QS ranks MIT the world’s No. 1 university for 2020-21

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Ranked at the top for the ninth straight year, the Institute also places first in 12 subject areas.


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MIT has again been named the world’s top university by the QS World University Rankings, which were announced today. This is the ninth year in a row MIT has received this distinction.

The full 2019-20 rankings — published by Quacquarelli Symonds, an organization specializing in education and study abroad — can be found at topuniversities.com. The QS rankings were based on academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, student-to-faculty ratio, proportion of international faculty, and proportion of international students. MIT earned a perfect overall score of 100.

MIT was also ranked the world’s top university in 12 of the subject areas ranked by QS,

as announced in March of this year.

The Institute received a No. 1 ranking in the following QS subject areas: Architecture/Built Environment; Chemistry; Computer Science and Information Systems; Chemical Engineering; Civil and Structural Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering; Linguistics; Materials Science; Mathematics; Physics and Astronomy; and Statistics and Operational Research.

MIT also placed second in five subject areas: Accounting and Finance; Biological Sciences; Earth and Marine Sciences; Economics and Econometrics; and Environmental Sciences.


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