list of top 100 university of all time?

Want to study at one of the world’s top 100 universities? The QS World University Rankings offers an annually updated list of the top 1,400+ universities worldwide. We will be revealing which of these made the top 100.

The 2024 edition of the QS World University Rankings sees the first major evolution of the rankings methodology in its 20-year history. Learn more about the changes in our methodology.

Here’s a complete rundown of the world’s top 100 universities.

Top 100 Universities in the World

According to the QS World University Rankings 2024 

Rank  University  Location 
1Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)United States
2University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom
3University of OxfordUnited Kingdom
4Harvard University United States
5Stanford UniversityUnited States
6Imperial College LondonUnited Kingdom
7ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)Switzerland
8National University of Singapore (NUS)Singapore
9UCL (University College London)United Kingdom
10University of California, Berkeley (UCB)United States
11University of ChicagoUnited States
12University of PennsylvaniaUnited States
13Cornell University United States
14University of MelbourneAustralia
15California Institute of Technology (Caltech)United States
16Yale UniversityUnited States
=17Peking UniversityMainland China
=17Princeton UniversityUnited States
=19University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)Australia
=19University of SydneyAustralia

22University of Edinburgh


United Kingdom
23Columbia UniversityUnited States
24Universite PSLFrance
25Tsinghua University


Mainland China
=26Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)Singapore
=26University of Hong Kong (UKU)Hong Kong SAR
28Johns Hopkins UniversityUnited States
28University of TokyoJapan
29University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)United States
30McGill UniversityCanada
32University of ManchesterUnited Kingdom
33University of Michigan-Ann ArborUnited States
=34Australian National UniversityAustralia
=34University of British ColumbiaCanada
36Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)Switzerland
37Technical University of MunichGermany
=38Institut Polytechnique de ParisFrance
=38New York University (NYU)United States
40King’s College LondonUnited Kingdom
41Seoul National UniversitySouth Korea
42Monash UniversityAustralia
43University of QueenslandAustralia
=44Zhejiang UniversityMainland China
45London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)United Kingdom
46Kyoto UniversityJapan
=47Delft University of TechnologyNetherlands
=47Northwestern UniversityUnited States
=47Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)Hong Kong SAR
50Fudan UniversityMainland China
51Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityMainland China
52Carnegie Mellon UniversityUnited States
53University of AmsterdamNetherlands
54Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenGermany
55University of BristolUnited Kingdom
56KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science & TechnologySouth Korea
57Duke UniversityUnited States
58University of Texas at AustinUnited States
59Sorbonne UniversityFrance
60Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)Hong Kong SAR
61KU LeuvenBelgium
62University of California, San Diego (UCSD)United States
63University of WashingtonUnited States
64University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUnited States
=65Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong Kong SAR
=65Universiti Malaya (UM) Malaysia
67University of WarwickUnited Kingdom
68University of AucklandNew Zealand
69National Taiwan University (NTU)Taiwan
70City University of Hong KongHong Kong SAR
71Universite Paris-SaclayFrance
72University of Western AustraliaAustralia
=73Brown UniversityUnited States
=73KTH Royal Institute of TechnologySweden
75University of LeedsUnited Kingdom
=76University of GlasgowUnited Kingdom
=76Yonsei UniversitySouth Korea
78Durham UniversityUnited Kingdom
79Korea UniversitySouth Korea
80Osaka UniversityJapan
=81Trinity College Dublin, The University of DublinIreland
=81University of SouthamptonUnited Kingdom
83Pennsylvania State UniversityUnited States
84University of BirminghamUnited Kingdom
=85Lund University Sweden
=85Universidade de São PauloBrazil
=87Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityRussia
=87Universität HeidelbergGermany
89The University of AdelaideAustralia
90University of Technology SydneyAustralia
=91 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
=91University of ZurichSwitzerland
=93Boston UniversityUnited States
=93Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)Mexico
=95Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA)Argentina
=95University of St AndrewsUnited Kingdom
97Georgia Institute of TechnologyUnited States
98Freie Universitaet BerlinGermany
99Purdue UniversityUnited States
=100Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)South Korea
=100University of NottinghamUnited Kingdom
University of TorontoCanada
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