Earlier 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.