New Rankings Released: Best Global Universities

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Madeleine Karydes
Madeleine Karydes

Madeleine attended UC Berkeley and double-majored in English and Media Studies. She is now an integral part of the Empowerly team.

While rankings shouldn’t be the only tool you use to build a strong college list, the information can inspire your search—or even suggest a great option you hadn’t even considered. The US News & World Report is often consulted as an authoritative source for these rankings. Today, we’ll look at how the cards fell for 2022, and what that might mean for you as a college applicant.

If you’re just starting out:

I highly recommend reading through Empowerly’s Guide to Understanding the College List. This guide will give you the crash-course you need to have a successful list-building process. And of course, keep in mind as you review the lists that US News is not the only source of information out there for you. Be sure to do your own research and consult a college counselor before committing to anything. 

Finally, remember that academic research production and academic reputation are the top priority in how these universities are evaluated. These factors are difficult to quantify, so feel free to read up on their methodologies to fully understand how the lists were created.

“As students, faculty and staff continue to navigate the pandemic, comparable school-specific data remains important to individuals exploring their higher education options. For eight years and counting, the Best Global Universities rankings have provided easily accessible data that prospective students can use to evaluate those options.”

Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News

Now, without further ado, the top overall schools for 2022 are as follows:

  1. Harvard University (United States)
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
  3. Stanford University (United States)
  4. University of California, Berkeley (United States)
  5. University of Oxford (United Kingdom)

As you can see, the title-holders are well-renowned for the quality of their education, so it makes sense that they would rank well. 

However, you may notice that many of these top placeholders (and 4 out of the top 5 seats) are US-based institutions. The US News report also includes international schools, going so far as to list the best options on each continent. If you think that study abroad might be on the table, definitely consider these heavy-hitters:

  • 1. University of Cape Town (South Africa)
  • 2. University of Witwatersrand (South Africa)
  • 3. Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
  • 1. Tsinghua University (China)
  • 2. National University of Singapore (Singapore)
  • 3. Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
Australia/New Zealand: 
  • 1. University of Melbourne (Australia)
  • 2. University of Sydney (Australia)
  • 3. University of Queensland (Australia)
  • 1. University of Oxford (U.K.)
  • 2. University of Cambridge (U.K.)
  • 3. University College London (U.K.)
Latin America: 
  • 1. Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)
  • 2. Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil)
  • 3. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile)

We hope this round-up has been helpful and inspiring to all the college candidates out there. The world is a large place, and finding your path to the best-fit university is the first step in conquering your future!

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