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Getting into a Top UK University – a How To Guide

by Jon WestleyMay 1, 2017

Part 4.

League Tables: Deciding on the best university trajectory on leaving school

 
There are arguably three globally respected guides in ranking British Universities:

The Guardian University Rankings;

The Complete University Guide Rankings; and, probably the best known,

Sunday Times Rankings

The Times Higher Education journal separately defines the status of British Universities in a global context – and also makes a calculation of the most valued University brands for securing places in Industry.

Each of these five league tables use different methodologies to determine universities rank.

We have provided a snapshot of the latest of these reports below to help you weigh up options.

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I. The Guardian Overall University Rankings 2017

Ranking University Name Average Teaching Score Expenditure per student / 10 Student:staff ratio Career prospects (%) Value added score/10
1st Cambridge 100 9.7 11 90 5.7
2nd Oxford 95.4 10 10.5 88 6.8
3rd St Andrews 90.8 6.9 11.6 83 7
4th Loughborough 85 6.8 14.6 83 6.4
5th Surrey 85 6.2 13.9 79 6.4
6th Durham 84.9 5.5 14.7 83 7.1
7th Imperial College 84.4 8.4 11.1 90 6.1
8th Lancaster 82.6 7.7 13.4 83 4.5
9th Warwick 82 8.6 12.5 79 5.8
10th Bath 79.9 6 15.5 85 5.9
11th Exeter 78.2 6 15.7 80 6.3
12th London School of Economics 78.1 7.9 11.6 79 5.5
13th Birmingham 76.6 7.3 14 86 6.7
14th UCL 76.3 8.3 10.2 82 6.6
15th Coventry 75.3 4.7 14.6 74 6.9
16th Leeds 74.9 5.7 13.5 78 6.7
17th Southampton 74.9 6.7 12 78 6.5
18th City 73.8 7.8 16.6 79 5.6
19th York 73.7 7.1 14.5 76 4.8
20th Sussex 73.6 7.6 15.3 84 5.3
21st Falmouth 72.8 5.9 18.9 74 6.7
22nd Edinburgh 72.7 9 12 78 6
23rd Kent 72.5 5.1 12.7 77 6
24th UEA 71.5 3.9 13.2 71 6.7
25th Nottingham 71 6.8 13.2 82 6
26th Glasgow 70.8 6.4 14.5 78 5.1
27th Heriot-Watt 70.4 7.3 15.6 78 6.1
28th Dundee 69.9 5.6 12.6 80 5.8
29th Aston 69.4 6.7 19 77 7.5
30th SOAS 69.3 6.9 11.1 69 6.1
31st Manchester 69.2 8 13.4 78 4.5
32nd Reading 69.1 8.1 14.7 70 6.3
33rd Cardiff 66.9 7.5 13.7 80 4.8
34th Keele 66.8 4.6 13.2 77 3.9
35th Queen Mary 66.8 6.9 12.2 73 4.6
36th Aberdeen 66.1 5.8 13.5 77 6
37th Newcastle 65.8 5.1 15.5 79 5.3
38th Bristol 65.1 5.7 13.8 79 6.2
39th University for the Creative Arts 64.9 8.7 12.1 51 3.4
40th Swansea 64.9 4.9 14.7 82 6.1
41st Sheffield 64.8 5.6 14.6 76 5.7
42nd King’s College London 64.4 5.9 11.7 84 6.2
43rd Portsmouth 64.3 5.4 15.4 67 6.4
44th Robert Gordon 63.8 3.8 18.4 83 4.9
45th Royal Holloway 63.4 5.1 15.3 62 4.7
46th Goldsmiths 63 4.4 13.8 56 7.2
47th Leicester 62.3 7.4 12.9 72 5
48th Derby 62.2 6 14.8 60 5.4
