Academic Ranking of World Universities

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

The Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) ranks the world's top colleges and universities. Every year, this list shows you which universities achieved high scores in the global rankings, helping students just like you decide where they ought to study if they want to attend one of the top universities in the world.

The table below shows this year’s rankings, as well as the rankings for the previous two years. There are other factors to keep in mind when you’re looking at universities, and you shouldn’t restrict yourself to these universities alone. But if you select one of the universities on this list, you can find more information about whether this university is the perfect fit for you.

Ranked Universities on MastersPortal

Universities Location 2015 2016 2017
Cambridge, MA, United States 1 1 1
Stanford, CA, United States 2 2 2
Cambridge, ENG, United Kingdom 5 4 3
Cambridge, MA, United States 3 5 4
Berkeley, CA, United States 4 3 5
Princeton, NJ, United States 6 6 6
Oxford, ENG, United Kingdom 10 7 7
New York City, NY, United States 8 9 8
Pasadena, CA, United States 7 8 9
Chicago, IL, United States 9 10 10
New Haven, CT, United States 11 11 11
Los Angeles, CA, United States 12 12 12
Seattle, WA, United States 15 15 13
Ithaca, NY, United States 13 13 14
San Diego, CA, United States 14 14 15
London, ENG, United Kingdom 18 17 16
Philadelphia, PA, United States 17 18 17
Baltimore, MD, United States 16 16 18
Zürich, Switzerland 20 92 19
Saint Louis, MO, United States 32 23 20
San Francisco, CA, United States 18 21 21
Evanston, IL, United States 27 26 22
Toronto, Canada 25 27 23
Tokyo, Japan 21 20 24
Ann Arbor, MI, United States 22 23 24
Durham, NC, United States 31 25 26
London, ENG, United Kingdom 23 22 27
Madison, WI, United States 24 28 28
New York City, NY, United States 27 29 29
Copenhagen, Denmark 35 30 30
Vancouver, Canada 40 34 31
Edinburgh, SCT, United Kingdom 47 41 32
Chapel Hill, NC, United States - - 33
Minneapolis, MN, United States - - 34
Kyoto, Japan 26 32 35
New York City, NY, United States 33 37 36
Urbana, IL, United States 29 30 37
Manchester, ENG, United Kingdom 41 35 38
Melbourne, Australia 44 40 39
Paris, France 36 39 40
Orsay, France 41 46 41
Heidelberg, Germany 46 47 42
Boulder, CO, United States 34 38 43
Stockholm, Sweden 48 44 44
Santa Barbara, CA, United States 38 42 45
London, ENG, United Kingdom 55 50 46
Utrecht, Netherlands 56 65 47
Beijing, China 101 58 48
Dallas, TX, United States 44 43 48
München, Germany 51 47 50
Austin, TX, United States 37 44 51
Nashville, TN, United States 53 60 52
College Park, MD, United States 43 52 53
Los Angeles, CA, United States 49 49 54
Brisbane, Australia 77 55 55
Helsinki, Finland 67 56 56
München, Germany 52 51 57
Zürich, Switzerland 54 54 58
Groningen, Netherlands 75 72 59
Genève, Switzerland 107 131 60
Bristol, ENG, United Kingdom 66 57 61
Oslo, Norway 58 67 62
Uppsala, Sweden 61 60 63
Irvine, CA, United States 50 58 64
Aarhus, Denmark 73 65 65
Hamilton, Canada 96 83 66
Québec, Canada 64 63 67
Pittsburgh, PA, United States - - 68
Paris, France 72 87 69
Gent, Belgium 71 62 69
Rochester, NY, United States 101 86 71
Beijing, China 101 71 71
Rotterdam, Netherlands 151 101 73
Houston, TX, United States 84 72 74
