Rankings Links & Information
Note: While these sites may contain information of value to you, the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign do not endorse the sites or the information they contain. For more information and current research on rankings, we encourage you to read some of the articles listed in our College Rankings Bibliography and to see our Caution and Controversy page. For questions or comments, please contact Nancy O'Brien.
Academic Ranking of World Universities
Methodology: This site offers an explanation of its methods on a page titled Ranking Methodology.
This site, created by the Institute of Higher Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, ranks the top universities throughout the world. The site also narrows the ratings further, creating lists for the top 100 universities in America, Europe, and Asia. The rankings are based solely on academic or research performance, using five criteria: the number of nobel laureates, highly cited researchers, articles published in Nature and Science, articles in Science Citation Index-expanded and Social Science Citation Index, and academic performance per faculty at each university.
Methodology: This site offers an explanation of its rankings on the opening page.
This site, in German with English in places, offers recent rankings of business schools and leading MBA programs in Germany. There are several rankings including one based on a survey of 13,000 students focussing on several qualities including: Quality of professors in teaching; Support for students by professors; Quality and actuality of library; Quality and availability of IT; Amount and quality of student activities; Usefulness in practice; Internationality; and Cooperation of school with corporations. There are also links to further information.
Business Week Best B-Schools
Methodology: This site offers an explanation of its methods on a page titled How We Ranked the Schools.
Business Week offers its business school rankings, including the Best International B-Schools, at this site. Anyone can view the basic list on the opening page, but you must register with Business Week (for free) to view the schools' full profiles. Historical data 2006 through the present is provided free at Best Undergraduate B-Schools Ranking History.
Financial Times Global MBA Rankings
Methodology: This site offers an explanation of its rankings at The global MBA ranking decoded
Based on surveys completed by both school officials and alumni, the Financial Times of London ranking of MBA programs offers its assessment of the top 100 MBA programs in the world. The rankings are based on relative status in three broad areas: value, diversity, and research. The main component considered as a measure of value is alumni salary. Diversity of faculty and students and availability and use of international opportunities are taken as important measures of a program's diversity. A program's research ranking is measured by the amount of publications in forty international and practitioner journals. In addition to listing the top programs worldwide, the rankings are broken down further to identify the top programs in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Asia and Australia. This site also contains an archive of past rankings.
4 International Colleges and Universities Rankings
Methodology: According to 4ICU, "The ranking is based upon an algorithm including three unbiased and independent web metrics: Google Page Rank, total number of inbound links and Alexa Traffic Rank." For more information see their About Us page.
Located in Australia, this site ranks the top 200 colleges and universities around the globe based on their websites' popularity and usage; it does not measure the schools or their programs by quality of education or services. The site offers rankings by worldwide and geographic region. It provides user-created profiles for each school listed, but note the site recommends visiting the institution's websites for updated/accurate information.
Guardian's Guide to Universities
Methodology: See How to Use the Guardian University Guide.
This site ranks universities in several different subject areas (e.g. Art and Design, Engineering, Medical Sciences). While heavily UK-oriented, the rankings include listings for schools in the US, Canada and Germany. The Guardian's main education site includes subject-oriented news items and much more.
IHEP Ranking Systems
Methodology: This site does not create its own rankings.
The Institute for Higher Education Policy's (IHEP) Ranking Systems Clearinghouse provides a road map of the complex rankings landscape, offering annotated links to national and international ranking systems and to research about rankings world-wide. The Clearinghouse is funded by Lumina Foundation for Education as part of a larger IHEP initiative to understand how rankings impact decision-making at the institutional and policy levels, the New Agenda for College and University Rankings.
Leiden University Ranking
Methodology: The rankings are ordered based on the evaluation of citations from Thomson Reuters' Web of Science, as explained on the site's Methodology page.
These 2013 rankings from the Centre for Science and Technology Studies of Leiden University offer ratings for an international list of universities and a list of European Universities. The site offers results for a variety of rating methods in each category.
Maclean's Universities Ranking
Methodology: This site offers an explanation of its methodology here.
This site contains information on the Maclean's annual study of Canadian institutions of higher education. Rankings are provided for three groups of institutions: medical-doctoral (broad range of PhD programs and focus on research), comprehensive (significant research activity and wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs), and those focusing primarily on undergraduate education. The schools are evaluated in many areas, including faculty, classes, finances, libraries, reputation, and student body. The complete rankings, including the rankings results, can be located through EBSCO (UIUC affiliates only) by searching for the title: OUR 22ND ANNUAL RANKINGS. Maclean's also offers a free Personalized University Ranking Tool.
METU University Ranking by Academic
Methodology: Ranking criteria can be viewed on their Methodology page.