49th Queen’s, Belfast 62.2 4.6 15.1 79 6.2
50th Northumbria 61.7 3.9 17.1 66 6.2
51st Strathclyde 61.5 6.7 19.4 72 4.8
52nd Bradford 61.2 5.3 16 75 6.6
53rd University of the Arts London 61.1 9.9 17 58 5.7
54th Nottingham Trent 61.1 4.2 16.7 68 5.7
55th Bangor 60.5 4.3 16.9 68 4
56th Lincoln 60.4 4.1 15.7 70 4.3
57th Oxford Brookes 60.3 3.9 18.3 69 6.4
58th Stirling 60.2 3.8 14.9 73 6.2
59th Liverpool 60.1 6.8 11.8 76 5.7
60th Manchester Met 59.5 3.5 15.6 63 5.1
61st De Montfort 58.5 4.1 18.6 77 5.9
62nd Essex 57.7 3.6 16.5 65 6.2
63rd Winchester 57.3 2.7 16.7 62 6.2
64th Edge Hill 57.2 4.1 14.8 64 5.4
65th Chester 57 5.4 14 64 4
66th Anglia Ruskin 56.7 8.1 17.3 65 4.9
67th Bath Spa 56.7 5.1 18.5 55 5.3
68th UWE Bristol 56.5 3.7 18.5 71 6.6
69th Staffordshire 55.3 5.8 15.7 58 5.6
70th Edinburgh Napier 55.1 3.7 20.1 69 7.7
71st Hull 55 4.8 16.2 67 5.1
72nd Gloucestershire 54.9 5.7 18.3 56 6.6
73rd Northampton 54.7 5 18.6 62 6.3
74th Middlesex 54.5 7.1 16.3 64 4.6
75th Chichester 54.3 3.1 16 58 5.5
76th Plymouth 54.2 5.2 16.4 60 6
77th Brunel 54.1 4.4 15.7 63 5.3
78th Huddersfield 54.1 3.5 20.6 74 5.1
79th Bournemouth 53.9 5.7 17.3 66 7.1
80th Liverpool Hope 53.9 2.6 16.2 54 3.7
81st Ulster 53.9 4.3 17.1 64 5.2
82nd Sunderland 53.9 6.9 16.3 63 4.6
83rd Salford 53.6 4 16.7 59 5.5
84th Liverpool John Moores 53.5 3.5 18.1 63 6
85th Abertay Dundee 53.4 2.6 19.3 66 6.7
86th Sheffield Hallam 53.1 5.3 16.5 62 6.1
87th Central Lancashire 52.6 5.8 16.8 63 4.7
88th Kingston 52.4 5 19.3 61 4.9
89th Leeds Trinity 52.4 2.9 21.6 66 7
90th Roehampton 52.3 5.9 14.9 61 5.7
91st Brighton 51.3 3.7 17.4 67 5.1
92nd Cardiff Met 51.3 4.5 17.9 61 5.8
93rd Bolton 51.1 4.3 15.9 60 4.4
94th Hertfordshire 51 4.2 17.5 75 4.9
95th Worcester 50.6 2.9 17.3 64 6.4
96th West London 50.3 5.6 15.6 61 5.4
97th University Campus Suffolk 48.7 20 55 2.3
98th Greenwich 48.6 3.7 18.6 58 5.3
99th Glasgow Caledonian 48.4 3.9 21.1 70 5.6
100th Southampton Solent 48.2 4.3 16.9 55 5.7
101st Queen Margaret 47.4 2.6 18.3 60 6.5
102nd Teesside 47.3 5.8 17.4 60 3.7
103rd West of Scotland 47.2 3.2 19.8 66 5.9
104th York St John 46.8 4.2 18.5 66 4.2
105th Birmingham City 45.2 4.8 19.1 65 5.5
106th St Mary’s, Twickenham 45.1 4.6 20.2 67 3.3
107th London South Bank 44.5 4.3 17.2 68 5.2
108th Aberystwyth 43.6 4.7 19.1 63 3.5
109th Canterbury Christ Church 43.5 3 16 58 5.4
110th Newman 43.3 3.4 16.9 55 3.3
111th South Wales 42.6 3.2 16.8 58 4.7
112th Westminster 40.9 4.1 19.8 55 6.2
113th Bedfordshire 40.5 5.9 17.4 59 3.4
114th Leeds Beckett 40.2 3.7 20.7 58 5
115th East London 37.7 4.9 20 46 5.8
116th Bucks New University 37 3.4 17.6 57 3.5
117th Cumbria 36.2 2.6 19.7 65 4.4
118th London Met 35.7 2.9 17.4 47 3.9
119th Glyndŵr 30.5 3 22.1 67 3.9

