Times Higher Education Top 50 Universities in the World 2021


Note: Spivey Consulting Group does not endorse these rankings, and we have posted extensively about the value rankings do and do not have in the past (some examples here, here, and here). For personalized law school rankings based on your own preferences and priorities, check out our free online custom rankings tool My Rank.

(1) University of Oxford (United Kingdom)

(2) Stanford University (United States)

(3) Harvard University (United States)

(4) California Institute of Technology

(5) Massachusetts Institute of Technology

(6) University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

(7) University of California, Berkeley (United States)

(8) Yale University (United States)

(9) Princeton University (United States)

(10) University of Chicago (United States)

(11) Imperial College London (United Kingdom)

(12) Johns Hopkins University (United States)

(13) University of Pennsylvania (United States)

(14) ETH Zurich (Switzerland)

(15) University of California, Los Angeles (United States)

(16) UCL (United Kingdom)

(17) Columbia University (United States)

(18) University of Toronto (Canada)

(19) Cornell University (United States)

(20) Tsinghua University (China)

(20) Duke University (United States)

(22) University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

(23) Peking University (China)

(24) Northwestern University (United States)

(25) National University of Singapore

(26) New York University (United States)

(27) London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom)

(28) Carnegie Mellon University (United States)

(29) University of Washington (United States)

(30) University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)

(31) University of Melbourne (Australia)

(32) LMU Munich (Germany)

(33) University of California, San Diego (United States)

(34) University of British Columbia (Canada)

(35) King's College London (United Kingdom)

(36) Karolinska Institute (Sweden)

(36) University of Tokyo (Japan)

(38) Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)

(39) University of Hong Kong

(40) McGill University (Canada)

(41) Technical University of Munich (Germany)

(42) Heidelberg University (Germany)

(43) Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland)

(44) University of Texas at Austin (United States)

(45) KU Leuven (Belgium)

(46) Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris (France)

(47) Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

(48) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)

(49) University of Wisconsin–Madison (United States)

(50) Washington University in St. Louis (United States)

See Times Higher Education's methodology here.