Americans Universities dominated the rankings put together by the US News & World Report, who released its list of the top 1,500 Global Universities for 2020.

The rankings are based based on "academic research performance" and reputation. Each of the 1,500 universities listed was also handed a "Global Score" rating up to 100. The top four were all based in the United States.

These rankings are bound to help high school graduates who are exploring their many post-secondary options across the world. Thanks to this report, students off to university/college can see where these top 1,500 rank in various areas.


No. 1 won't surprise you, as Harvard University claimed the top spot with a perfect score of 100. According to the US News & World Report, Harvard has 20,823 students - including 4,946 internationally. It ranked first in global score, global research reputation, publications, total citations and regional research reputation.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (98.4 score), Stanford University (94.9) and the University of California-Berkely (90.3) game in at fourth.

The highest-graded non-American University on the list was the University of Oxford in England, with a score of 87.2. Rounding out the top 10 was the California Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Princeton University, the University of Cambridge and the University of Washington.

In all, 16 of the top 20 highest-ranked universities were based in the United States. The United Kingdom had five in the top 30 - with Imperial College London (20th), University College London (21) and the University of Edinburgh (28th) joining Oxford and Cambridge in the top 30.

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Two Canadian post-secondary schools placed in the top 30. The University of Toronto (an 83.1 global score) and the University of British Columbia (77.6) placed 18th and 30th on the list, respectively.

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich placed 25th, followed by two Australian Universities - the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney. In all, eight Australian universities made the top 100.

And in case you're curious, Liaoning University in Shenyang, Liaoning, China was the last entry on the list at 1,500th.

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