 

2. Complete University Guide Rankings 2017

Ranking University Name Entry Requirement Student Satisfaction Research Quality Career prospects (%) Overall Score
1st Cambridge 600 4.17 3.33 89 1000
2nd Oxford 574 4.17 3.34 86.7 998
3rd London School of Economics 518 3.89 3.35 78.5 940
4th Imperial College London 567 4.15 3.36 90.8 938
5th St Andrews 520 4.23 3.13 83.2 927
6th Durham 524 4.14 3.14 83.6 916
7th Loughborough 410 4.26 2.95 83.6 897
8th Warwick 485 4.09 3.22 79.5 889
9th Lancaster 423 4.17 3.15 82.6 885
10th University College London 505 3.95 3.22 82.9 880
11th Bath 478 4.18 3.17 85.1 870
11th Surrey 431 4.31 2.98 78.7 870
13th Exeter 466 4.18 3.08 79.6 855
14th East Anglia (UEA) 423 4.17 3.11 70.1 841
15th Birmingham 423 4.08 3.07 86.5 832
16th Leeds 430 4.16 3.13 78.5 827
17th Southampton 417 4.08 3.15 77.9 821
18th Sussex 375 4.06 3.01 84.2 817
19th Edinburgh 485 3.93 3.18 78.6 808
20th York 430 4.14 3.17 75.7 807
21st King’s College London 462 3.91 3.23 85.7 799
21st Nottingham 424 4.06 3.09 81.2 799
23rd Kent 358 4.12 2.95 76.6 796
24th Bristol 476 3.96 3.18 79.5 791
25th Manchester 433 4.05 3.16 78.4 773
25th Newcastle 430 4.14 3.09 79.3 773
27th Reading 371 4.09 3.03 70.2 764
27th Sheffield 415 4.14 3.17 75.5 764
29th Glasgow 467 4.12 3.1 79.5 762
30th Aston 353 4.17 3.05 78.8 761
31st Queen Mary, University of London 404 4.12 3.18 73 756
32nd Leicester 390 4.03 2.93 72.1 755
33rd Queen’s, Belfast 385 4.13 2.99 78.4 754
34th Heriot-Watt 406 4.12 3.06 77.9 751
35th Cardiff 399 4.09 3.27 79.8 747
35th Dundee 426 4.19 3.03 79.9 747
37th Royal Holloway, University of London 402 4.15 3.09 62.4 743
38th Liverpool 383 4.01 3.06 75.8 742
39th Stirling 374 3.99 2.96 72.8 730
40th City, University of London 371 4.2 2.95 78 727
41st Essex 297 4.22 3.05 63.7 726
42nd Aberdeen 441 4 2.97 76 718
43rd SOAS University of London 397 3.98 2.82 68.1 714
44th St George’s, University of London 429 4 2.99 93.4 713
45th Swansea 311 4.13 3.09 81.1 702
46th Harper Adams 338 4.11 2.66 73.7 691
46th Keele 350 4.28 2.88 75.6 691
48th Strathclyde 470 4.01 3.04 71.7 688
49th Lincoln 339 4.09 2.54 70.5 683
50th Coventry 316 4.28 2.67 73.8 679
51st Goldsmiths, University of London 353 3.98 2.9 55.5 677
52nd Brunel University London 349 4.06 2.67 63 672
53rd Bradford 321 4.08 2.95 75 656
54th De Montfort 292 4.14 2.67 76.8 648
55th Buckingham 311 4.36 n/a 83.3 641
56th Bournemouth 321 3.9 2.72 65.8 638
57th Manchester Metropolitan 349 4.1 2.74 63.2 637
58th Falmouth 310 4.14 2.04 73.5 634
59th Northumbria 361 4.11 2.71 66 633
59th University for the Creative Arts 316 4.08 2.72 51.7 633
61st Portsmouth 321 4.14 2.75 66.8 631
62nd Bangor 342 4.26 2.99 67.2 629
63rd Nottingham Trent 305 4.15 2.59 66.3 627
