universities are mostly ranked based on several factors including affordability, campus environment, student feedback, expected graduate income and additional programs and benefits.

Our rankings are based on the Best Schools Ranking and Shanghai Academic Ranking of the World Universities, published by the Center for World Class Universities, which focus primarily on academic performance and the intellectual prestige of the scholars and the faculties. Listed below are some of the most prolific academic institutions in the world where you can expect to become the peers of the most respected scholars and academicians on the planet. Here are the 100 best universities in the world:

Free University of Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam)

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Location: Amsterdam

Country: The Netherlands

Founded: 1880

Academic Staff: 2,976

Endowment: €482 million

A major Dutch public university, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam was started as a private institution. The university is constituted with 10 major faculties offering hundreds of graduate and post-graduate degree programs to more than 23,000 enrolled students. The university sets high standard of research and has a rigorous assessment process. The university includes a major research institute in Amsterdam Institute of Molecules, Medicines and Systems. VU researchers have been awarded six advanced European Research Council grants and a Spinoza Prize.

 

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)

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Location: Atlanta, GA

Country: United States

Founded: 1885

Academic Staff: 5,516

Endowment: $1.8 billion

One of the major public research universities in the American South, Georgia Tech was established with a vision for industrial and technological development. The university is also noted for providing several venues for the 1996 Summer Olympics. The university enrols more than 25,000 students and is organized into 6 colleges that frequently collaborate to offer interdisciplinary programs. The high research activity is carried out by facilities such as Georgia Tech Research Institute, Georgia Tech Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology and Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute among others. The university is also known for start-up incubation and a rich athletic history. Alumni include Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke and Jimmy Carter. Two Nobel laureates are associated with the university.

 

Texas A&M University

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Location: College Station, TX

Country: United States

Founded: 1876

Academic Staff: 2,700

Endowment: $11 billion

The flagship campus of the public Texas A&M University system, the College Station establishment is the largest academic institution in the state and is known for its military roots. Texas A&M University consists of 10 academic colleges and enrols more than 56,000 students. The fourth largest university in the United States, Texas A&M is secured with the second largest endowment in the United States and helps run a robust research operation. The university has the third largest research budget in the country and runs institutes such as Texas Institute for Genomic Medicine and Institute of Biosciences and Technology. Collaboration projects include National Nuclear Security Administration and Giant Magellan Telescope. Texas A&M has a rich athletic history and has produced several prominent pro football players. Notable alumni include real estate developer Charles E. Toberman, Robert Gates and George W. Bush.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL)

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Location: Lausanne

Country: Switzerland

Founded: 1853

Academic Staff: 338

Budget: CHF 896 million

The EPFL is one of the leading authorities in scientific and engineering technology research in the world. Located at the shore of Lake Geneva, the university is organized into seven major schools with several subsidiary research institutes and enrols more than 10,000 students. The university helps incubate several start-ups each year and is affiliated with several academic and research collaboration projects including the Human Brain Project, the long rage solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse, EPFL Logitech Incubator and Nestlé research centre. Facilities such as the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, ECAL and Swiss Cancer Centre are also linked with the university.

KU Leuven

Location: Leuven, Flanders

Country: Belgium

Founded: 1425, 1834, 1970

Academic Staff: 11,534

Endowment: €950 million

KU Leuven is the oldest Catholic academic institution in the world, renowned for its prestigious law school. The largest Belgian university, it consists of 15 faculties and enrols more than 55,000 students from all around the world. The university has founded research parks in the Arenberg Campus and Heverlee, where facilities such as UZ Leuven Hospital and Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre are operating. The KU Leuven is a part of several international academic collaborations including League of European Research Universities and Coimbra Group

University of Strasbourg

Location: Strasbourg, ACAL

Country: France

Founded: 1538

Academic Staff: 2,759

Endowment: €432 million

Among the largest public universities in France, University of Strasbourg has its origins in the medieval Lutheran academics. The university consists of 37 faculties, 10 doctoral schools and enrols more than 46,000 students. University of Strasbourg is exceptional in research activity, with an emphasis on natural sciences, and operates 73 facilities, while being a part of 7 research federations. The university is the founding member of the League of European Research Universities and is considered among the most prestigious in the region. Notable people associated with the history of the institution are philosopher Johann von Goethe, statesman Klemens Wenzel von Metternich and microbiologist Louis Pasteur. 3 Nobel laureates and a Fields Medalist are affiliated with the university.

University of Bonn

Location: Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia

Country: Germany

Founded: 1818

Academic Staff: 3,900

Budget: €570 million

University of Bonn is one of the leading public universities in Germany. The university consists of seven major schools, enrolling more than 32,000 students. Renowned for its research, the university has several institutes operating under its auspices including the Bethe Centre for Theoretical Physics, Research Institute for Discrete Mathematics, Hausdorff Centre for Mathematics and the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics. The university is famous for its affiliation with some of the most brilliant minds in history such as the founder Emperor Frederick Wilhelm III, Economist Karl Marx and philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

University of California at Santa Cruz

Location: Santa Cruz, CA

Country: United States

Founded: 1965

Academic Staff: 839

Endowment: $165 million

The Santa Cruz campus of the University of California is a public research university noted for its undergraduate support programs. The scenic 2,000 acre campus is set right next to the Santa Cruz Mountains and has a distinct landscape with the Great Meadow and Redwoods State Park. The university covers 33 fields of study with 63 undergraduate and 41 graduate major programs, enrolling more than 17,000 students. The university is famous for its political activism and dedication to sustainability. The university spends $155 million on research, fuelled by facilities such as the Lick and Keck Observatories, Santa Cruz Institute of Particle Physics and Long Marine Laboratory. UC at Santa Cruz is also working on establishing a University Affiliated Research Centre at NASA Ames at the cost of $330 million. Faculty includes Pulitzer winners and members of the National Academy of Science.

University of Rochester

Location: Rochester, NY

Country: United States

Founded: 1850

Academic Staff: 2,300

Endowment: $2.1 billion

University of Rochester is a private research university and is renowned for its prestigious Eastman School of Music. This elite university offers more than 200 academic majors and enrols more than 10,000 students. The central River campus is noted for the Hopeman Memorial Carillon, apart from other landmarks such as the Kodak Hall, Rush Rhees Library and Memorial Art Gallery. Being the largest employer in Rochester, the University has a solid medical school with a research centre for HIV/AIDS. The university also runs other research facilities such as Laboratory for Laser Robotics and Robert B. Goergen Hall for Biomedical Engineering and Optics. 8 Nobel laureates are affiliated with the institution.

University of Basel

Location: Basel

Country: Switzerland

Founded: 1460

Academic Staff: 317

Endowment: CHF 538 million

Another Swiss on the list of 100 best universities: University of Basel is the oldest and leading university in Switzerland, noted for its research in the areas of science and anthropology. This public academic institution enrols more than 12,000 students and is comprised of 7 major faculties and 6 interdisciplinary institutes of Europainstitut, Gender Studies, Jewish Studies and Kulturmanagement. Associated research institutes such as FMI for Biomedical Research and Swiss National Computing Centre.  The University Library of Basil is the largest in the country with three million volumes. Notable alumni include psychoanalyst Carl Jung, mathematician Leonhard Euler and mathematician Jacob Bernoulli.

McMaster University

Location: Hamilton, ON

Country: Canada

Founded: 1887

Academic Staff: 1,394

Endowment: CAD 609 million

McMaster is a public university and is a part of the U15 group of Canadian research intensive institutions. Known for its prestigious medical school, McMaster University consists of 6 faculties and enrols more than 25.000 students. The research activity of the university is supported by research centres and facilities such as and National Research Universal Reactor. Brockhouse Institute for Medical Research and DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research! McMaster Universal Medical Centre is the largest facility of the university. The alumni include 2 Nobel laureates.

University of Western Australia

Location: Perth, Western Australia

Country: Australia

Founded: 1911

Academic Staff: 1,538

Endowment: AUD 985 million

University of Western Australia is a public research institution known for its high research activity. The Sandstone University offers and enrols more than 25,000 students. The excellent research record of the university is maintained because of the highest amount of research aid that it receives, which is more than any Australian university. University of Western Australia has more than 80 research centres and institutes operating including Centre for Water Research and the Centre for Energy. University of Western Australia is a part of at least 44 international academic collaborations. The university alumni have received 1 Nobel Prize and 100 Rhodes scholarships.