Stockholm, Sweden 77 81 74
Lausanne, Switzerland - - 76
West Lafayette, IN, United States 61 63 77
Melbourne, Australia 101 79 78
New Brunswick, NJ, United States 64 96 79
Boston, MA, United States 73 75 80
Pittsburgh, PA, United States 61 68 80
Columbus, OH, United States 67 79 80
Sydney, Australia 101 82 83
Nagoya, Japan 77 72 84
Atlanta, GA, United States 101 93 85
University Park, TX, United States 60 77 85
Davis, CA, United States 57 75 85
Leiden, Netherlands 82 93 88
Gainesville, FL, United States 83 90 88
Leuven, Belgium 90 93 90
Singapore, Singapore 101 83 91
Perth, Australia 87 96 91
Moscow, Russia 86 87 93
Haifa, Israel 77 69 93
Göttingen, Germany 101 101 95
Basel, Switzerland 87 101 95
Canberra, Australia 77 77 97
Santa Cruz, CA, United States 93 83 98
Cardiff, WLS, United Kingdom 151 101 99
Tucson, AZ, United States 90 101 99
Marseille, France - - 101
Tempe, AZ, United States 93 101 101
Houston, TX, United States - - 101
Providence, RI, United States 75 90 101
Cleveland, OH, United States 101 101 101
Druid Hills, GA, United States 101 101 101
Shanghai, China 151 101 101
Frankfurt am Main, Germany 101 101 101
New York City, NY, United States 101 101 101
Bloomington, IN, United States 101 101 101
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 151 101 101
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 151 101 101
Lund, Sweden 101 101 101
East Lansing, MI, United States 99 101 101
Singapore, Singapore 151 101 101
Trondheim, Norway 101 101 101
Osaka-shi, Japan 85 96 101
Nijmegen, Netherlands - - 101
Nijmegen, Netherlands - - 101
Seoul, South Korea 101 101 101
Shanghai, China 101 101 101
Paris, France 101 101 101
College Station, TX, United States 100 101 101
Jerusalem, Israel 67 87 101
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 151 101 101
Houston, TX, United States 101 96 101
Sendai, Japan 101 101 101
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium 151 151 101
Adelaide, Australia 151 101 101
Edmonton, Canada 101 101 101
Amsterdam, Netherlands 101 101 101
Bern, Switzerland 151 101 101
Birmingham, ENG, United Kingdom 101 101 101
Bonn, Germany 97 101 101
Freiburg, Germany 101 101 101
Glasgow, SCT, United Kingdom 101 151 101
Leeds, ENG, United Kingdom 101 101 101
Liverpool, ENG, United Kingdom - - 101
Sydney, Australia 101 101 101
Nottingham, ENG, United Kingdom 101 101 101
Rochester, NY, United States 101 101 101
Hefei, China - - 101
Sheffield, ENG, United Kingdom 101 101 101
Southampton, ENG, United Kingdom 101 101 101
Strasbourg, France - - 101
Salt Lake City, UT, United States 93 100 101
Coventry, ENG, United Kingdom 92 151 101
Amsterdam, Netherlands - - 101
Wageningen, Netherlands 101 101 101
Tel Aviv Yaffo, Israel 101 101 101
Hangzhou, China 101 101 101
Taichung, Taiwan 301 151 151
Sydney, Australia 201 201 151
Delft, Netherlands 201 151 151
Erlangen, Germany 201 151 151
Harbin, China 201 151 151
Sapporo, Japan 151 151 151
Brussels, Belgium - - 151
London, ENG, United Kingdom 101 151 151
Sydney, Australia 201 201 151
Taipei, Taiwan 151 151 151
Corvallis, OR, United States 151 151 151
London, ENG, United Kingdom 151 151 151
Roma, Italy 151 151 151
Chengdu, China 301 201 151
Paris, France 151 151 151
Guangzhou, China - - 151
Copenhagen, Denmark 101 151 151
Tel Aviv Yaffo, Israel 151 151 151
