The 10 best global universities of 2022

These institutions from the U.S. and more than 90 other countries have been ranked based on 13 indicators that measure their academic research performance and their global and regional reputations. Students can use these rankings to explore the higher education options that exist beyond their own countries’ borders and to compare key aspects of schools’ research missions. These are the world’s 1,750 top universities.

The 10 best global universities of 2022

1. Harvard University

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts — United States

Highlight: Top-ranked university in many categories including biology & biochemistry and economics & business.

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts — United States

Highlight: MIT was ranked the best university for mathematics in the world.

3. Stanford University

Location: Stanford, California — United States

Highlight: U.S. News identified Stanford as having the best chemistry program in the world.

4. University of California, Berkeley

Location: Berkeley, California — United States

Highlight: This year, UC Berkeley was recognized for having the second-best chemistry program.

5. University of Oxford

Location: Oxford, England — United Kingdom 

Highlight: Oxford was found to have the best arts & humanities program, worldwide.

6. Columbia University

Location: New York City, New York — United States

Highlight: Columbia University was recognized by U.S. News for being among the best places to study cardiovascular systems.

7. University of Washington, Seattle

Location: Seattle, Washington — United States

Highlight: The University of Washington, Seattle was found to have one of the world’s best clinical medicine programs.

8. University of Cambridge

Location: Cambridge, England — United Kingdom

Highlight: Cambridge’s faculty has included some of history’s most famous mathematicians. This year, the university earned fifth place for its mathematics program.

9. California Institute of Technology

Location: Pasadena, California — United States

Highlight: Home to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CalTech was identified as the top-ranked university in space science.

10. Johns Hopkins University

Location: Baltimore, Maryland — United States

Highlight: Known for its medical research, Johns Hopkins was found to have the second-best infectious disease program, as well as the second-best surgical program, in the world.

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