Top 5 Colleges Outside the United States

Methodology behind the List

There are currently three influential and widely observed international university rankings. These rankings are the Academic Ranking of World Universities (also known as the Shanghai ranking as the Shanghai Jiaotong University compiles it), the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings, and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings that spun off from the QS rankings as their partnership ended in 2010. These rankings all have different methodologies which results in different lists. To compile a list of the top five colleges outside the United States, we took the top five schools outside the country from each list and assigned each one points based on their position (1st place got 5 points while 5th got one). We then added the points gained from each list and sorted colleges based on these totals for a comprehensive list of the top five colleges outside the United States.

The List

5. University College London – University College London is a public research university located in London. It is the oldest and largest member college of the University of London as it was founded in 1826. The college has an enrollment of 21,620 students including 11,970 undergraduates. The college is organized into ten constituent faculties which are the faculties of arts and humanities, brain sciences, the built environment, engineering sciences, laws, life sciences, mathematical and physical sciences, medical sciences, population health sciences and social and historical sciences.

4. University of Tokyo – The University of Tokyo was founded in 1877 and it is a public (national) university in Japan. The university has around 30,000 students, approximately 2,100 of which are foreign. There are five campuses spread around the city of Tokyo. The university has faculties dedicated to the fields of agriculture, arts and sciences, education, engineering, law, letters, medicine and pharmaceutical sciences. The University of Tokyo has many notable alumni including seven Nobel Prize winners and fifteen Japanese prime ministers. It also has the largest amount of alumni listed as CEOs in the 500 largest international companies.

3. Imperial College London – Imperial College London is a public research university in the United Kingdom that was formerly a constituent college of the University of London, much like University College London. In 2007, it became a fully independent institution, celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding that same year. The school has around 13,000 full time students, of which 8,350 are undergraduates. The college specializes in business, engineering, medicine and science.

2. University of Oxford – The University of Oxford is a private university located in Oxford, United Kingdom. It is the second oldest surviving university in the entire world. The date of its foundation is unknown but there is evidence of teaching as early as the 11th century. The school has an enrollment of 20,330 students, 11,766 of which are undergraduates.

1. University of Cambridge – The University of Cambridge is a public research university located in Cambridge, United Kingdom. It was founded in 1209 making it the seventh oldest university in the world and the second oldest in the English-speaking world. The university has an enrollment of 18,396 students with 12,018 undergraduates.

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