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 151 201 151
Exeter, ENG, United Kingdom 151 151 151
Iowa City, IA, United States 151 151 151
Tokyo, Japan 151 201 151
Dublin, Ireland 151 151 151
Dresden, Germany 201 151 151
Medford, MA, United States 101 101 151
Munster, Germany - - 151
Grenoble, France - - 151
Bordeaux, France 201 151 151
Calgary, Canada 201 201 151
Riverside, CA, United States 101 151 151
Newark, DE, United States 151 151 151
Göteborg, Sweden 151 151 151
Hamburg, Germany 151 201 151
Innsbruck, Austria 201 151 151
Kiel, Germany 151 151 151
Lausanne, Switzerland 201 201 151
Leipzig, Germany 201 151 151
Lisbon, Portugal 201 151 151
Amherst Center, MA, United States 101 151 151
Worcester, MA, United States 101 151 151
Miami, FL, United States 151 151 151
Montréal, Canada 101 151 151
Lincoln, NE, United States 201 201 151
Ottawa, Canada 201 201 151
Padua, Italy 151 151 151
São Paulo, Brazil 301 301 151
Tübingen, Germany 151 151 151
Vienna, Austria 151 151 151
Charlottesville, VA, United States 101 151 151
Würzburg, Germany 151 151 151
Aalborg, Denmark 301 201 201
Beijing, China 201 201 201
Göteborg, Sweden 301 201 201
Prague, Czech Republic 201 201 201
Kowloon, Hong Kong (SAR) 201 201 201
Fort Collins, CO, United States 201 201 201
Hanover, NH, United States 201 201 201
Geelong, Australia 301 201 201
Philadelphia, PA, United States 301 201 201
Durham, ENG, United Kingdom 201 201 201
Lyon, France 201 301 201
Tallahassee, FL, United States 201 201 201
Jena, Germany 401 301 201
Fairfax, VA, United States 151 201 201
Washington, D. C., DC, United States 301 301 201
Seoul, South Korea 301 301 201
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 201 201 201
Wuhan, China 201 201 201
Ames, IA, United States 151 201 201
Mainz, Germany 201 201 201
Karlsruhe, Germany 201 201 201
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia 301 201 201
Daejeon, South Korea 201 201 201
Seoul, South Korea - - 201
Stockholm, Sweden 201 201 201
Fukuoka, Japan 201 201 201
Linköping, Sweden 301 301 201
London, ENG, United Kingdom 301 151 201
Maastricht, Netherlands 201 201 201
Charleston, SC, United States 401 201 201
Vienna, Austria 201 201 201
Nanjing, China 401 401 201
Mexico City, Mexico - - 201
Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG, United Kingdom 201 301 201
Raleigh, NC, United States 151 201 201
Boston, MA, United States 201 201 201
Portland, OR, United States 151 151 201
Milano, Italy 201 201 201
Barcelona, Spain 201 301 201
Kingston, Canada 201 201 201
Brisbane, Australia 401 201 201
Bochum, Germany 301 201 201
Aachen, Germany 201 201 201
Taipei, Taiwan 401 201 201
Guangzhou, China 301 201 201
Nanjing, China 301 201 201
Stony Brook, NY, United States 201 201 201
Seoul, South Korea 201 151 201
Uppsala, Sweden 201 201 201
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) - - 201
Birmingham, AL, United States 201 201 201
Athens, GA, United States - - 201
Milano, Italy 151 201 201
San Antonio, TX, United States 301 301 201
Toulouse, France 201 201 201
Barcelona, Spain 151 151 201
Nancy, France - - 201
Lyon, France 201 201 201
Buffalo, NY, United States - - 201
Aberdeen, SCT, United Kingdom 201 201 201
Antwerpen, Belgium 301 201 201
Auckland, New Zealand 201 151 201
Belgrade, Serbia 301 201 201
Bergen, Norway 201 201 201
Bologna, Italy 201 201 201