64th Robert Gordon 385 4.09 2.35 82.8 625
65th Oxford Brookes 335 4.15 2.66 68.6 624
66th Norwich University of the Arts 343 4.15 2.69 63.1 621
67th West of England, Bristol 323 4.03 2.7 70.4 614
68th Hull 335 4.05 2.7 66.5 606
69th Roehampton 275 4.02 2.83 60 604
70th Ulster 307 4.18 2.91 62.3 600
71st Edge Hill 327 4.16 2.22 63.1 599
72nd Cardiff Metropolitan 315 4.03 3 59 598
72nd Sheffield Hallam 304 4.03 2.76 64.7 598
74th Liverpool John Moores 342 4.12 2.79 63 596
74th Winchester 293 4.17 2.32 60.5 596
76th Arts University Bournemouth 322 4.07 2.3 61.4 586
76th Bath Spa 321 4.2 2.52 54.5 586
78th Middlesex 297 4.02 2.58 64.7 580
79th Hertfordshire 302 4.01 2.61 74.7 577
80th Chichester 298 4.17 2.5 56.9 575
81st Huddersfield 331 4.13 2.65 73.6 572
82nd Glasgow Caledonian 385 3.98 2.67 70.1 568
83rd Liverpool Hope 307 4.28 2.21 53.4 567
84th Plymouth 314 4.08 2.74 60.1 566
85th University of the Arts, London 314 3.92 3.12 59 561
86th Abertay 338 4.04 2.16 65.6 557
87th Aberystwyth 289 4.01 2.84 62.3 555
87th Northampton 280 4.14 2.09 59.4 555
89th Gloucestershire 319 4.06 2.38 55.2 551
90th Brighton 301 4 2.84 66.6 550
91st Derby 302 4.16 2.07 59.1 546
92nd Edinburgh Napier 337 4.05 2.52 68.6 544
93rd Queen Margaret 350 4.02 2.65 58.2 540
94th Chester 303 4.12 2.08 63.1 539
95th Birmingham City 316 3.96 2.64 64.3 535
95th Salford 316 4.05 2.54 59.2 535
97th Worcester 300 4.09 2.08 63.1 526
98th Greenwich 337 4.08 2.33 58.1 525
99th Central Lancashire 317 4.06 2.51 62.3 515
99th South Wales 321 3.97 2.51 58.4 515
101st Staffordshire 274 4.11 2.2 57.7 506
102nd Westminster 315 3.96 2.74 54.9 503
103rd Leeds Trinity 284 4.11 2.01 65.8 502
103rd Royal Agricultural University 301 4.01 1.4 69.7 502
103rd Sunderland 289 4.1 2.12 62.2 502
106th West London 301 3.99 1.92 60 498
107th Teesside 305 4.13 2.58 59.2 490
107th York St John 300 4.11 2.04 64.8 490
109th Kingston 288 3.97 2.7 60.6 485
110th Anglia Ruskin 254 4.14 2.37 64.7 483
110th West of Scotland 316 4.08 2.36 65.1 483
112th Canterbury Christ Church 270 4.02 2.38 57.6 475
113th Buckinghamshire New 256 4.07 2.19 57.1 460
114th Leeds Beckett 288 3.98 2.16 58.3 446
115th London South Bank 254 3.99 2.52 67.4 443
115th Southampton Solent 275 4.02 1.63 54.1 443
117th Newman 298 4.15 2.13 52.6 442
118th St Mary’s, Twickenham 291 4.13 1.98 66.6 440
119th Bishop Grosseteste 284 4.07 1.96 67.8 438
120th Bedfordshire 234 4.08 2.52 57.9 423
121st Cumbria 286 3.93 2.13 64.5 422
122nd Bolton 283 4.1 2.04 59.9 406
123rd University of Wales Trinity Saint David 284 3.99 2.39 50.2 397
124th Plymouth Marjon 288 3.92 n/a 60.5 379
125th Glyndwr 236 4.1 2.15 66.1 378
126th East London 277 3.93 2.71 45.2 376
127th London Metropolitan 247 4 2.44 47 322