Arizona State University

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Location: Phoenix, AZ

Country: United States

Founded: 1885

Academic Staff: 3,095

Endowment: $643 million

Arizona State University is a public research university based in Phoenix metropolitan area and is widely considered to be one of the most innovative schools in the United States. The largest academic institution in the state, the university enrols more than 67,000 students and offers more than 100 graduate programs. The high research activity of the university is supported by dedicated budget that exceeds $500 million and is a NASA space-grant institute running projects such as the Martian Rover Spirit and the OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer (OTES). ASU also leads the way in start-up creation and technology transfer in the United States, winning several patents every year. The university operates several research facilities including Bio design Institute. The university operates 7 libraries with 4.5 million volumes. The university is also prominent in athletic achievement with 23 NCAA championship titles, as well as sustainability and extensive extra-curricular activities.

University of Utah

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Country: United States

Founded: 1850

Academic Staff: 2,687

Endowment: $1 billion

University of Utah is a public research university noted for its space grants and the contribution to medicine, genetics and biology. The 1,534 acres of the Salt Lake City campus is set with the scenic backdrop of the Wasatch Range. The university covers 95 fields of study and 72 undergraduate majors in 20 colleges, enrolling more than 37,000 students. The Research Park is the prominent part of the university and houses institutes such as Myriad Genetics and ARUP Laboratories.  The university is associated with 3 Nobel laureates, 22 Rhodes scholars and 3 MacArthur fellows. Prominent alumni include Jon Huntsman, John Warnock, the founder of Adobe Inc., and J. Willard Marriott.

University of Arizona

Location: Tucson, AZ

Country: United States

Founded: 1885

Academic Staff: 3,049

Endowment: $673 million

University of Arizona is a public research university w. The first academic institution in the history of the South-western border state, the university enrols more than 42,000 students enrolled. The university offers courses in 334 fields of study and is known for being highly research intensive in focus. The largest recipient of NASA grant, University of Arizona runs the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, in addition to more than 80 research centres including Kitt Peak National Observatory, Steward Observatory and the Biosphere 2 facility to name a few. The University has been involved in the Cassini Project, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, iPlant Collaborative and the Giant Magellan Telescope. University of Arizona also hosts a massive research library system. University of Arizona is among the top 25 universities in terms of producing Fulbright scholars.

The University of Queensland

Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Country: Australia

Founded: 1909

Staff: 6,791

Endowment: $1.68 billion

The University of Queensland is the oldest public research university in Australia and is noted for its selective student acceptance. The university is nevertheless one of the largest academic establishments in Australia and enrols more than 50,000 students and consists of 6 faculties. Research is the strong suit of the institution, especially in the areas of science and technology, contributing advances such as portable MRI. The University of Queensland spends more than AUD 800,000 on research and operates 8 institutes including Institute for Molecular Biology and Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. University of Queensland Library is one of the oldest and most resourceful research libraries in the country and consists of 13 branches with more than 2 million volumes of books.

Moscow State University

Location: Moscow

Country: Russia

Founded: 1755

Academic Staff: 5,000

Budget: $350 million

Moscow State University was established during the Imperial Era and is a public research university. Arguably the most resourceful and well equipped university in Russia, MSU consists of 39 faculties and enrols 47,000 students. The Physics and Technology school has particularly established its prestige in terms of training and research. The university has 15 research centres operating under it, including Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics, Sternberg Astronomical Institute and Institute of Mechanics. 11 Nobel laureates and 7 Fields Medalists are linked with the institution. Notable alumni include Anton Chekhov and Mikhail Gorbachev.

University of Groningen

Location: Groningen

Country: The Netherlands

Founded: 1614

Academic Staff: 5,608

Endowment: € 576 million

University of Groningen is among the oldest academic institutions in the Netherlands. The largest university in the country, it enrols 30,000 students and is comprised of 10 faculties and 9 graduate schools offering more than 175 degree programs. Part of several academic collaboration programs, the university has a significant number of international students, including half of the doctorate scholars. The university consists of 27 research centres covering various disciplines including Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Cancer Research Centre Groningen and Groningen Centre of Energy Law. Distinct alumni include historian Johan Huizinga and Physicist H. K. Onnes.

Rice University

Location: Houston, TX

Country: United States

Founded: 1912

Academic Staff: 665

Endowment: $5.5 billion

Rice University is a private and not-for-profit research university which is highly residential in nature and is known for its applied science research programs. Consisting of 11 residential colleges and 8 schools of study, this elite university accepts a small number of students, enrolling only 6,600. The brilliant research output and the impressive 6:1 student to faculty ratio are maintained by very healthy endowment funds. In 2010, Rice was ranked first in the world in materials science research. The research programs of the university are carried out by several institutes such as Laboratory for Nano photonics, Rice Quantum Institute and Smalley Institute. The university has 3 Nobel laureates, 6 Fulbright scholars and 2 Pulitzer Prize winners associated with it.

University of Florida

Location: Gainesville, FL

Country: United States

Founded: 1853

Academic Staff: 5,106

Endowment: $1.5 billion

University of Florida is one of the largest public research universities of the state. The university consists of and enrols nearly 50,000 students. University of Florida is known for its high research activity, which is fuelled by more than 150 research institutes and schools and funded by a budget of $740 million. The 2,000 acre flagship campus features several historic landmarks including Century Tower, University Auditorium and the Florida Museum of Natural History, which is the oldest of its kind in the United States. University of Florida is prominent in terms of athletics and its Florida Gators sports teams, after which Gatorade is named, have won 35 national college championships. The university is affiliated with 2 Nobel laureates and a Fields Medalist.

Technion Israel Institute of Technology

Location: Haifa

Country: Israel

Founded: 1912

Academic Staff: 565

Endowment: NA

Technion is the oldest public university in Israel and has a worldwide reputation for being a powerhouse of engineering technology.  The university enrols 13,800 students and includes 19 faculties and a teaching hospital. Operating with 52 research centres in total, it covers areas such as Asher Space Research Institute and Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute. The institute is particularly noted for its Technology Transfer T3 program, which has produced 424 patented and 845 patent-pending technologies and has partnered with some of the leading corporations in the world. 4 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with Technion Israel. The institute is expanding into a campus at Shantou University in Guangdong, China. While the primary medium of teaching is Hebrew, the Technion International Department offers all courses in English.

Stockholm University

Location: Stockholm

Country: Sweden

Founded: 1878

Academic Staff: 3,354

Endowment: €417 million

Stockholm University is a public institution that is known for its extensive academic programs focused on the sciences. The university offers 200 bachelors programs with nearly 67,000 students, with 1,834 in doctorate programs and is the largest academic establishment in Sweden. The university has three field stations for Stockholm University Marine Research, Department of Physical Geography and Tovetrop Department of Zoology. 6 Nobel laureates are affiliated with Stockholm University.

Osaka University

Location: Osaka

Country: Japan

Founded: 1724, 1931

Academic Staff: 2,953

Endowment: $2.3 billion

The sixth oldest in Japan, Osaka University is a national academic institution and is considered among the best in the country. Consisting of 11 faculties, 16 graduate programs and. Osaka University has a reputable research establishment with 21 institutes and enrols more than 25,000 students. The university has its roots in being a medical school and is connected with 2 university hospitals.  The university is noted for its international focus and has entered into extensive global academic partnerships all around the globe. Nobel laureate Hideki Yukawa has been affiliated with Osaka University. Notable alumni include Akio Morita and Akira Yoshino.

Leiden University

Location: Leiden

Country: The Netherlands

Founded: 1575

Academic Staff: 1,352

Endowment: €558 million

Leiden is the oldest university in the Netherlands and enjoys a worldwide reputation of excellence in academics. Leiden University consists of 7 faculties and enrols more than 24.000 students. Leiden is a part of the Coimbra Group and the League of European Research Universities. The university has a strong research establishment with more than 50 institutes operating under its auspices including Leiden Institute of Brain and Cognition and Sterrewacht Leiden. The rich history of Leiden alumni includes John Quincy Adams, Johannes Diderik van der Waals, Queen Beatrix and Enrico Fermi. Albert Einstein has lectured at the University, which is affiliated with 16 Nobel laureates, apart from philosophers such as Descartes and Spinoza.