Buenos Aires, Argentina 151 151 201
Köln, Germany 151 201 201
Dundee, SCT, United Kingdom 201 201 201
Chengdu, China 151 301 201
Granada, Spain 301 201 201
Honolulu, HI, United States 151 151 201
Houston, TX, United States 201 201 201
Chicago, IL, United States 151 201 201
Lawrence, KS, United States 201 201 201
Baltimore, MD, United States 401 301 201
Columbia, MO, United States 301 201 201
South Bend, IN, United States 201 201 201
Eugene, OR, United States 301 301 201
Pisa, Italy 151 201 201
Reading, ENG, United Kingdom 301 301 201
Tampa, FL, United States 201 201 201
Brighton, ENG, United Kingdom 151 201 201
Hobart, Australia 301 201 201
Knoxville, TN, United States 151 301 201
Richardson, TX, United States - - 201
Johannesburg, South Africa 201 201 201
Tsukuba, Japan 201 201 201
Turin, Italy 151 201 201
Ulm, Germany 301 201 201
Waterloo, Canada 201 201 201
London, Canada - - 201
Wollongong, Australia 201 301 201
York, ENG, United Kingdom 201 201 201
Richmond, VA, United States 151 201 201
Brussels, Belgium 201 201 201
Wuhan, China 301 401 201
Xi'an, China 201 151 201
New York City, NY, United States 201 201 201
Seoul, South Korea 201 201 201
Madrid, Spain 201 201 301
Beijing, China 301 301 301
Boston, MA, United States 401 301 301
Waltham, MA, United States 201 201 301
Provo, UT, United States 301 401 301
Beijing, China 401 401 301
Changsha, China 301 301 301
Taoyuan City, Taiwan 401 301 301
Chiba, Japan 301 301 301
Wuhan, China - 301 301
Halifax, Canada 201 301 301
Dalian, China 301 301 301
Shangyu, China 401 301 301
Eindhoven, Netherlands 301 201 301
Paris, France 301 301 301
Washington, D. C., DC, United States 201 301 301
Brisbane, Australia 301 301 301
Hannover, Germany - - 301
Düsseldorf, Germany - - 301
Hiroshima, Japan 401 - 301
Changde, China - - 301
Bangalore, India 301 301 301
Indianapolis, IN, United States 201 201 301
Townsville, Australia 301 201 301
Jilin City, China 201 201 301
Tokyo, Japan 301 301 301
Melbourne, Australia - 301 301
Lancaster, ENG, United Kingdom 301 - 301
Lanzhou, China 301 301 301
Ottawa, Canada - - 301
Baton Rouge, LA, United States 201 301 301
Halle, Germany 401 301 301
Tianjin, China 301 301 301
Athens, Greece 301 301 301
Tainan, Taiwan 301 401 301
Hsinchu, Taiwan 301 401 301
Hsinchu, Taiwan 201 301 301
Galway, Ireland - 301 301
Qinzhou, China - 401 301
Okayama, Japan 401 301 301
Namyangju, South Korea 301 201 301
Belfast, NIR, United Kingdom 301 301 301
Saint Louis, MO, United States 401 401 301
Saint Petersburg, Russia 301 301 301
Jinan, China 301 301 301
Melbourne, Australia 301 401 301
Philadelphia, PA, United States 301 301 301
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 301 301 301
São Paulo, Brazil - - 301
Albuquerque, NM, United States 201 201 301
Houston, TX, United States - - 301
Burlington, VT, United States 301 301 301
Tianjin, China - - 301
Shanghai, China 301 301 301
Roma, Italy 401 401 301
Umeå, Sweden 301 301 301
Madrid, Spain 201 301 301
Barcelona, Spain 201 301 301
Toulouse, France - - 301
Dublin, Ireland 301 301 301
Cape Town, South Africa 201 201 301
Orlando, FL, United States 301 401 301
Santiago, Chile 301 301 301
Cincinnati, OH, United States 201 201 301
Denver, CO, United States 301 301 301
Storrs, CT, United States 301 301 301
Norwich, ENG, United Kingdom 201 201 301
Joensuu, Finland 401 301 301
