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MIT Named the Top University in the World

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MIT_aerialEarlier this year, U.S. News & World Report ranked MIT among the best graduate schools in the United States, including best engineering school for the 28th consecutive year. And now MIT has extended its top rank to entire world: The QS World University Rankings named MIT the world’s top university for the 4th consecutive year, and placed the Institute in the top spot in 11 other categories.

The QS World University Rankings are annual global report published by Quacquarelli Symonds, an organization specializing in education and study abroad, and their ranking system relies heavily on academic reputation garnered from a global survey. In addition to its 12 first-place rankings, MIT placed in the top 10 in 10 additional categories:

  • World University: 1st
  • Accounting and Finance: 2nd
  • Architecture: 1st
  • Art and Design: 2nd
  • Biological Science: 3rd
  • Business and Management Studies: 6th
  • Chemical Engineering: 1st
  • Chemistry: 1st
  • Civil and Structural Engineering: 1st
  • Computer Science and Information Systems: 1st
  • Earth and Marine Science: 4th
  • Economics: 1st
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering: 1st
  • Engineering—Mineral and Mining: 2nd
  • Environmental Studies: 3rd
  • Linguistics: 1st
  • Material Science: 1st
  • Mathematics: 3rd
  • Philosophy: 10th
  • Physics and Astronomy: 1st
  • Psychology: 9th
  • Statistical and Operational Research: 1st
The QS World University Rankings methodology consists of six categories: academic peer review (40 percent); faculty/student ratio (20); citations per faculty (20); employer reputation (10); international student ratio (5); and international staff ratio (5). According to QS, MIT earned perfect scores in academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, international faculty, and citations per faculty.

Last year, MIT ranked high in U.S. News & World’s undergraduate U.S. rankings, placing MIT first in 12 categories, including Best Undergraduate Engineering Program, and in the top five in seven more, including Best Undergraduate Business Program (2nd) and Most Innovative School (3rd).

Read a Slice of MIT article from August 2015 to see where MIT ranks in the more untraditional categories, including Most Intense College and Smartest Students. Share your thoughts on the college rankings hysteria in the comments below, or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Prayag Mehar K…

Fri, 04/15/2016 12:14pm

I just want to be in MIT

Antonio Cervelli

Fri, 04/15/2016 3:49pm

What about Mechanical Engineering???

A Hasani

Sun, 04/16/2017 10:06pm

How does MIT rank in Aerospace/Aeronautical engineering?

Toni Ferreira

Fri, 04/15/2016 4:17pm

Was just asking myself the same thing. We've been #1 in ME for years now...

In reply to by Antonio Cervelli

Rodolfo Andrade

Wed, 05/25/2016 12:34pm

Class 1952. course I retired, succesful contractor, Thank you MIT

Brandon Rigney

Thu, 04/28/2016 4:32pm

Response to Ricardo Roque about ETH Zurich being cheaper:

There is no free lunch anywhere. If the education is less expensive in Zurich, it is because someone is paying for such high quality, not the student by paying tuition. I don't know if Switzerland is that much of a socialist country with extremely high taxes to subsidize colleges, but I do know that anything of quality anywhere in the world is paid for by someone with money, or a lot of people paying taxes.

When I entered MIT in 1949, we were told that the tuition costs we paid represented less than one-third of the actual costs. The rest came from endowments. I think the case is the same now, although I suspect that subsidies from scholarships make up a larger percentage today than they did 65 years ago.

Ricardo Roque

Thu, 04/28/2016 3:26pm

Folks, I think this USA university hysteria is both nice but irrational, especially if you are a foreigner. Well, just think about that ETH Zurich is #1 in Marine #2 Chemistry #5 Engineering and you pay 1'200 USD a year. At MIT, Stanford, Caltech, Oxford, well, we all know it, it can go 40-50x the tuition!!! Lol, it's like buying a Adidas shoes for 10 and the same but Nike for 500 lol. ETH Zurich, best school in the world!

Val Ivanov

Fri, 04/22/2016 5:25pm

MIT rocks.
There is simply no match in curiosity, drive, diversity of personalities... intellectual craziness! Happy to hear it will continue to draw the best. Wish I could re-live the moments.

CEE, 2006

Brandon Rigney

Thu, 04/21/2016 7:15pm

I had such a wonderful four years there a long time ago, when I was very young, impressionable and hopeful.

I lived in a great fraternity house and my life was criss-crossed by many wonderful friends of varying personalities, all of which were unique, like our school.

It is great to see the Institute reaching new heights in the eyes of the world, and to understand why so many people want to join us as graduates.


Tue, 04/19/2016 8:02pm

I want study in civil structure rngineering plz prosess

Iyabode Attah

Sun, 04/17/2016 11:06pm

You can be if you are outstanding in all areas, even if you can't afford the fees. But you must be ready to work hard! My first son graduated in 2015 and second is a Junior. I know someone who has just been admitted and he will be attending at a very high discount! A hard & fun place to be!

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jose de moreira

Mon, 04/18/2016 9:56am

I need representation my invention milhionaria

jose de moreira

Mon, 04/18/2016 9:54am

I have very invention i need representation

Josephine Olle…

Sat, 04/16/2016 12:19am

Thank you MIT for my education I wish I were still there.

Josephine Oller-Holzmacher (Adams)
Advanced Master Architecture 1980

Deon Michelle …

Fri, 04/15/2016 2:22pm

It is a pleasure to learn from MIT's faculty. Thank you for sharing your knowledge base. I truly appreciate Dr. Peter Hirst's efforts to make available pertinent material on a consistent basis.

Sai Krishna D

Fri, 04/15/2016 12:52pm

Congratulations! Great to see MIT in the first place, and crossed Stanford, Harvard, and Oxford! Keep it up!

Thank yoU!

Prayag Mehar K…

Fri, 04/15/2016 12:14pm

I want to study in MIT


Wed, 07/05/2017 3:05am

Does you know the Gmail of MIT

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