Australian National University

Location: Canberra, Capital Territory

Country: Australia

Founded: 1946

Administrative Staff: 3,753

Endowment: Australian $1.1 billion

Australian National University is the only government founded public research university based in the capital territory. Australian National University is particularly noted for its international outlook, being among the top 10 friendliest university to international students in the world. ANU is known for its environment friendly culture and its 385 acre Acton campus has won the International Sustainability Campus Network Award in 2009. The university enrols more than 22.000 students and consists of 6 colleges. 6 Nobel laureates are associated with the university.

Brown University

Location: Providence, RI

Country: United States

Founded: 1764

Academic Staff: 736

Endowment: $3.3 billion

Brown University is among the oldest private research universities in the United States, founded during the Colonial Era. The university is significant for its research and selective acceptance of the undergraduate students with an enrolment of more than 9,000 students. The main campus of Brown University spans 143 acres with landmarks such as Carrie Tower and is considered to be among the most beautiful in the country. The Brown University College is among the oldest in the nation and one of the few to provide an Egyptology major. Renowned for its research and collaborates with prestigious facilities such as the Marine Biological Laboratory. The university has 7 Nobel laureates and 57 Rhodes scholars associated with its name. Prominent alumni include Janet Yellen, Ted Turner, John D. Rockefeller Jr., and Horace Mann.

Aarhus University

Location: Aarhus

Country: Denmark

Founded: 1928

Academic Staff: 6,000

Budget: $1.1 billion

Aarhus University is the second oldest public university in Denmark and is known for its prestigious standing. Among the largest academic institutions in the country, the university enrols 43,600 students and offers 113 master degree programs. A part of the Coimbra Group, Aarhus covers four major academic areas of science and technology, health sciences, arts and social sciences. Aarhus University is particularly noted for its well reputed business school. A couple of Nobel laureates have been faculty members of the university.

University of Helsinki

Location: Helsinki

Country: Finland

Founded: 1640

Administrative Staff: 10,000

Endowment: €624 million

University of Helsinki is the oldest academic institution in Finland and is known for its high teaching and research standards. The largest university in the country, the university consists of 11 faculties and enrols 36,500 students. The university operates 11 major research institutes including Helsinki Institute of Physics, Aleksanteri Institute, Institute of Biotechnology and HIIT. The university is home to the National Library of Finland, which is the leading research library in Finland, in addition to the Helsinki University Museum.

Boston University

Location: Boston, MA

Country: United States

Founded: 1839

Academic Staff: 3,888

Endowment: $1.6 billion

Boston University is a private research and academic institution known for its high research activity and prestigious reputation. The university has Methodist theological roots; the university has embraced various disciplines of academic research. Enrolling more than 33,000 students, Boston University has 18 schools and colleges with an impressive student to faculty ratio. The university has several international campuses as well, operates more than two thousand research laboratories and attracts students from all over the world. The university is associated with 7 Nobel laureates and 23 Pulitzer Prize winners, apart from several performing arts awards. Boston University has illustrious minds such as Elie Wiesel, Isaac Asimov, Alexander Graham Bell William Howard Taft and Martin Luther King Jr. attached to its name. Boston University is also the alma mater of several performance artists such as Geena Davis, Julianne Moore and Joan Baez.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Location: Jerusalem

Country: Israel

Founded: 1918

Academic Staff: 1,000

Endowment: $691 million

Hebrew University of Jerusalem is the second oldest academic and research institution in Israel. The leading academic authority in the world, the university enrols 23,000 students and consists of 7 faculties and 14 schools. The university contains the Jewish National and University Library along with other national archive bodies such as Hebrew manuscripts and Albert Einstein Archives. The university has a tradition of innovation and has registered more than 7,000 patents. 8 Nobel laureates and a Fields Medalist are associated with the university. Notable alumni include Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon, Daniel Kahneman and Roger D. Kornberg.

Ghent University

Location: Ghent

Country: Belgium

Founded: 1817

Administrative Staff: 9,000

Endowment: €410 million
Ghent University is a public research university and one of the largest operating in Belgium. The university has 11 faculties, more than 130 departments and more than 41,000 students enrolled. Ghent University is renowned for its research facilities such as the Laboratory of Molecular Biology. The university is also a part of several research collaborations including Sustainable Energy Technologies and Ghent University Hospital. Nobel laureates such as Erwin Schrödinger and Adolf von Baeyer have been affiliated to the faculty of the university.

University of Oslo

Location: Oslo

Country: Norway

Founded: 1811

Academic Staff: 3,425

Endowment: NOK 652 million

University of Oslo is the oldest higher studies academic institution in Norway and is famous for being the site for the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize until 1989. The largest and arguably the most prestigious university in Norway with more than 27,000 students, University of Oslo is renowned for its research and runs institutes such as Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research, The Biotechnology Centre of Oslo and Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies. The university is also home to the Norwegian History of Natural Museum and Botanical Gardens. The university is associated with 5 Nobel laureates.

McGill University

Location: Montreal, Quebec

Country: Canada

Founded: 1821

Academic Staff: 1,684

Endowment: Canadian $1.4 billion

McGill University is a public research university founded by the Royal Charter and is known for its coveted scholarships. Located in downtown Montreal, the campus is considered to be among the most beautiful in the world. Enrolling almost 40,000 students, the university is renowned for the quality of its research, particularly in health sciences, and is home to more Rhodes scholars than any other institute in Canada. Ernst Rutherford’s famous alpha particle discovery was made in the university. The university is associated with 12 Nobel laureates, 3 Pulitzer Prize winners and 140 Rhodes scholars. Notable alumni include Justin Trudeau, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Leonard Cohen.

École Normale Supérieure (ENS Paris)

Location: Paris

Country: France

Founded: 1794

Academic Staff: 1,400

Endowment: NA

ENS Paris is a research grand ecole and is particularly known for its excellence in contribution to physics and natural sciences and exclusivity in terms of acceptance. It is one of the very few universities based in downtown Paris. Despite hosting a small number of student enrolment of 2,350, the depth and prestige of its academic and research operations is still maintained.  ENS attracts elite students from all over the world. The scholars of the university hold the status of civil servants. The university is associated with 13 Nobel laureates, 10 Field Medalists, apart from several winners of French national academic awards. ENS has as rich a heritage in philosophy as in natural sciences, and is home to names such as Jean Paul-Sartre, Henri Bergson and Michel Foucault.

University of Geneva

Location: Geneva

Country: Switzerland

Founded: 1559

Academic Staff: 5,600 admin

Endowment: €340 million

The second oldest university in Switzerland, University of Geneva was founded by theologian John Calvin and has roots in theological studies. Modern academic operations of the public university include 9 major faculties covering natural and social sciences, as well as humanities and professional programs. With more than 14,000 students, the university attracts scholars from all over the world. University of Geneva is known as a major scientific research centre in Europe and consists of six national research centres. It is a part of several academic collaborations including Coimbra Group and the League of European Research Universities, apart from bilateral partnerships with major universities. 7 Nobel laureates and 3 Fields Medalists are associated with the university.

University of Pittsburgh

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Country: United States

Founded: 1787

Academic Staff: 4,880

Endowment: $3.5 billion

University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest academic institutions in the United States known for its trademark Gothic architecture in its campus. The 132 acre flagship campus is marked by the immediately recognizable and awe-inspiring m163 meter high Cathedral of Learning, apart from other landmarks such as Heinz Memorial Capel, Allegheny Observatory, Thaw Hall and Salk Hall. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre is considered among the top medical schools and hospitals in the United States. Enrolling more than 28,000 students, the university is noted for its high research activity funded by a sizable $900 million and is a major recipient from the National Institutes of Health, funding facilities such as the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. The university has a rich history of medical research and is credited with the development of the polio vaccine and the first double transplant surgery.

Ohio State University

Location: Columbus, OH

Country: United States

Founded: 1870

Academic Staff: 6,254

Endowment: $3.6 billion

Ohio State University is one of the major public research institutes in the United States with its 1,764 acre flagship campus in Columbus, with regional campuses in five other locations. Ohio State enrols more than 64,000 students in all its campuses. The university is known for its prestigious medical research centres such as James Cancer Hospital as well as extensive extracurricular activities. The university is noted for its sizable research budgets that exceed $650 million, funding facilities such as Byrd Polar Research Centre, Heart and Lung Research Institute, Biomedical Research Tower, and Aeronautical Research Laboratory. Ohio State University has a rich tradition of athletics with famous athletes such as Jesse Owens, Ryan Kesler and Jack Nicklaus associated to the institution.

