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Here Are The 10 Best Universities In The World According To New Rankings

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Choosing which university you want to attend can be one of the biggest decisions in any young person’s life.

With tuition fees and living costs soaring higher than ever, potential students are under more pressure than ever to ensure they’re getting a decent return on their sizeable investment.

Traditionally, Ivy League schools have dominated every kind of ‘best university’ list thanks to their prestigious reputations, access to unparalleled funding and boasting some of the most renowned professors in the world.

But when U.S. News & World Report evaluated 1,250 universities across 75 countries for their Best Global Universities of 2019 ranking, they found that select public universities are also being noted for their exceptional offering.


“When we first started publishing Best Global Universities, the rankings evaluated 500 schools in 11 countries. Since then, we’ve added 750 schools and have expanded to 75 nations,” says Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News. “One thing has remained the same — schools that prioritize quality academic research remain at the top of the rankings.”

To be considered for this list, schools needed to have produced a minimum, of 1,500 academic research papers between 2012 and 2016. Those that qualify are then evaluated based on 13 factors, including global and regional research reputation.

Here are the universities that made the top 10:

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10. University of Washington

Location: Seattle, U.S.
School type: Public
Total enrollment: 46,166
In-state tuition and fees (2018-2019): $11,517
Out-of-state tuition and fees (2018-2019): $36,898

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9. Princeton University

Location: Princeton, U.S.
School type: Private
Total enrollment: 8,273
Tuition and fees (2018-2019): $47,140

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8. Columbia University

Location: New York, U.S.
School type: Private
Total enrolment: 25,968
Tuition and fees (2018-2019): $59,430

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7. University of Cambridge

Location: Cambridge, U.K.
School type: Public
Total enrollment: 18,875
U.K. and EU tuition and fees (2019-2020): £9,250 ($11,852)
“Overseas” tuition and fees (2019-2020): between £20,157 and £52,638

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6. California Institute of Technology

Location: Pasadena, U.S.
School type: Private
Total enrollment: 2,238
Tuition and fees (2018-2019): $52,362

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5. University of Oxford

Location: Oxford, U.K.
School type: Public
Total enrollment: 20,256
U.K. and EU tuition and fees (2019-2020): £9,250 ($11,852)
“Overseas” tuition and fees (2019-2020): between £24,750 and £32,715 ($31,712 and $41,917)

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4. University of California Berkeley

Location: Berkeley, U.S.
School type: Public
Total enrollment: 41,910
In-state tuition and fees (2018-2019): $14,240
Out-of-state tuition and fees (2018-2019): $43,232

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3. Stanford University

Location: Stanford, U.S.
School type: Private
Total enrollment: 17,178
Tuition and fees (2018-2019): $51,354

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2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Location: Cambridge, U.S.
School type: Private
Total enrollment: 11,466
Tuition and fees (2018-2019): $51,832

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1. Harvard University

Location: Cambridge, U.S.
School type: Private
Total enrollment: 20,604
Tuition and fees (2018-2019): $50,420

 

 


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