Florence, Italy 201 201 301
Guelph, Canada 201 301 301
Lexington, KY, United States 201 301 301
Leicester, ENG, United Kingdom 201 201 301
Liège, Belgium 201 301 301
Winnipeg, Canada 301 401 301
Milano, Italy 401 301 301
Naples, Italy 301 301 301
Newcastle, Australia - 301 301
Denton, TX, United States - 301 301
Dunedin, New Zealand 201 301 301
Pavia, Italy 401 301 301
Porto, Portugal 301 301 301
Santiago de Compostela, Spain 401 301 301
Saskatoon, Canada 301 401 301
Columbia, SC, United States 201 301 301
Odense, Denmark 201 301 301
St Andrews, SCT, United Kingdom 301 301 301
Stuttgart, Germany 201 401 301
Guildford, ENG, United Kingdom 401 401 301
Tartu, Estonia - 401 301
Sydney, Australia 301 301 301
Tehran, Iran - 301 301
Enschede, Netherlands - - 301
Victoria, Canada 201 201 301
Warsaw, Poland 301 401 301
Paris, France - - 301
Wellington, New Zealand - 301 301
Blacksburg, VA, United States 201 301 301
Detroit, MI, United States 301 301 301
Sydney, Australia - 301 301
Xiamen, China 301 201 301
Helsinki, Finland 401 401 401
Azadshahr, Iran - 401 401
Thessaloníki, Greece 401 401 401
Bangor, WLS, United Kingdom - 401 401
Ramat Gan, Israel 401 - 401
Beersheba, Israel 401 401 401
Bielefeld, Germany 401 401 401
London, ENG, United Kingdom 401 401 401
Cairo, Egypt 401 401 401
Beijing, China 301 301 401
Bangkok, Thailand - - 401
Montréal, Canada - - 401
Darmstadt, Germany 401 401 401
Shanghai, China - - 401
Seoul, South Korea 401 401 401
Palaiseau, France - 301 401
Belo Oriente, Brazil 401 301 401
Rio Grande, Brazil 401 401 401
Adelaide, Australia 301 301 401
University Park, FL, United States 401 401 401
Jinju, South Korea - - 401
Harbin, China - - 401
Edinburgh, SCT, United Kingdom - - 401
Wuhan, China - - 401
Istanbul, Turkey 401 401 401
Kraków, Poland 301 401 401
Kaohsiung City, Taiwan - 401 401
Kent, OH, United States - - 401
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia 401 301 401
Kobe, Japan 301 401 401
Seoul, South Korea 301 301 401
Daegu, South Korea 401 - 401
Hannover, Germany 401 401 401
Paris, France 401 401 401
Nanjing, China - - 401
Nanjing, China - 401 401
Nanjing, China - - 401
Nanjing, China - - 401
Athens, Greece - - 401
Las Cruces, NM, United States - - 401
Shenyang, China - - 401
Xi'an, China - - 401
Novosibirsk, Russia - 401 401
Stillwater, OK, United States 401 401 401
Osaka-shi, Japan - 401 401
Beijing, China 401 401 401
Marburg, Germany 201 301 401
Valencia, Spain 301 301 401
Santiago, Chile - - 401
Melbourne, Australia - 401 401
Chicago, IL, United States 401 301 401
Burnaby, Canada 201 401 401
Stellenbosch, South Africa 401 401 401
Stockholm, Sweden 401 401 401
New York City, NY, United States 301 401 401
Missoula, MT, United States 301 401 401
Durham, NC, United States 301 - 401
Galveston, TX, United States 401 401 401
Tokushima, Japan 401 - 401
Tokyo, Japan - 401 401
Berlin, Germany 301 301 401
Ulsan, South Korea - - 401
Campinas, Brazil 301 401 401
Aveiro, Portugal - 401 401
Castellón de la Plana, Spain - - 401
Fribourg, Switzerland - 301 401
Nice, France 401 401 401
George Town, Malaysia 401 401 401
Albany, NY, United States 301 401 401
Bayreuth, Germany 401 401 401
Bremen, Germany 401 401 401
Christchurch, New Zealand - 301 401
Coimbra, Portugal 401 401 401
Ferrara, Italy 401 401 401
Reykjavik, Iceland - - 401