University of Bristol

Location: Bristol

Country: United Kingdom

Founded: 1876, 1909

Academic Staff: 6,199 admin

Endowment: £6.2 million

University of Bristol is one of the six historically significant red-brick universities in the United Kingdom, which operated as University College Bristol before the charter was granted in 1909. The university consists of six major faculties and enrols more than 21,000 students. The institute is noted for its exchange programs and collaborations including Coimbra Group, Russell Group and Worldwide Universities Network. University of Bristol is also known for cutting edge research projects such as the Bristol Laboratory for Advanced Dynamics Engineering. A significant part of the student life on campus revolves around the nine Halls of Residence. 12 Nobel laureates are affiliated with the university including Sir Winston Churchill, Paul Dirac and Harold Pinter.

Carnegie-Mellon University

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Country: United States

Founded: 1900, 1967

Academic Staff: 1,423

Endowment: $1.7 billion

Carnegie-Mellon is a private research institute which was founded with the merger of the Carnegie Institute of Technology and Mellon Institute of Industrial Research in 1967. Founded by philanthropist and industrialist Andrew Carnegie as Carnegie Technical Schools, the institute enrols more than 13,000 students and is known for its broad range of disciplines and a focus on technology and entrepreneurial innovation. The institute has several collaborative partnerships including and one with the neighbouring University of Pittsburgh. The university is known for its focus on innovation and research, and with a budget of $315 million, it funds research facilities such as Software Engineering Institute, Robotics Institute and Pittsburgh Supercomputing Centre. The institute has 19 Nobel laureates affiliated with it and alumni include John Forbes Nash, David Tepper and Andy Warhol.

Uppsala University

Location: Uppsala

Country: Sweden

Founded: 1477

Academic Staff: 1,841

Budget: SEK 5.9 billion

Uppsala University is the oldest operating higher studies research institute in Sweden.  The university consists of nine faculties and enrols 24,000 students. The University Park features several prominent landmarks including the Gustavianum, Ekonomikum, Carolina Rediviva library building, Uppsala University Hospital and the Uppsala Botanical Gardens. Uppsala is a part of several collaborations with other institutes such as the Coimbra Group and the Erasmus Program. Uppsala has 8 Nobel laureate affiliated with it, with notable alumni including Hans Blix and Dag Hammarskjöld.

Purdue University

Location: West Lafayette, IN

Country: United States

Founded: 1869

Academic Staff: 3,055

Endowment: $2.3 billion

Purdue University is a public academic institution with six campuses and sizable academic operations with more than 68,000 enrolled students. The institute offers more than 500 majors for undergraduates, as well as 90 degree programs. The university is known for its high research activity and has a budget over $420 million that funds more than 400 laboratories and research facilities. The founding of Discovery Park and Purdue Research Park speak volumes about the institute’s tradition of innovation. 13 Nobel laureates are associated with the university.

King’s College London

Location: London

Country: United Kingdom

Founded: 1829

Academic Staff: 6,113 admin

Endowment: £179 million

King’s College London is one of the oldest public research institutes operating in London. A constituent college of the University of London, King’s College enrols more than 28,000 students and is known for its emphasis on medical research and training. The institute consists of six medical research centres and has merged with several prestigious hospitals such as the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals and the Institute of Psychiatry. The 12 Nobel laureates are associated with the King’s College. The rich history of academics of the institute includes names such as James Clark Maxwell, Florence Nightingale and Roger Penrose. Notable alumni include John Keats, Peter Higgs. Michael Levitt and Desmond Tutu.

Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)

Location: University Park, PA

Country: United States

Founded: 1855

Academic Staff: 8,864

Endowment: $3.6 billion

Pennsylvania State University is public research institute known for its massive operations and strong research activity. The student enrolment is more than 97,000 over 24 campuses all over the state, including the flagship University Park, and 14 colleges. The university spends a sizable budget of over $800 million for research and operates several research facilities such as Materials Research Institute, Applied Research Laboratories and Applied Research Lab. The institution has a rich athletic history and has won 95 titles.

Utrecht University

Location: Utrecht

Country: The Netherlands

Founded: 1636

Academic Staff: 3,316

Budget: €765 million

Utrecht University is a public academic institute and the oldest operating in the Netherlands. The institute had been at the centre of the golden age of Dutch scientists and has been associated with names such as chemist C. H. D. Buyer Ballot and biologist Pieter Harting. Considering among the largest universities in Europe, Utrecht University consists of 7 faculties and enrols more than 30,000 students. The university is associated with 12 Nobel laureates and 13 Spinoza Prize winners.

University of Zurich

Location: Zurich

Country: Switzerland

Founded: 1525, 1833

Academic Staff: 3,702

Endowment: CHF 1,278 million

University of Zurich is a public research institute and the largest and one of the oldest operating in Switzerland. The university consists of 7 departments and more than 100 academic programs, enrolling more than 25,000 students. Ranked among the top university in Europe, the academic institute operates hundreds of research facilities including the Swiss National Super Computer Centre. University of Zurich is also known for housing a dozen museums, including the Anthropologisches Museum, as well as public lecture programs. The university has 12 Nobel laureates associated with it.

University of California at Davis

Location: Davis, CA

Country: United States

Founded: 1905, 1959

Academic Staff: 4,597

Endowment: $1 billion

The Davis campus of the University of California is a public research institute and has the third largest student enrolment, with over 36,000 students, in the state of California. The institute is particularly known for the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, which is the leading vet school in the United States. The university is renowned for its research activity, with a budget exceeding $725 million, and operates several research centres including UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures, California International Law Centre and Centre for Mind and Brain.

Vanderbilt University

Location: Nashville, TN

Country: United States

Founded: 1873

Academic Staff: 4,102

Endowment: $4 billion

Vanderbilt University is a private research institute founded by philanthropist and entrepreneur Cornelius Vanderbilt. With 12,000 students enrolled, it is noted for an excellent 8:1 student to faculty ratio. Vanderbilt University is also known its beautiful campus spanning an area of 330 acres and is considered a national arboretum with a variety of about 300 botanical species. Considered one of the top research institutes in the United States, its operations are protected by a healthy endowment fund. The university is known for its institutes and research centres such as the University Medical Centre and Dyer Observatory. The university is associated with 7 Nobel laureates.

Technical University of Munich

Location: Munich, Bavaria

Country: Germany

Founded: 1868

Academic Staff: 6,168

Budget: $1.2 billion

Technische Universität München or Technical University is a research institute with the primary focus on natural sciences. One of the three campus locations includes the acquisition of the world renowned facility of Research Reactor Munich. The university consists of 13 departments and enrols 38,000 students. The institute is known for its emphasis on research and frequently collaborates with other research entities and industries.

Rutgers University

Location: New Brunswick, NJ

Country: United States

Founded: 1766

Academic Staff: 2,937

Endowment: $1 billion

Rutgers University is a public research institute and the largest in the state of New Jersey. Apart from the flagship campus in New Brunswick, the university also operates in the Newark, Piscataway and Camden. Rutgers has a large operation with more than 67,000 students enrolled across 175 departments and 29 schools and colleges. The university has a massive research budget supporting renowned institutions such as the RU Centre for Cognitive Science and RU Cell and DNA Repository among others. The university is affiliated with several educational and research institutes. The alumni of the university include Nobel laureates Selman Waksman and Milton Friedman.

University of Southern California

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Country: United States

Founded: 1880

Academic Staff: 3,945

Endowment: $4.7 billion

University of Southern California is a private, non-profit research institute and the oldest one operational in the state. The university is primarily known to be a hub for technological and entrepreneurial innovation and its graduates have helped the emergence of several tech brands. University of Southern California is renowned for its research and its published works are considered among the highly cited ones. Enrolling more than 40,000 students, the university accepts more foreign students than any other in the United States. Five Nobel laureate, 181 Fulbright scholars and 1 Turing Award winner are affiliated with the university, apart from several performance arts award winners. Notable alumni include George Lucas, Andrew Viterbi and Neil Armstrong.

University of Munich

Location: Munich, Bavaria

Country: Germany

Founded:

Academic Staff:

Budget: €579 million

Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich is the oldest academic institution in Germany and has its origins in medieval history.  The university enrols more than 50,000 students and consists of 18 faculties. The university is renowned for its research centres such as Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society and CIPSM. The university has been home to some of the most brilliant minds in history over the years including Max Planck, Wolfgang Pauli, Max Weber and Werner Heisenberg. The university has produced 34 Nobel laureates.

