There are 1,904 institutions from 108 regions and countries represented in the 2024 edition of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The new WUR 3.0 approach used to compile this table comprises 18 finely tuned performance indicators that evaluate a school’s effectiveness in five key areas: education, research, innovation, and global engagement.

This year’s ranking used the opinions of 68,402 academics from all across the world, as well as the results of an analysis of more than 134 million citations across 16.5 million research articles. There were over 2,673 participating institutions, yielding a total of 411,789 data points.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024

RankingUniversity NameInternational students
1University of Oxford42%
2Stanford University23%
3Massachusetts Institute of Technology33%
4Harvard University25%
5University of Cambridge38%
6Princeton University23%
7California Institute of Technology33%
8California Institute of Technology61%
9University of California, Berkeley22%
10Yale University21%
11ETH Zurich43%
12Tsinghua University10%
13The University of Chicago33%
14Peking University14%
15Johns Hopkins University28%
16University of Pennsylvania22%
17Columbia University35%
18University of California, Los Angeles15%
19National University of Singapore24%
20Cornell University24%
21University of Toronto27%
22University College London (UCL)61%
23University of Michigan-Ann Arbor16%
24Carnegie Mellon University44%
25University of Washington16%

Students, faculty, governance, and industry experts all over the world rely on the 2024 ranking to demonstrate how the global higher education scene is changing.

While Oxford is at the top for the eighth year running, the order of the other four universities in the top five has changed. Harvard was previously holding the #4 spot, and Stanford is now at #2.

This year, MIT moves up two spots to third place, after Stanford and Harvard. After finishing tied for third the previous year, Cambridge University now finds itself in fifth.

The United States has the most total institutions represented (169), as well as the most institutions in the top 200 (56). India has surpassed China to become the country with the fourth-most institutions represented, with a total of 91.

All four of the new countries on this list are located in Europe. When compared to the pattern of the previous year, when all new members were located in Africa, the inclusion of Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, and Armenia stands out.

When it comes to education, Stanford University ranks first, whereas Oxford and Cambridge lead in terms of research facilities. MIT ranks top in the research quality pillar, formerly known as the citations pillar.

The final table includes 1,904 ranked institutions and an additional 769 universities with “reporter” status, which indicates that these schools contributed data but did not qualify for a rank but consented to being displayed as reporters anyway.