 

3. The Times And Sunday Times UK University Rankings 2017

Ranking University Name Teaching Quality (%) Student Experiance(%) Graduate Prospects(%) Student – Staff Ratio Total
1st University of Cambridge 82.9 85.5 88.3 11 1000
2nd University of Oxford 82 86.5 84.3 10.5 968
3rd University of St Andrews 88.4 91 83.3 11.6 929
4th Durham University 82.1 86.4 83.3 14.7 857
5th Imperial College London 74.8 83.2 90.5 11.1 840
6th University College London 75.5 81.9 87.2 10.2 838
7th University of Warwick 80.1 84.4 80.4 12.5 813
8th London School of Economics and Political Science 68.5 73.1 84.6 11.6 808
9th University of Exeter 83.3 87.9 80.2 15.8 807
10th Lancaster University 82.3 87.8 82.5 13.4 807
11th Loughborough University 81.9 87.9 85.3 14.6 793
12th University of Bath 81.6 85.1 85.4 15.5 786
13th University of Leeds 82.7 87.8 81.4 13.5 780
14th University of Surrey 83.7 87.3 81.1 13.9 774
15th University of East Anglia 83 87.4 74.2 13.2 769
16th University of Birmingham 80.8 84.4 85.3 14 761
17th University of York 83.8 87.5 77 14.5 758
18th University of Sussex 79.7 86 86.2 15.3 744
19th University of Bristol 78.8 84 79 13.8 741
20th University of Nottingham 81.2 86 82.7 13.2 738
21st University of Southampton 78.8 84.7 78.4 12 737
22nd Newcastle University 82.9 87.8 82.6 15.5 728
23rd University of Kent 80.9 85.9 80.6 12.7 723
24th University of Sheffield 80.7 86.7 81.3 14.6 716
25th University of Leicester 80.5 85.8 75.3 12.9 713
26th Queen’s University, Belfast 82.8 88.7 80.3 15.1 710
27th King’s College London 74.9 80.3 88 11.7 709
28th University of Dundee 85.9 88.8 80.9 12.6 706
29th University of Glasgow 79.4 85.6 81.8 14.5 704
30th University of Essex 82.4 87.2 73.4 16.5 701
31st University of Reading 80.2 84.8 73.6 14.7 696
32nd University of Manchester 77.3 83.4 82.2 13.4 694
33rd Aston University Birmingham 81.9 86.8 82.3 19 693
34th Royal Holloway, University of London 81.9 83.9 69.3 15.3 688
35th Soas 79.5 83.1 70.8 11.1 687
36th Harper Adams University 85.1 89.8 72.8 15.4 681
37th University of Edinburgh 71.8 79.6 73 12 676
38th Heriot-Watt University 80 85.3 79.7 15.6 676
39th University of Liverpool 79.7 84.4 76.9 11.8 672
40th Queen Mary, University of London 76.7 80.7 79.8 11.9 665
41st University of Buckingham 90.2 91.5 71.4 9.6 661
42nd Keele University 87.2 90.4 79.5 13.2 657
43rd University of Stirling 80.4 83.7 77.5 14.9 656
44th University of Aberdeen 78.1 84.4 78.5 13.5 653
45th Swansea University 81.2 84.6 80.5 14.7 653
46th Cardiff University 79 84.8 73.9 13.7 642
47th Coventry University 87.6 89.8 79.9 14.6 639
48th University of Strathclyde 76.3 84.7 77.2 19.4 629
49th Liverpool Hope University 89.9 89.6 78 16.2 622
50th City, University of London 80.1 84.3 82.6 16.6 620
51st University of Lincoln 85.1 88.5 71.9 15.7 619
52nd Falmouth University 83.6 83.7 79.3 18.9 593
53rd University for the Creative Arts 84.4 83.5 53.6 12.1 591
54th Brunel University London 78.6 83.2 71.2 15.7 588
55th Goldsmiths, University of London 77.4 76.8 59.8 13.8 588
56th Aberystwyth University 85 87 68.2 19.1 583
57th Nottingham Trent University 84.6 85.7 73.1 16.7 580
58th Edge Hill University 85 86 71.5 14.8 579
59th University of Portsmouth 82.7 85.4 72 15.4 575
60th University of the West of England 83 86.2 76.4 18.5 565
61st Bangor University 84.8 86.4 66.3 16.9 557
62nd Bournemouth University 78.2 82.1 71.6 17.3 555
63rd Royal Agricultural University 77.2 83.9 74.7 20.8 551
64th Arts University Bournemouth 80.7 81.2 73.9 14.9 546
65th University of Hull 78.9 84.1 72.7 16.2 543