Heidelberg University

Location: Heidelberg, Baden-Wurttemberg

Country: Germany

Founded: 1472

Academic Staff: 747

Endowment: €1.5 billion

Heidelberg University is a public research institute and the oldest university in Germany. The university has been a pioneering force in the development of academics over the centuries and has introduced disciplines such as sociology, psychiatry and environmental physics among others. Heidelberg enrols more than 37,000 students in 12 faculties. The university is among the leading authorities in the world in research, with prestigious institutes such as Max Planck Institute of Nuclear Physics, European Molecular Biology Laboratory and German Cancer Research Centre. The university has no less than 56 Nobel laureates associated with it. Notable people associated with the university include Max Weber, Georg Hegel, Robert Schumann, and more recently Helmut Kohl.

University of California at Irvine

Location: Irvine, CA

Country: United States

Founded: 1965

Academic Staff: 3,182

Endowment: $504 million

The Irvine campus of the University of California is a public funded research institute with a wide range of research operation. Home to some of the finest professional schools in the world, the university has reached prominence in a very short period of time. Enrolling more than 30,000 students, the university consists of 12 schools with several interdisciplinary programs. Several research facilities operate under the university including Beckman Laser Institute and Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics. The university is noted for the UC Irvine Medical Centre and the expansive Aldrich Park. Three Nobel laureates are affiliated with the university.

Karolinska Institute

Location: Solna, Stockholm County

Country: Sweden

Founded: 1810

Academic Staff:  4976 admin

Endowment: €576 million

Karolinska Institute is a public medical university that is best known to be the home of the Nobel Assembly that awards the Prize for Physiology and Medicine. Karolinska Institute is considered to be among the most prestigious medical school in the world, it offers comprehensive coverage of various areas of medical training. The Institute makes up a third of medical training and 40% of medical research in Sweden with more than 5,000 students. Over the years, the university has helped achieve several medical advances such as the development of the pacemaker.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre

Location: Dallas, TX

Country: United States

Founded: 1943

Academic Staff: 3,691

Endowment: $915 million

University of Texas South-western Medical Centre is one of the most important medical education and research institutes in the United States, with an expanding clinical operation. The medical school is known for its affordability, while the biomedical school is considered to be the leading sources of published research work contributed by more than 3,000 postgraduate and doctorate scholars in several areas of the discipline. Several hospitals and medical institutes in Texas are affiliated with the university. Six Nobel laureates are affiliated with the university, apart from several members of the Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Science.

University of Edinburgh

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Country: United Kingdom

Founded: 1582

Academic Staff: 6,195

Endowment: £317 million

One of the oldest universities in the world, University of Edinburgh is a public academic institute that has been central to the intellectual development of Scotland during the Age of Enlightenment. Legendary intellectuals such as David Hume, Alexander Graham Bell, Adam Smith and Charles Darwin are associated with the institute. Organized into 9 faculties and several colleges, the university enrols more than 35,000 students. Apart from its rich history, the university has pioneered new technology such as cloning and discovery of Higgs Boson. The medical school of the university is widely considered to be among the best in the world. It is no surprise that University of Edinburgh has given the world 20 Nobel laureates, 2 Pulitzer Prize winners and 1 Fields Medalist.

University of Melbourne

Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Country: Australia

Founded: 1853

Academic Staff: 3,729

Endowment: AU $1.3 billion

A public funded research institute, University of Melbourne is comprised of 12 colleges and is noted for its considerable research budget and activity. The university enrols more than 40,000 students and more than 3,500 doctoral students. The second oldest university in Australia, University of Melbourne is considered to be the recipient of the greatest number of federal government research scholarships. Apart from 7 Nobel laureates, several Australian heads of state are affiliated with the institute.

University of Maryland

Location: College Park, MD

Country: United States

Founded: 1856

Academic Staff: 4,250

Endowment: $850 million

University of Maryland is a public research institute known for its research partnership with several federal agencies including National Science Foundation, NASA and NSA. The flagship institute of the Maryland System, the 1,250 acres of the scenic campus is located right next to the Federal capital and only a few miles from the White House. Offering 112 graduate degree programs, the university enrols more than 37,000 students. Apart from its strategic proximity from the most important Federal institutions, the campus is noted for the University Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Maryland Stadium and several memorial landmarks. The notable alumni include Sergey Brin, Carly Fiorina and Carl Bernstein. The university has 7 Nobel Prize winners affiliated to it.

University of Paris-Sud (Paris XI)

Location: Orsay, Paris

Country: France

Founded: 1971

Academic Staff: 2,461

Endowment: €450 million

University of Paris-Sud is one of the leading public universities in France and is renowned for its research contribution in natural sciences. While the university also includes schools for economics, business and law, its primary focus remains on the many branches of Physics, as well as engineering and technology. Considered among the top research institutions in Europe, the university enrols more than 27,000 students and is associated with 2 Nobel laureates and 4 Fields Medalists.

University of California at Santa Barbara

Location: Santa Barbara, CA

Country: United States

Founded: 1891

Academic Staff: 1,428

Endowment: $265 million

The Santa Barbara campus of the University of California is a public research university that is a part of the modern higher education system of the state. The 1,022 acre campus located on the cliffs along the Pacific coastline is considered to be among the most beautiful in the United States. Enrolling more than 22,000 students, the institute has 12 research centres operating under its auspices and is ranked for very high research activity. University of California at Santa Barbara is associated with 6 Nobel laureates and 1 Fields Medal winner. Apart from Nobel laureates, the faculty include members of the National Academy of Science and National Academy of Engineering.

University of Copenhagen

Location: Copenhagen

Country: Denmark

Founded: 1479

Academic Staff: 4,823

Endowment: $ 1.5 billion

The oldest university in Denmark, University of Copenhagen is a public research institute with medieval origins. The university consists of six departments and operates more than 100 research centres, the university trains more than 40,000 students. A part of the International Alliance of Research Universities and is home to the renowned Copenhagen Symphony Orchestra. The university is particularly friendly to student exchange programs. The university has produced 8 Nobel laureates and a Turing Award winner.

University of Texas

Location: Austin, TX

Country: United States

Founded: 1883

Academic Staff: 3,071

Endowment:  $3.2 billion

University of Texas is a public research institute that is considered to be among the fastest growing in the United States. The university enrols more than 51,000 students and has a massive research budget around $700 million, due to considerable Federal grant, particularly concentrating on engineering and physical sciences. The university also has a rich athletic tradition, winning 130 Olympics medals, six NCAA Division I baseball championships and four NCAA Division I football championships. The university has 9 Nobel laureates associated with it. Notable alumni include Michael Dell, Laura Bush and Tom C. Clark.

University of Manchester

Location: Manchester,

Country: United Kingdom

Founded: 1824

Academic Staff: 3,849

Endowment: £188 million

University of Manchester is a public research institute known for its rich heritage of scientific discovery and innovation. The research facilities of the institute are only improving with an increasing endowment fund. Enrolling more than 38,000 students, the institute has its origins in the works of Alan Turing, whose works led to the development of computing technology, as well as that of Ernst Rutherford, Melvin Calvin, James Chadwick, Neils Bohr and J. J. Thompson. Students prefer University of Manchester as every 9 in 10 graduates immediately enter employment. The university has 25 Nobel laureates associated with it, in addition to intellectual giants such as Ludwig Wittgenstein, George E. Davis, Anthony Burgess and of course Alan Turing himself.

University of British Columbia

Location: Vancouver, BC

Country: Canada

Founded: 1908

Academic Staff: 5,209

Endowment: CAD $1.47 billion

University of British Columbia is a public research institute covering more than 300 study disciplines. Considered among the leading research universities in Canada and the entire world, the institute enrols a massive strength of students that almost reaches 60,000. The university is home to one of the largest research libraries in Canada, as well as the Chan Centre for Performing Arts and Beaty Biodiversity Museum. The institution is also noted for offering prestigious scholarships such as Schulich Scholarship for STEM fields and Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award. The university has produced 7 Nobel Prize winners, 69 Rhodes scholars and 195 Royal Society of Canada fellows. Notable alumni include Justin Trudeau and Kim Campbell.

