ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019 Press Release


Source: Graduate School of Education (formerly the Institute of Higher Education) of Shanghai Jiao Tong University

The 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is released today by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. Since 2003, ARWU has been presenting the world Top 500 universities annually based on transparent methodology and objective third-party data. It has been recognized as the precursor of global university rankings and the most trustworthy one. This year, the best 1000 universities in the world are published.

Harvard University tops the ranking list for the 17th year. Stanford University and University of Cambridge remain to be the No. 2 and No. 3 respectively. Other Top 10 universities are MIT, Berkeley, Princeton, Oxford, Columbia, Caltech and Chicago. In Continental Europe, ETH Zurich (19th) continues to be the best ranked university, and University of Copenhagen (26th) takes the second place. The University of Tokyo (25th) and Kyoto University (32nd) keep their leading positions in Asia. Tsinghua University (43rd) is ranked the third among Asian universities. The University of Melbourne (41st) tops other universities in Oceania.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University (82nd) and The University of New South Wales (94th) make their first ever appearance in the Top 100. Shenzhen University and other 13 universities enter into the Top 500 list for the first time. More than 50 universities enter into Top 1000 list for the first time.

TOP 50 Universities in ARWU 2019

Rank 2019Rank 2018InstitutionCountry
11Harvard UniversityUnited States
22Stanford UniversityUnited States
33University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom
44Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)United States
55University of California, BerkeleyUnited States
66Princeton UniversityUnited States
77University of OxfordUnited Kingdom
88Columbia UniversityUnited States
99California Institute of TechnologyUnited States
1010University of ChicagoUnited States
1111University of California, Los AngelesUnited States
1112Yale UniversityUnited States
1312Cornell UniversityUnited States
1414University of WashingtonUnited States
1517University College LondonUnited Kingdom
1618Johns Hopkins UniversityUnited States
1716University of PennsylvaniaUnited States
1815University of California, San DiegoUnited States
1919Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ZurichSwitzerland
2021University of California, San FranciscoUnited States
2027University of Michigan-Ann ArborUnited States
2220Washington University in St. LouisUnited States
2324Imperial College LondonUnited Kingdom
2423University of TorontoCanada
2522The University of TokyoJapan
2629University of CopenhagenDenmark
2728University of Wisconsin – MadisonUnited States
2826Duke UniversityUnited States
2925Northwestern UniversityUnited States
3032New York UniversityUnited States
3132The University of EdinburghUnited Kingdom
3235Kyoto UniversityJapan
3334The University of ManchesterUnited Kingdom
3330University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUnited States
3530Rockefeller UniversityUnited States
3543University of British ColumbiaCanada
3742University of Paris-Sud (Paris 11)France
3844Karolinska InstituteSweden
3838University of Colorado at BoulderUnited States
3841University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUnited States
4138The University of MelbourneAustralia
4137University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesUnited States
4345Tsinghua UniversityChina
4436Sorbonne UniversityFrance
4540The University of Texas at AustinUnited States
4651University of Maryland, College ParkUnited States
4747Heidelberg UniversityGermany
4846University of California, Santa BarbaraUnited States
4948The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at DallasUnited States
4951Utrecht UniversityNetherlands

Universities from the United States dominates this year’s Top 1000 list with 8 universities among the Top 10, 45 among the Top 100, 137 among the Top 500 and 206 among the Top 1000. China has 154 universities ranked in Top 1000, among which 66 are in Top 500, 4 are in Top 100. United Kingdom has 61 Top 1000 universities, and 36 of them are listed in Top 500, 8 are listed in Top 100.

The complete list and detailed methodologies can be found at ShanghaiRanking’s website

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU): Starting from 2003, ARWU has been presenting the world Top 500 universities annually based on a set of objective indicators and third-party data. ARWU has been recognized as the precursor of global university rankings and the most trustworthy league table. ARWU adopts six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, the number of Highly Cited Researchers and the number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index – Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index produced by Web of Science Group, and per capita performance. About 1800 universities are actually ranked by ARWU every year and the best 1000 universities are published.

ShanghaiRanking Consultancy: ShanghaiRanking Consultancy is a fully independent organization dedicating to research on higher education intelligence and consultation. It has been the official publisher of the Academic Ranking of World Universities since 2009.