66th Northumbria University 81.2 83.8 71.9 17.1 543
67th De Montfort University 79.9 83.1 75.5 18.6 541
68th Ulster University 81.5 86.9 65.6 17.1 539
69th Oxford Brookes University 81.3 84 70.9 18.3 537
70th St George’s, University of London 72.7 77.2 95.1 12.8 536
71st University of Gloucestershire 82.9 84.9 63.9 18.3 532
72nd Manchester Metropolitan University 80 82.7 66.5 15.6 527
73rd University of Winchester 81.7 83.3 61.2 16.7 527
74th Middlesex University 79.3 82.3 70.3 16.3 522
75th Bath Spa University 81.4 81.6 61 18.5 521
76th University of Bradford 76.9 83 78.8 16 520
77th University of Huddersfield 83.6 84.8 73.4 20.6 519
78th University of Roehampton 77.4 79.8 64.2 14.9 517
79th Sheffield Hallam University 80 83.4 68.6 16.5 515
80th Plymouth University 81.1 83.2 69.8 16.4 514
81st University of Chester 82.9 81.6 64.3 14 513
82nd University of Chichester 82.9 84.9 58.5 16 511
83rd University of Derby 83.5 83.9 64 14.8 507
84th University of West London 81.9 84.4 68.9 15.6 499
85th Abertay University 83 84.5 68.4 19.3 498
86th Liverpool John Moores University 80.5 84.1 67 18.1 497
87th Robert Gordon University 78.8 82.3 77.5 18.4 497
88th Norwich University of the Arts 79.3 79.1 57.7 17.8 491
89th Cardiff Metropolitan University 77.2 81.3 70.4 17.9 490
90th University of Worcester 82.5 84.1 68 17.3 486
91st University of Hertfordshire 78.2 81.8 77.5 17.5 483
92nd Staffordshire University 82.5 83.2 56.9 15.7 480
93rd Birmingham City University 81.4 81.5 69.1 19.1 479
94th Edinburgh Napier University 80.1 83.3 72.3 20.1 479
95th Bishop Grosseteste University 86.3 86.2 67.1 25.1 477
96th Leeds Trinity University 79.7 79.7 70.6 21.6 468
97th University of Northampton 80.4 82.1 56.8 18.6 466
98th University of Salford 80.2 81.6 61.5 16.7 465
99th Glasgow Caledonian University 75.7 81.8 71.2 21.1 460
100th University of Sunderland 80.5 83.1 66.8 16.3 459
101st University of Central Lancashire 79.7 82.3 64.5 16.7 457
102nd Queen Margaret University Edinburgh 80.6 83.3 57.8 18.3 457
103rd Teesside University 83.1 84.8 66.4 17.4 457
104th University of Brighton 77.6 79.5 71.3 17.4 454
105th University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth 82.9 85.4 63 21.5 451
106th University of the West of Scotland 82.1 83.6 69.9 19.8 445
107th University of Greenwich 77.3 80.4 66 18.6 442
108th Anglia Ruskin University 83.5 84 56.8 17.3 439
109th University of the Arts London 76.4 73.9 61.2 17 437
110th Southampton Solent University 79.3 81.8 57 16.9 431
111th York St John University 79.9 81.1 61.7 18.5 431
112th Leeds Beckett University 79.2 83.8 66.1 20.7 429
113th Newman University, Birmingham 80.9 80.9 67.7 16.9 429
114th Canterbury Christ Church University 79.8 80.8 61 16 427
115th University of South Wales 78.4 79.4 56.4 17.4 418
116th St Mary’s University, Twickenham 79 83.3 70.1 20.2 415
117th University of Westminster 73.5 81.3 58.1 19.8 407
118th Buckinghamshire New University 81.2 81.9 61.4 17.6 403
119th University of Cumbria 80 78.8 66.3 19.7 402
120th London South Bank University 77.1 81.2 75.4 17.2 400
121st University of Bedfordshire 80.1 82.5 61.7 17.4 393
122nd Kingston University 75.2 79.7 64.6 19.3 383
123rd University of East London 79.9 82.6 52.3 20 370
124th University of Bolton 82.4 81.6 59.1 15.9 369
125th Wrexham Glyndwr University 83.5 82.4 58.9 22.1 358
126th University of Suffolk 77.8 79.4 61 20 320
127th London Metropolitan University 77.3 81.4 59.2 17.4 313
128th University of the Highlands and Islands 78.6 74.1 51.1 n/a 240