University of North Carolina

Location: Chapel Hill, NC

Country: United States

Founded: 1789

Academic Staff: 13,564

Endowment: $2.9 billion

University of North Carolina is one of the oldest Public Ivy schools in the United States. Offering 181 graduate and 74 doctoral degrees, the university enrols more than 29,000 students. The university is noted for its undergraduate scholarships and study abroad programs, though with a selective enrolment process. The Chapel Hill campus library is among the largest in the country with more than 7 million volumes. The prestige of the institute is backed up by brain power, as the university is associated with a couple of Nobel laureates and 29 Rhodes scholars. The university is also known for its athletic achievement winning over 40 NCAA team championships. Notable alumni include James K. Polk and Michael Jordan.

Pierre and Marie Curie University

Location: Paris

Country: France

Founded: 1971

Academic Staff: 10,640 admin

Budget: €400 million

The institute is the leading scientific research institute in Paris. Named after legendary French scientists Pierre and Marie Curie, the university continues their tradition of research and discovery and operates more than 125 laboratories and research facilities including the Henri Poinacaré Institute and the Paris Astrophysics Institute. The largest scientific complex in France, it is considered one of the leading research universities in the world with 32,000 students.

University of Colorado, Boulder

Location: Boulder, CO

Country: United States

Founded: 1876

Academic Staff: 1,075

Endowment: $1 billion

University of Colorado Boulder is a public research institute with more than 150 academic programs. The flagship campus of the Colorado University system is known for its focus on engineering and is home to the Centre for Advanced Engineering and Technology Education. Enrolling more than 32,000 students, the university is particularly noted for its humanitarian contribution with the most recruits for the Peace Corps and Engineers without Borders. The university has 12 Nobel laureates and 9 MacArthur fellows associated with it.

Rockefeller University

Location: New York City, NY

Country: United States

Founded: 1901

Academic Staff: 1,670 admin

Endowment: $1.6 billion

Rockefeller University is a private institute that is known for its focus on biological and medical research. While the institution does not cover a great number of disciplines, the prestige of the University Hospital and its biology and medical faculties speaks for itself. Rockefeller University has 175 doctorate scholars and 200 clinical scientists and researchers at the helm of research operations. The institute has 24 Nobel laureates and 20 winners of National Medal of Science associated with it, apart from 16 Institute of Medicine members.

Washington University

Location: St. Louis, MO

Country: United States

Founded: 1853

Academic Staff: 3,395

Endowment: $6.8 billion

Washington University in St. Louis is a private research institute noted comprised of seven schools with graduate and undergraduate programs. Enrolling more than 14,000 students, it is particularly noted for its prestigious business, social work and law degrees, as well as high freshman retention rate. Institutes such as Tyson Research Centre and Centre for Advanced Medicine operate under the auspices of the university. Washington University is affiliated with 25 Nobel laureates and 27 Rhodes scholars.

Duke University

Location: Durham, NC

Country: United States

Founded: 1838

Academic Staff: 3,428

Endowment: $7.2 billion

Duke University is a private research institute known for its professional graduate programs. One of the richest research universities in the United States, it supports several prominent and prestigious programs including Duke University Health System and Duke Medical School. Consisting of 12 colleges and schools, the university enrols more than 14,000 students. The university offers some of the world’s coveted medical degrees. Duke University is also known for its athletic achievements, winning five NCAA Division I championships. The university has produced 10 Nobel laureates and 3 Turing Award winners.

University of Minnesota

Location: Minneapolis – St. Paul

Country: United States

Founded: 1851

Academic Staff: 3,374

Endowment: $3.2 billion

University of Minnesota is one of the largest public research institutes in the United States, enrolling more than 50,000 students. The university consists of 19 schools and colleges, as well as 325 research centres. Its flagship campus in the Twin Cities is considered to be among the safest in the United States. The university has 8 Nobel laureates associated to it. Prominent alumni include Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale.

University of Illinois

Location: Urbane-Champagne, IL

Country: United States

Founded: 1867

Academic Staff: 2,548

Endowment: $ 3.3 billion

This private research university is ranked to have very high levels of research and is noted for its Research Park, Prairie Research Institute and National Centre for Supercomputing Applications. The university consists of 17 colleges and around 150 programs of study attended by more than 44,000 students. Ever since the inception of the Research Park in 2001, the university has helped Urbana becomes one of the best cities for start-ups in the United States. The institute has produced 21 Nobel laureates and 20 Pulitzer winners. Alumni of the university have helped developed top tech brands such as Oracle, Firefox, Safari and YouTube.

Northwestern University

Location: Evanston, IL

Country: United States

Founded: 1851

Academic Staff: 3,401

Endowment: $10 billion

North-western University is a private research institute with its campuses in two different locations by Lake Michigan. The university attracts considerable research sponsorships and has a very healthy endowment fund. Offering 145 graduate and professional degrees, the university enrols more than 20,000 students. Some of the research facilities of the university include Centre for Device Development, Centre for Global Health and the Initiative for Sustainable and Energy at North-western.

New York University

Location: New York City, NY

Country: United States

Founded: 1831

Academic Staff: 9,489

Endowment: $3.5 billion

New York University is among the largest private, non-profit academic institutes in the United States. The main campus of the university is spread around Manhattan and Brooklyn, comprising of more than 20 schools and colleges, enrolling more than 53,000 students. The university is particularly prominent for having one of the highest research budgets in the United States, apart from the high rate of employment and salary of $53,350 for its fresh graduates. The institutes send the most number of US students abroad and have campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. The institute has produced 36 Nobel laureates, 3 Turing Prize winners and over 30 Pulitzer Prize winners.

Kyoto University

Location: Kyoto

Country: Japan

Founded: 1897

Academic Staff: 2,864

Endowment: $2.2 billion

Kyoto University is one of the leading research institutes in Japan and started as a Chemistry school. Since its inception, several disciplines and graduate schools have been added to it, while enrolling more than 22,000 students. The university is known to operate several research institutes including the Seto Marine Research Laboratory and the Kosobe Conservatory. 10 Nobel laureates and 2 Fields Medalists are associated with the university. 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Location: Madison, WI

Country: United States

Founded: 1848

Academic Staff: 2,220

Endowment: $2.4 billion

One of the leading institutes in the United States, University of Wisconsin-Madison is a public research institute enrolling more than 40,000 students accommodated by 20 schools and colleges. The university offers more than a hundred doctoral programs. Around 100 research centres operate under the university, which is a sea-grant college and participates in research pertaining to marine area and the Great Lakes. A resourceful organization, the university has invested considerably in its facilities for biomedicine and alternate energy research. The university is particularly noted for the Morgridge Centre for Public Service. The university has 21 Nobel laureates and 34 Pulitzer winners associated with it.

University of Toronto

Location: Toronto, ON

Country: Canada

Founded: 1827

Academic Staff: 2.547

Endowment:  CAD $2.1 billion

University of Toronto is the largest public research institute in Canada and hosts massive volumes of students from all around the globe. The university is organized into 18 faculties with a massive enrolment of more than 84,000 students. The university has contributed some of the most notable research achievements such as electron microscope, discovery of insulin; stem cell research and communication theory. 10 Nobel laureates are associated with the university. Notable alumni include economist John Kenneth Galbraith, mathematician John Charles Fields and discoverer of insulin Frederick Banting.

University of Michigan

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Country: United States

Founded: 1817

Academic Staff: 6,771

Endowment: $10 billion

University of Michigan is a public research institute known for its contribution in natural sciences and technology. The campus town is particularly known for its pleasant environment and is home to the world’s leading healthcare facilities. The university enrols the greatest number of medical undergraduates in the United States and hosts a total strength of more than 43,000 students in 13 colleges. The university is renowned for its high research activity in science, medicine and engineering, with one of the largest research budgets of $1 billion. Apart from contributing to several collaborative projects, the University has founded the National Election Studies and the Consumer Sentiment Index. The biological station located in the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan on the university campus area is one of the 47 biosphere reserves in the country.

Imperial College London

Location: London

Country: United Kingdom

Founded: 1907

Academic Staff: 3,682

Endowment: £113.5 million

This prestigious public research institute was opened in the Victorian era and still continues to be one of the leading choices for students. The university pioneered an academic health centre in the UK and is home to the Royal Physician. Apart from its central location in Greater London, students prefer the Imperial College because its degrees are highly valued in the job market. Organized into four major faculties, the university enrols more than 16,000 students. The institute has offered the world 15 Nobel laureates, 70 Royal Society fellows and 2 Field Medalists. Alumni include Alexander Fleming, Abdus Salam and H. G. Wells.

