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Caltech Among Top 10 Global Universities for 2021 in Annual U.S. News and World Report Ranking

Published on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 4:14 pm

On Tuesday, Caltech was chosen as one of the top 10 global universities for 2021 by U.S. News and World Report in the magazine’s annual ranking.

For the ranking, U.S. News analyzed the data of roughly 1,500 schools from 86 countries across 13 different variables, including global research reputation, volume, and quality of publications from students and faculty and international research collaboration.

“Higher education has become more globalized,” says Anita Narayan, managing editor of education for U.S. News, noting also that the coronavirus pandemic has “introduced additional factors to consider when pursuing higher education, especially if you’re looking to earn a degree abroad.”

Indeed, students must now consider public health and travel restrictions before studying abroad and international students studying in the United States have been particularly impacted by the pandemic.

Narayan and her team found that the U.S. is home to the highest number of top-ranking global universities. Some 255 U.S. schools, CNBC reported on the rankings, made it into the publication’s overall ranking, followed by 176 colleges in China and 87 colleges in the U.K. Schools from the U.S. and U.K. dominate the list of the top 10 global universities.

U.S. News also compared global universities across 38 subject areas, from agriculture sciences to psychology, to determine which fields schools excel in.

Here are the top 10 best global universities of 2021, according to U.S. News:

1. Harvard University

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts — United States
Highlight: Top-ranked university in several categories including biology and biochemistry, economics and business, and immunology.

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts — United States
Highlight: MIT was ranked the best university for physics in the world.

3. Stanford University

Location: Stanford, California — United States
Highlight: U.S. News identified Stanford as having the best computer science program in the world.

4. University of California, Berkeley

Location: Berkeley, California — United States
Highlight: This year, UC Berkeley was recognized for having the best chemistry program.

5. University of Oxford

Location: Oxford, England — United Kingdom
Highlight: Oxford was found to have the best arts and 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. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

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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