 

4. Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Ranking University Name No. of FTE Students Student:Staff Ratio International Students Female:Male Ratio
1st University of Oxford 19,718 11 35% 46:54:00
2nd California Institute of Technology 2,181 6.7 27% 31 : 69
3rd Stanford University 15,658 7.7 22% 42:58:00
4th University of Cambridge 18,605 11.3 35% 45:55:00
5th Massachusetts Institute of Technology 11,192 8.8 34% 37 : 63
6th Harvard University 19,890 8.8 25% n/a
7th Princeton University 7,925 8.4 23% 45:55:00
8th Imperial College London 15,236 11.3 52% 37 : 63
9th ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich 18,616 14.9 37% 31 : 69
10th University of California, Berkeley 34,834 12 16% 52:48:00
11th University of Chicago 13,486 6.2 24% 42:58:00
12th Yale University 11,946 4.4 21% 49:51:00
13th University of Pennsylvania 20,367 6.5 20% 51:49:00
14th University of California, Los Angeles 38,392 9.9 16% 53:47:00
15th University College London 28,602 10.5 47% 56:44:00
16th Columbia University 25,659 6 30% n/a
17th Johns Hopkins University 15,303 3.5 24% 51:49:00
18th Duke University 15,204 4.8 17% 49:51:00
19th Cornell University 21,593 9.9 20% 49:51:00
20th Northwestern University 18,570 14 16% 48:52:00
21st University of Michigan 41,912 8.8 16% 48:52:00
22nd University of Toronto 68,093 18.8 16% n/a
23rd Carnegie Mellon University 12,311 13.2 38% 38 : 62
24th National University of Singapore 31,111 16.7 32% 50:50:00
25th London School of Economics and Political Science 9,401 11.5 70% 53:47:00
26th University of Washington 45,162 11.9 15% 53:47:00
27th University of Edinburgh 25,279 12.5 37% 59:41:00
28th Karolinska Institute 7,723 11.3 23% 69:31:00
29th Peking University 42,977 8.8 15% 48:52:00
30th École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne 9,750 11.2 54% 27 : 73
31st LMU Munich 36,180 15.7 14% 61:39:00
32nd New York University 43,021 6.6 25% 55:45:00
33rd Georgia Institute of Technology 19,847 19.8 26% 31 : 69
34th University of Melbourne 42,273 24.8 37% 55:45:00
35th Tsinghua University 41,537 14.1 10% 32 : 68
36th University of British Columbia 51,889 18.2 29% 54:46:00
37th University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 43,202 18.3 22% 46:54:00
38th King’s College London 21,986 11.3 38% 61:39:00
39th University of Tokyo 26,080 7 10% n/a
40th KU Leuven 46,381 41.9 16% 49:51:00
41st University of California, San Diego 28,416 6.6 14% 47:53:00
42nd McGill University 30,911 13.5 24% 57:43:00
43rd Heidelberg University 29,527 24.9 17% 55:45:00
44th University of Hong Kong 20,095 17.8 39% 51:49:00
45th University of Wisconsin-Madison 40,048 11 12% 51:49:00
46th Technical University of Munich 36,929 51.9 22% 33 : 67
47th Australian National University 15,402 19.9 35% 52:48:00
48th University of California, Santa Barbara 22,267 27.4 12% 51:49:00
49th Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 11,960 27.3 38% n/a
50th University of Texas at Austin 48,689 17.2 10% 51:49:00
51st Brown University 8,694 10.2 20% n/a
52nd University of California, Davis 36,060 13.7 15% 55:45:00
53rd University of Minnesota 46,625 17.5 13% 52:48:00
54th Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 25,278 16.1 32% 49:51:00
55th University of Manchester 34,015 14.3 36% 52:48:00
56th University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 26,412 7.5 8% 57:43:00
57th Humboldt University of Berlin 31,043 54.8 17% n/a
58th Washington University in St Louis 12,528 5.7 17% n/a
59th Delft University of Technology 16,174 18.9 25% 27 : 73
60th University of Queensland 38,892 35.4 25% 55:45:00
61st University of Southern California 38,466 13.6 23% 52:48:00
62nd University of Sydney 42,678 19 29% 57:43:00
63rd University of Amsterdam 25,344 14.3 10% 58:42:00
64th Boston University 24,714 8.4 19% 59:41:00
65th Wageningen University & Research 9,535 15.6 23% 56:44:00
66th École Normale Supérieure 1,548 9.6 18% 40 : 60
67th University of Maryland, College Park 31,353 16.8 10% 48:52:00
68th Pennsylvania State University 45,359 12.3 13% 46:54:00
69th Erasmus University Rotterdam 21,854 20.6 19% 49:51:00
70th Purdue University 38,788 17.7 22% 42:58:00
71st University of Bristol 18,544 14.6 25% 52:48:00
72nd Ohio State University 52,497 12.8 12% 49:51:00
73rd Seoul National University 26,777 13.1 11% n/a
74th Monash University 44,217 34.5 25% 57:43:00
75th Free University of Berlin 32,909 53.9 21% 58:42:00
76th Chinese University of Hong Kong 18,433 10.5 27% n/a
77th Leiden University 23,597 17.8 11% 59:41:00
78th University of New South Wales 39,121 26.3 32% 46:54:00
79th RWTH Aachen University 42,298 54.9 17% 32 : 68
80th University of Groningen 25,281 24.4 13% 52:48:00
81st University of Pittsburgh 26,501 5.9 10% 51:49:00
82nd Dartmouth College 6,109 6.7 15% 47:53:00
83rd Emory University 12,649 4.4 19% 57:43:00
84th Technical University of Berlin 20,548 60.3 19% 34 : 66
85th University of Warwick 18,558 14.6 38% 47:53:00
86th Utrecht University 31,142 15.6 7% 59:41:00
87th Rice University 6,447 9 27% 43:57:00
88th University of Glasgow 22,856 15.6 32% 57:43:00
89th Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) 9,327 9.5 9% 0.888888889
90th University of Tübingen 28,074 37.3 11% 58:42:00
91st University of Helsinki 23,369 17 6% 65:35:00
92nd Kyoto University 22,547 5.5 7% n/a
93rd Uppsala University 25,275 16.6 12% 57:43:00
94th Maastricht University 16,030 18.3 47% 58:42:00
95th University of Freiburg 25,890 33.7 16% 52:48:00
96th Durham University 15,705 15.5 26% 54:46:00
97th Lund University 28,852 12 15% 53:47:00
98th Aarhus University 24,633 13.9 14% 55:45:00
99th University of Basel 12,560 17.4 24% 54:46:00
100th University of California, Irvine 29,304 17.2 18% 53:47:00