University of Tokyo

Location: Tokyo

Country: Japan

Founded: 1877

Academic Staff: 2,429

Endowment: NA

University of Tokyo is one of the best educational institutes in the entire Asian continent and has several faculties and research faculties. Easily the most prestigious academic institute in Japan, it attracts students from all over the world, while enrolling 30,000 students in total. Seven Nobel laureates and 15 Japanese Prime Ministers are affiliated with the university, with the alumni including Kiichi Miyazawa and Leo Esaki.

University College of London

Location: London

Country: United Kingdom

Founded: 1826

Academic Staff: 6,000

Endowment: £103 million

University College of London is known for its prestigious faculty and is one of the largest multi discipline research institutes in the world. The academic history of the faculty is enriched with 53 members of the Royal Society. Organized into 11 faculties, the university enrols more than 35,000 students. Particularly noted for research in biomedicine, neuroscience and medical education, the medical school of the university extensively covers various areas of the discipline. The university is known for its richness in libraries and museums, including Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and UCL Art Museum. The institute has 30 Nobel laureates associated with it. Notable alumni include Alexander Graham Bell, John Stuart Mill and Peter Higgs.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ)

Location: Zurich

Country: Switzerland

Founded: 1855

Academic Staff: 10,851 admin

Endowment: CHF 1.5 billion

The leading educational institute in Switzerland, the ETHZ is a powerhouse of innovation and research. The institute contributes several patents every year and is one of the leading universities in the world in terms of science and technology. Enrolling more than 18,000 students, the university is organized into six faculties pertaining to sciences and engineering. ETHZ is the founding member of the International Alliance of Research Universities and the IDEA League. The institute has 21 Nobel laureates affiliated with it. Alumni include Albert Einstein, Alfred Werner and Wolfgang Pauli.

University of California, San Francisco

Location: San Francisco, CA

Country: United States

Founded: 1873

Academic Staff: 5,383

Endowment: $2.3 billion

University of California at San Francisco is one of the leading medical research institutions in the world and is dedicated as a graduation campus for health sciences. The University enrols 2,940 students with 1,620 clinical residents and more than 1,000 doctorate scholars. The institutes operate research facilities in several medical areas, including a unit focused on AIDS and have several medical discoveries to its name. The UCSF Medical Centre is considered to among the best hospital facilities in the United States. The university is associated with 5 Nobel laureates.

Johns Hopkins University

Location: Baltimore, MD

Country: United States

Founded: 1876

Academic Staff: 3,842

Endowment: $3.4 billion

Johns Hopkins is one of the leading medical research universities in the world, known for its selective undergraduate enrolment. Apart from its rich history in medical research and the renowned John Hopkins hospital, it is also known for its prestigious business and engineering schools. The university trains no less than 21,000 students and has a reputable School of Education. The university has 36 Nobel laureates linked to its name and some of the notable alumni include Woodrow Wilson, George Minot and Francis Peyton Rous.

University of Pennsylvania

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Country: United States

Founded: 1740

Academic Staff: 4,555

Endowment: $10.1 billion

Founded by Benjamin Franklin himself, this prestigious Ivy League university is among the pioneers of education in the United States. University of Pennsylvania is organized into several departments and interdisciplinary research institutes, supporting more than 21,000 students. The university is known for the high quality of its doctorate scholars and was the birth place of ENIAC, the first ever general purpose computer. The university pioneered professional education with Wharton School of Business and Perelman School of Medicine, and covers a broad range of arts and sciences. The university has produced 28 Nobel laureates. Alumni include William Henry Harrison, William J. Brennan, James Wilson and Owen J. Roberts.

University of Washington

Location: Seattle, WA

Country: United States

Founded: 1861

Academic Staff: 5,803

Endowment: $3 billion

University of Washington is a public flagship institute and one of the oldest and richest on the West Coast. The university is particularly noted for its prestigious medical school. The university is organized into 140 departments with several schools and colleges enrolling more than 45,000 students. Apart from its high freshman retention rate, the institute enjoys low undergraduate student to teacher ratio and low state tuition. The University of Washington Library is one of the largest in the United States with more than 7.5 million volumes. The university has a rich research record, producing 136 Fulbright scholars, 7 Marshall Scholars and 35 Rhodes scholars. The institute is associated with 6 Nobel laureates, 2 Pulitzer Prize winners and 15 MacArthur fellows.

University of California, San Diego

Location: San Diego, CA

Country: United States

Founded: 1960

Academic Staff: 4,503

Endowment: $951 million

Among the modern California universities, University of California at San Diego is a public research institute with six undergraduate colleges and three graduate schools. The university enrols more than 33,000 students in more than 200 undergraduate and graduate programs. The university operates 19 research units including the Qualcomm Institute, San Diego Supercomputer Centre, and affiliated with several others such as the Salk Institute and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. The university is affiliated with 20 Nobel laureates, 2 Pulitzer Prize winners and 8 MacArthur fellowships.

Cornell University

Location: Ithaca, NY

Country: United States

Founded: 1865

Academic Staff: 1,639

Endowment: $6 billion

Cornell University is one of the private Ivy League universities and is known for its prestigious medical school. Cornell University has a 2,300 acre upstate campus, as well as satellite medical campus sites in New York City and Qatar. Cornell showcases 44 Nobel laureates, 29 Rhodes scholars, 34 Marshall Scholars. The university consists of seven graduate and seven undergraduate colleges enrolling more than 21,000 students. The university has collaborated in several well-known research projects and has frequently partnered with government agencies such as NASA and Department of Health and Human Services. The alumni of the institute include Ruth Bader Ginsburg and several business leaders such as Stephen Friedman, Kenneth T. Derr, James McLamore and Fisk Johnson.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Country: United States

Founded: 1919

Academic Staff: 6,270

Endowment: $3.4 billion

One of the most popular higher education institutes in the United States, UCLA is known to attract more applications than any other university. The enterprising research of the institute has helped create more than 100 technology companies. The university enrols more than 43,000 students accommodated by five undergraduate colleges, four healthcare schools and seven professional schools. UCLA is particularly known for its history of remarkable athletic achievements that include 113 NCAA championships and 251 Olympic medals, including 126 golds. The university also has its fair share of intellectuals with 13 Nobel laureates and 3 Turing Award winners. Alumni include Elinor Ostrom, Richard Heck, Randy Schekman, Kristen Gillibrand, John Williams and Ben Horovitz.

Yale University

Location: New Haven, CT

Country: United States

Founded: 1701

Academic Staff: 4,410

Endowment: $25 billion

One of the oldest Ivy League institutes, Yale University, along with Harvard, is unparalleled in its prestige. The 260 acre campus is known for its recognizable Gothic architecture, featuring landmarks such as the Sterling Memorial Library. The university governs 38 constituent colleges divided in four academic divisions, enrolling more than 26.000 students. The University library keeps over 150 million volumes of books.  The network of Yale alumni is spread all over the world and the notable ones include George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, John Kerry, Bill Clinton, Hilary Clinton, Morgan Stanley and William Howard Taft. Yale has produced 52 Nobel laureates, 118 Marshall Scholars and 230 Rhodes scholars.

Oxford University

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

Country: United Kingdom

Founded: c. 1096

Academic Staff: 1,800

Endowment: £4.3 billion

It would not be an exaggeration to assert that the concept of modern Western universities started with the likes of Oxford. This legendary institution has contributed centuries of knowledge to mankind and is a favourite among   for its Clarendon and Rhodes scholarships. The university does not have a campus site and the colleges and institute in the city of Oxford, featuring sites such as the Sheldonian Theatre and Botanic Garden. About half of the academic staff is foreign. Alumni include Aldous Huxley, Stephen Hawking, Tim Berners-Lee, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Oscar Wilde and David Cameron. The university has produced 27 Nobel laureates.

University of Chicago

Location: Chicago, IL

Country: United States

Founded: 1890

Academic Staff: 2,205

The University of Chicago is known for its many professional schools such as the Pritzker School of Medicine, in addition to its rich academic history of arts and science, particularly schools. The university is known for the groundbreaking research on human genome, as well as the first ever nuclear chain reaction by Enrico Fermi. The university consists of seven professional schools and four research divisions enrolling more than 15,000 students. The 211 acre campus located just 7 miles from downtown Chicago is considered among the most beautiful in the world.