Johannesburg, South Africa - - 401
Konstanz, Germany 401 401 401
Durban, South Africa 401 401 401
Ljubljana, Slovenia 401 401 401
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 301 401 401
Braga, Portugal - 401 401
Norman, OK, United States 401 - 401
Oulu, Finland 301 401 401
Palermo, Italy 401 401 401
Potsdam, Germany - 401 401
Regensburg, Germany 401 401 401
Rostock, Germany 401 401 401
Arlington, TX, United States - - 401
Bilbao, Spain 401 401 401
Trieste, Italy 401 - 401
Turku, Finland 301 401 401
Valencia, Spain 301 401 401
Wyoming, OH, United States 301 401 401
Vienna, Austria 401 401 401
Milano, Italy - 401 401
Pullman, WA, United States 301 401 401
Morgantown, WV, United States - - 401
Wuhan, China - - 401
Minneapolis, MN, United States 30 33 -
Waco, TX, United States 101 101 -
Nijmegen, Netherlands 101 101 -
Münster, Germany 101 101 -
Strasbourg, France 87 101 -
Ensenada, Mexico 201 151 -
Seoul, South Korea 201 151 -
Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 401 151 -
Grenoble, France 151 151 -
Atlanta, GA, United States 151 201 -
Toulouse, France 201 201 -
Nancy, France 201 201 -
Seoul, South Korea 401 301 -
Hannover, Germany 301 301 -
Gießen, Germany 301 301 -
Kowloon, Hong Kong (SAR) 301 301 -
Richardson, TX, United States 301 301 -
Barcelona, Spain 401 301 -
Buffalo, NY, United States 201 301 -
Bath, ENG, United Kingdom 401 301 -
Québec, Canada 401 301 -
Enschede, Netherlands 301 301 -
Beijing, China - 401 -
Shanghai, China - 401 -
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) - 401 -
Changsha, China - 401 -
Graz, Austria 401 401 -
Changchun, China - 401 -
Busan, South Korea 401 401 -
Troy, NY, United States 301 401 -
London, ENG, United Kingdom - 401 -
San Diego, CA, United States 301 401 -
Pisa, Italy 301 401 -
Lubbock, TX, United States 401 401 -
Tarragona, Spain - 401 -
Versailles, France - 401 -
Fairbanks, AK, United States 401 401 -
Parma, Italy 401 401 -
Fisciano, Italy - 401 -
Zagreb, Croatia - 401 -
Logan, UT, United States 401 401 -
Winston-Salem, NC, United States 401 401 -
Tokyo, Japan - 401 -
Tehran, Iran 201 - -
New Orleans, LA, United States 301 - -
Essen, Germany 301 - -
Auburn, AL, United States 401 - -
Braunschweig, Germany 401 - -
Ottawa, Canada 401 - -
Clemson, SC, United States 401 - -
Budapest, Hungary 401 - -
Kanazawa, Japan 401 - -
Manhattan, KS, United States 401 - -
Nara, Japan 401 - -
Tehran, Iran 401 - -
Brooklyn, NY, United States 401 - -
Syracuse, NY, United States 401 - -
Tokyo, Japan 401 - -
Milano, Italy 401 - -
Cork, Ireland 401 - -
Little Rock, AR, United States 401 - -
Fayetteville, AR, United States 401 - -
Colchester, ENG, United Kingdom 401 - -
Genoa, Italy 401 - -
Jyväskylä, Finland 401 - -
Rennes, France 401 - -
Kingston, RI, United States 401 - -
Sevilla, Spain 401 - -
Szeged, Hungary 401 - -
Zaragoza, Spain 401 - -

How to Use University Rankings?

The full ranking is available on Academic Ranking of World Universities

Shanghai ARWU ranks universities based on different qualities. The look at the number of award-winning (Fields Medals and Nobel Prize) scientists are located there, how much of their research is cited and referenced around the world, and how much they've contributed to different academic fields. After calculating and comparing these criteria, ARWU ranks the universities accordingly.