 

5. Times Higher Education World University Reputation Rankings

Ranking University Name No. of FTE Students Student – Staff Ratio International Students Female – Male Ratio
1st Harvard University 19,890 8.8 25% n/a
2nd Massachusetts Institute of Technology 11,192 8.8 34% 37 : 63
3rd Stanford University 15,658 7.7 22% 42:58:00
4th University of Cambridge 18,605 11.3 35% 45:55:00
5th University of Oxford 19,718 11 35% 46:54:00
6th University of California, Berkeley 34,834 12 16% 52:48:00
7th Princeton University 7,925 8.4 23% 45:55:00
8th Yale University 11,946 4.4 21% 49:51:00
9th Columbia University 25,659 6 30% n/a
10th California Institute of Technology 2,181 6.7 27% 31 : 69
11th University of Chicago 13,486 6.2 24% 42:58:00
12th University of Tokyo 26,080 7 10% n/a
13th University of California, Los Angeles 38,392 9.9 16% 53:47:00
14th University of Michigan 41,912 8.8 16% 48:52:00
15th Imperial College London 15,236 11.3 52% 37 : 63
16th University of Pennsylvania 20,367 6.5 20% 51:49:00
17th Cornell University 21,593 9.9 20% 49:51:00
18th Tsinghua University 41,537 14.1 10% 32 : 68
19th ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich 18,616 14.9 37% 31 : 69
20th University College London 28,602 10.5 47% 56:44:00
21st Peking University 42,977 8.8 15% 48:52:00
22nd Johns Hopkins University 15,303 3.5 24% 51:49:00
23rd University of Toronto 68,093 18.8 16% n/a
24th London School of Economics and Political Science 9,401 11.5 70% 53:47:00
25th New York University 43,021 6.6 25% 55:45:00
26th National University of Singapore 31,111 16.7 32% 50:50:00
27th Kyoto University 22,547 5.5 7% n/a
28th Duke University 15,204 4.8 17% 49:51:00
29th University of Washington 45,162 11.9 15% 53:47:00
30th University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 43,202 18.3 22% 46:54:00
31st Lomonosov Moscow State University 29,563 7.4 21% 45:55:00
32nd Northwestern University 18,570 14 16% 48:52:00
33rd Carnegie Mellon University 12,311 13.2 38% 38 : 62
34th University of Texas at Austin 48,689 17.2 10% 51:49:00
35th University of Wisconsin-Madison 40,048 11 12% 51:49:00
36th University of California, San Diego 28,416 6.6 14% 47:53:00
37th University of British Columbia 51,889 18.2 29% 54:46:00
38th University of Edinburgh 25,279 12.5 37% 59:41:00
39th McGill University 30,911 13.5 24% 57:43:00
40th Georgia Institute of Technology 19,847 19.8 26% 31 : 69
41st LMU Munich 36,180 15.7 14% 61:39:00
42nd University of California, San Francisco n/a n/a n/a n/a
43rd King’s College London 21,986 11.3 38% 61:39:00
44th Pennsylvania State University 45,359 12.3 13% 46:54:00
45th University of California, Davis 36,060 13.7 15% 55:45:00
46th University of Hong Kong 20,095 17.8 39% 51:49:00
47th Seoul National University 26,777 13.1 11% n/a
48th École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne 9,750 11.2 54% 27 : 73
49th University of Manchester 34,015 14.3 36% 52:48:00
50th University of Melbourne 42,273 24.8 37% 55:45:00
51st University of Minnesota 46,625 17.5 13% 52:48:00
52nd Delft University of Technology 16,174 18.9 25% 27 : 73
53rd Heidelberg University 29,527 24.9 17% 55:45:00
54th Humboldt University of Berlin 31,043 54.8 17% n/a
55th Karolinska Institute 7,723 11.3 23% 69:31:00
56th University of Maryland, College Park 31,353 16.8 10% 48:52:00
57th University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 26,412 7.5 8% 57:43:00
58th Ohio State University 52,497 12.8 12% 49:51:00
59th Osaka University 23,087 7.6 9% 30 : 70
60th Purdue University 38,788 17.7 22% 42:58:00
61st Technical University of Munich 36,929 51.9 22% 33 : 67
62nd University of Amsterdam 25,344 14.3 10% 58:42:00
63rd Australian National University 15,402 19.9 35% 52:48:00
64th École Normale Supérieure 1,548 9.6 18% 40 : 60
65th KU Leuven 46,381 41.9 16% 49:51:00
66th Michigan State University 45,297 15.8 17% 51:49:00
67th University of Southern California 38,466 13.6 23% 52:48:00
68th University of Sydney 42,678 19 29% 57:43:00
69th Tohoku University 17,349 5.4 9% 26 : 74
70th Washington University in St Louis 12,528 5.7 17% n/a
71st Boston University 24,714 8.4 19% 59:41:00
72nd Brown University 8,694 10.2 20% n/a
73rd University of California, Santa Barbara 22,267 27.4 12% 51:49:00
74th Chinese University of Hong Kong 18,433 10.5 27% n/a
75th Free University of Berlin 32,909 53.9 21% 58:42:00
76th Fudan University 32,449 12.1 11% 50:50:00
77th Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 11,960 27.3 38% n/a
78th University of Pittsburgh 26,501 5.9 10% 51:49:00
79th Shanghai Jiao Tong University 36,535 12.3 6% 41:59:00
80th Texas A&M University 53,694 22.1 9% 47:53:00
81st Indiana University (Bloomington) n/a n/a n/a n/a
82nd Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) 9,327 9.5 9% 0.888888889
83rd Leiden University 23,597 17.8 11% 59:41:00
84th London Business School 1,423 14.3 90% 30 : 70
85th Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 25,278 16.1 32% 49:51:00
86th National Taiwan University 31,581 11.6 8% 40 : 60
87th Pierre and Marie Curie University 28,473 8 17% 48:52:00
88th RWTH Aachen University 42,298 54.9 17% 32 : 68
89th Saint Petersburg State University 21,924 5.5 7% 64:36:00
90th Tokyo Institute of Technology 9,587 7.4 13% 0.602083333
91st University of Warwick 18,558 14.6 38% 47:53:00
92nd Zhejiang University 47,845 15.2 5% 41:59:00
93rd Arizona State University 43,082 20.1 16% 44:56:00
94th University of Colorado Boulder 29,741 16.3 9% 44:56:00
95th École Polytechnique 2,669 5 31% 0.806944444
96th Insead n/a n/a n/a n/a
97th Lund University 28,852 12 15% 53:47:00
98th Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology 5,535 7.8 12% n/a
99th Panthéon-Sorbonne University – Paris 1 40,121 32.8 20% 60:40:00
100th University of São Paulo 83,201 14.7 4% 48:52:00

 

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