Developed by the Middle East Technical University, the University Ranking by Academic Performance site offers rankings for 2000 universities around the world. Universities and their rankings are also searchable through an interactive global map.
QS World University Rankings
Methodology: The methodology for this ranking can be found on the WUR Methodology page.
QS ranks the top universities across the globe. The Top 300 world universities are free to view, with over 700 total evaluated. Each university in the rankings links a brief school description and statistics.
Methodology: This site offers an explanation of its methods on a page titled Methodology.
First appearing in 2014, U-Multirank takes a multi-dimensional and user-driven approach to interfacing with international-rankings data from institutions of higher education around the world. The project is backed by the European Union and involves a consortium of groups led by the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies in the Netherlands, the Centre for Higher Education Development in Germany, and others. The goal of the site is, within an international context, to mirror the variety of institutions of higher education and the range of factors in achievement and excellence they display. At present, coverage spans more than 850 institutions, 1200 faculties, and 5000 programs of study from 70 countries worldwide. It includes whole-institution rankings as well as field-specific rankings for physics, electrical and mechanical engineering, and business studies. More subjects are expected to be added in the coming years.
Groningen's Ranking of Research Universities
Methodology: The home page offers a Methodology section for an explanation of its rankings.
This site, focused on evaluating research universities, offers a Global top 100 ranking.
Webometrics: Ranking of World Universities
Methodology: This site offers an explanation of its Methodology page.
This site ranks academic web sites rather than the institutions. According to the site, "Webometric indicators are provided to show the commitment of the institutions to Web publication and to the worldwide Open Access to knowledge. The rankings should not be used for comparison purposes nor for choosing University. ... The ranking is based on a combined indicator that takes into consideration the volume of the published material on the web, and the visibility and impact of these webpages measured by the sitations (site citations) or links they received (inlinks). It is derived from the Web Impact Factor."
Asiaweek: Best Universities 2000
Methodology: This site no longer offers an explanation of its rankings. To review the methodology for the 1999 rankings, see About the Rankings.
(Please note: we have recently been informed that Asiaweek will no longer be publishing their annual rankings. We will continue to link to the site as long as it is relevant.)
The third Asiaweek annual survey of Asia's top universities is a refinement of previous versions and offers separate rankings of multidisciplinary schools and science and technology schools. Seventy-nine multidisciplinary universities are ranked, led by Tohuku University, and thirty-five science and technology schools are listed, topped by the Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology. All of the schools are judged by five criteria; academic reputation, student selectivity, faculty resources, research output, and financial resources.
Methodology: The ranking methodology is viewable only to registered users.
The Higher Education Review analyzes and ranks 80 Chinese universities based on available public data. Schools included are either comprehensive or engineering and technology universities.
Korean Council for University Education
Methodology: "The report and rankings were based on the University General Assessment, a series of inspections carried out in 2004."
The World Education News and Reviews shares Korean University rankings from 2005 published by the Korean Council for University Education. In addition to overall rankings, the article offers the top 5, or less, ranked Korean universities in mechanical engineering, biology and biotech, and communications.
World Education News & Reviews’s
Japanese University Rankings
Methodology: This site only compiles already published university rankings.
WENR gathered a variety of published Japanese university rankings onto one page. The data collected ranges from 1999 to 2006.
Erasm.us Student Reviews and Rankings
Methodology: Students review exchange programs, universities, and cities.
This site provides a resource for students participating in the European student exchange program, ERASMUS, to evaluate their exchange experience and others to learn about others’ experiences. Rankings for the highest rating, cheapest places, and more are also available on the main page.
German University Ranking
Methodology: This site offers an explanation of its rankings in a page entitled About the Ranking.
This comprehensive site offers an assessment of German universities. Rather than offering numerical rankings, schools are given a score of top, middle, and bottom for academic subject areas. Each university is examined and compared using five broad criteria: professor recommendation, student opinion, equipment, research, and duration of study. In addition, the site contains detailed descriptions of each university ranked as well as the opportunity to customize the rankings to fit personal criteria and needs. You will need to register to view the rankings, but registration is free.
Research Assessment Exercise 2008: the outcome
Methodology: The site offers an explanation of its methodology at the About the RAE 2008 page
This site contains the results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, conducted jointly by the four higher education funding bodies in the UK: The Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, and the Department for Employment and Learning - Northern Ireland. University programs in a variety of subjects were awarded a ranking from 1 to 5 based solely on research quality.
Zeit Online’s CHE Excellence Ranking
Methodology: Viewable in the About section.
This site evaluates a select group of European universities through institutional and student surveys. Universities aren’t ranked as much as they only provide information for what they determine to be high-quality programs. The universities are searchable by subject and country.