Backed by healthy endowment funds of $7.5 billion, the university runs 12 research institutes, which is why it is considered to be one of the prime research centres in the world with very high activity. Alumni of the university include some of the most prolific business leaders including Larry Ellison and Satya Nadella, apart from other notables such as Enrico Fermi, Saul Alinsky, Edwin Hubble, Milton Friedman and Carl Sagan. The University of Chicago has produced 89 Nobel laureates, particularly noted for its 22 prizes for economics, as well as 49 Rhodes scholars and 21 Marshall Scholars.

Columbia University

Location: New York City, NY

Country: United States

Founded: 1754

Academic Staff: 3,806

Columbia University is one of the most prestigious colonial colleges and the fifth oldest in the United States. The 32 acre primary campus is located in Morningside Heights and features important landmarks such as Butler Library, Pupin Hall, Earl Hall, Union Theological Seminary and Teachers College. The university features 69 academic departments with more than 27,000 enrolled students, as well as 7 million of printed volumes in its libraries.

Columbia University is supported by an endowment fund of $9.6 billion and is ranked among the top research institutes in terms of activity and output. The rich list of alumni of the institute includes Barack Obama, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Alexander Hamilton, Sidney Lumet, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Robert Walton and Warren Buffet. Columbia has produced 43 Nobel laureates, 19 MacArthur fellows, and 13 winners of National Science Medal.

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Location: Pasadena, CA

Country: United States

Founded: 1891

Academic Staff: 300

California Institute of Technology ranks among the top private institutions in the world thanks to its notable and prestigious faculty, despite being a relatively smaller operation with 6 major academic divisions. Initiated as a vocational school, this elite university enrols more than 2,000 students. Caltech is particularly known for managing the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which has been contributing ground breaking discoveries to astrophysics.

The university is backed up by $2 billion endowment funds, which sufficiently support the high activity research operations of the institute with an annual budget of $227 million. Notable faculty includes George Hale and Robert Millikan, while alumni include Frank Capra, William Shockley and Carl David Anderson. Caltech has produced 34 Nobel laureates and 58 winners of National Medal of Science.

Princeton University

Location: Princeton, NJ

Country: United States

Founded: 1746

Academic Staff: 1,172

Princeton University is one of the oldest institutions in the United States, with its history intertwined with the very foundation of the Republic. The 500 acre campus hosts 8,000 enrolled students and features some of the most historic Academic landmarks in the United States including the Nassau Hall, the Rockefeller College and the Princeton University Chapel. Albert Einstein famously spent his last days lecturing in the University.

With an impressive endowment fund of $ 22 billion and 36 departments, the university has enough resources at its disposal to be one of the leading research institutes in the world. The university has produced 41 Nobel laureates, 126 Marshall Scholars and 17 winners of National Medal of Science. Notable alumni include Woodrow Wilson, James Madison, Aaron Burr, Michelle Obama, Jeff Bezos and Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

University of Cambridge

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Country: United Kingdom

Founded: 1209

Academic Staff: 6,645

Endowment: £5.89 billion

An institution of almost legendary reputation, Cambridge University has shaped the world of scientific and cultural development over the centuries. Easily one of the oldest academic institutions in the world, Cambridge consists of 31 autonomous colleges and 150 academic departments in six major schools covering sciences and humanities.

The sights and sounds of the campus are a remarkable experience due to its mix of medieval heritage and modern architecture. The King’s College and the Trinity College are some of the most recognizable and historic landmarks in the history of Academics.

University of Cambridge has nurtured some of the most prolific scientific, artistic and philosophic minds in history including Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking, Alan Turing, John Maynard Keynes, John Milton, Bertrand Russell and Isaac Newton. Considering the contribution of these giants to the progress of mankind, no wonder why the association with the institution is considered such an honour.

The university just does not have a rich history, but also a bright future £5.89 billion in endowment. With its world class research facilities, the institution is as forward looking in terms of technologies of the future as any. University of Cambridge and its affiliates have produced 92 Nobel laureates and have enrolled more than 19,000 students from more than 135 countries.

University of California, Berkeley

Location: Berkley, CA

Country: United States

Founded: 1868

Academic Staff: 3,241

Endowment: $4 billion

University of California at Berkley is a public institution that has an equal standing in terms of prestige with some of the richest privately funded universities around the world. It is widely considered the leading public university in the United States, and as per our ranking in the world with its 170 academic departments and programs and 14 colleges and schools.

The 1,232 acres of the historical Berkley campus, with its recognizable Sather Tower, beckons students and researchers from more than 100 countries in the world. Enrolling more than 37,000 graduate and undergraduate students, the campus is not located far from San Francisco. The University libraries contain over 12 million book volumes.

With endowment funds of $4 billion, the University supports a rich research facility and is backed up by healthy levels of state funding. Berkley produces more Ph. D. scholars than any other academic institution in the United States as more than half of its seniors assist professors in research. The University is also known for offering more scholarship grants than other institutions of the same standing.

Stanford University has produced 29 Nobel laureates, 3 Fields Medal winners, 33 MacArthur fellows, 77 Fulbright Scholars and 144 faculty members of the National Academy of Science.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Location: Cambridge, MA

Country: United States

Founded: 1861

Academic Staff:  1,036

Endowment: $13 billion

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the world’s leading technical research institutions and has been historically significant in the industrial development of the United States. MIT is renowned for its high research activity and world renowned facilities. The 160 acre campus accommodates more than 11,000 students and is home to some of the most notable and innovative architecture in the Academic  world, including the famous Great Dome, Simmons Hall, Stata Centre and Kresge Auditorium.

MIT is known for its promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation and facilitates an annual entrepreneurship competition. The publications of the institution, such as the MIT Technology Review are considered to be the world benchmarks as a source of knowledge about cutting edge technologies and industrial trends.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology has produced 85 Nobel laureates, 45 MacArthur fellows, 28 Medal of Technology and Innovation winners and 58 National Medal of Science winners. Notable alumni include Kofi Annan, Paul Krugman, Noam Chomsky, Buzz Aldrin and Nobel laureate Richard Feynman.

Stanford University

Location: Stanford, CA

Country: United States of America

Founded: 1891

Academic Staff: 2,118

Endowment: $22 billion

The most prominent educational institute on the West Coast, Stanford University is known for its scenic campus, prestigious schools and its relationship to the Silicon Valley. The 8,180 acre premises feature some of the most unique natural landmarks, including the 1,200 acre Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the Hopkins Marine Station research facility.

The natural habitat of the large campus area is also being used by the University to rehabilitate the endangered Californian tiger salamander. Stanford is also affiliated with the prestigious Hoover Institution.

Stanford employs some of the best research resources in the world and helps sustain around 5,500 externally sponsored projects. The facilities are student friendly as no less than 97% of undergraduates live on campus.

Stanford has produced 21 Nobel laureates, 5 Pulitzer Prize winners, 27 MacArthur fellows and hundreds of members of national academic bodies of various disciplines. It’s not surprising to see Stanford ranked so high in the top 100 universities list.

Harvard University

Harvard_University_Widener_Library

Location: Cambridge, MA

Country: United States of America

Founded: 1636

Academic Staff: 4,671

Endowment: $37 billion

One of the most widely known and resourceful educational institutions in the United States with an alumni network reaching all corners of the globe! Harvard University is considered a benchmark for academic prestige the world over. Enrolling 21,000 students, Harvard University boasts the most illustrious medical, business and law schools in the world. The 210 acre campus features some of the most significant and historical academic landmarks, particularly the Widener Library, which is considered the largest in the world for an educational institution.

The rich heritage of the institution is matched by its academic success. The schools of the Harvard University has offered 48 Nobel laureates , 48 Pulitzer Prizes and no less than 32 heads of state to the world, including 5 US Presidents. Noted alumni include Theodore Roosevelt, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Ban Ki-Moon and John F. Kennedy.

Harvard University is at the epicenter of the academic hub of the Boston metropolitan area, being in close and strategic vicinity of several institutes such as the MIT, Northeastern and Boston University-. Not only does this provide opportunities for collaborative research, but provides scholars and researches with arguably the most enviable academic environment in the world.

We hope you enjoyed the list of the top 100 universities in the world!

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