University is a great place to learn and to grow as a person, and it’s also the place where many of us will spend some of the happiest days of our lives. While any University experience is a good one though, there is a certain prestige associated with some of them, and there are countless league tables keeping track. Here we will look at the top 10 universities in the world.
10. Princeton University
Princeton University is one of the top 10 universities in the world and has produced 32 noble laureates despite being one of the smaller private Ivy League universities with only 5,000 undergraduates.
9. University of Chicago
Chicago is unusual for having more postgraduates than it does undergraduates (around 9,000 and 5,000 respectively) which reflects its focus on ‘advanced’ academia. Birthplace to the first man-made self-sustained nuclear reaction.
8. Imperial College London
Imperial College London has a firm emphasis on research and has faculties for medicine, engineering, science and business to this end. It was created as part of the University of London, but became independent in 2007 making it a young entry on the top 10 universities in the world.
7. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Who wouldn’t want to go to University in California? At the same time it’s an impressive University in terms of its alumni (thirty one Nobel prizes), its connections to Hollywood, and Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory which resides there. Certainly one of the top 10 universities in the world.
6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
MIT is another household name University and has produced 73 Nobel laureates in 150 years. What makes this even better news for undergraduates is the fact that eight of those laureates are still teachers there.
5. UCL (University College London)
Known the world over, UCL was described by the Times as an ‘intellectual powerhouse’. Focused primarily on research it gave birth to another of the top 10 universities in the world on this list.
4. University of Oxford
Oxford has beautiful and historic grounds and was used for many scenes in Harry Potter. One of the first Universities as we know them, it has helped to create 26 Prime Ministers and 30+ world leaders outside of the UK making it one of the top 10 universities in the world.
3. Yale University
The third oldest university in the America with an endowment of 16.3 billion dollars. Yale has produced five US presidents and created the idea of residential colleges and mascots – used by others among the top 10 universities in the world.
2. Harvard University
Harvard is the oldest University in the US dating back to 1636 giving it a rich history. With impressive financing and a staff of around 2,100 it has produced 43 Nobel Laureates and countless celebrities and politicians. Recent alumni include Mark Zuckerberg.
1. University of Cambridge
Alumni include Isaac Newton – famous for his discovery of gravity (and the invention of the cat flap); Turing for his part in developing the computer; Rutherford for splitting the atom and Charles Darwin. Founded in 1209 its history spans centuries making it number one on our list of top 10 universities in the world.