Thursday, August 23, 2012

Best American and Canadian Universities in Academic Reputation and Research Performance

The United States has a total of 2,774 4-year degree granting institutions (source).

The range in quality of these institutions is astonishingly large.

The top 113 (4%) among the 2774, according to Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2011-2012 (source), are listed below.

(Even the very best of US liberal arts colleges, such as Williams College, Swarthmore College, and Wellesley College, fail to make the THE list, due to their low research profile. See here for a ranking of US liberal arts colleges.)

The bottom 50 US universities ("dropout factories") ranked by graduation rates can be found at the end of this post.


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THE (Times Higher Education) List of the top 131 Universities in North America  (113 in USA, 18 in Canada)

The number preceding a university's name is its world ranking. Canadian universities are marked with [Canada].

* marks a university not on the ARWU lists below.


1    California Institute of Technology
=2  Harvard University
=2  Stanford University
5    Princeton University
7    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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9    University of Chicago
10  University of California Berkeley
11  Yale University
12  Columbia University
13  University of California Los Angeles
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14  Johns Hopkins University
16  University of Pennsylvania
18  University of Michigan
19  University of Toronto  [Canada]
20  Cornell University
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21  Carnegie Mellon University
=22  University of British Columbia  [Canada]
=22  Duke University
24  Georgia Institute of Technology
25  University of Washington
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26  Northwestern University
27  University of Wisconsin-Madison
28  McGill University  [Canada]
29  University of Texas at Austin
31  University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
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33  University of California San Diego
35  University of California Santa Barbara
38  University of California Davis
41  Washington University in St Louis
42  University of Minnesota
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43  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
44  New York University
49  Brown University
51  Pennsylvania State University
54  Boston University
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55  University of Southern California
57  Ohio State University
59  University of Pittsburgh
64  University of Massachusetts

65  McMaster University  [Canada]
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70  Vanderbilt University
72  Rice University

75  Emory University
=77  University of Colorado Boulder
=77  Tufts University

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=81  University of Rochester

=81  Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
86  University of California Irvine
89  University of Notre Dame
90  Dartmouth College

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93  Case Western Reserve University
94  University of Maryland, College Park
96  Michigan State University
97  University of Arizona
98  Purdue University

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100  University of Alberta  [Canada]
104  University of Montreal  [Canada]
110  University of California Santa Cruz
113  University of Utah
114  Stony Brook University

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123  Indiana University
125  University of Florida
127  Arizona State University
=135  George Washington University
=135  University of Virginia

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138  Georgetown University
141  University of Iowa
143  University of California Riverside
144  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
146  College of William & Mary *

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150  Brandeis University
154  Yeshiva University
=162  Medical University of South Carolina
=162  Wake Forest University
164  Texas A&M University

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167  University of Illinois at Chicago
172  University of Miami
173  Queen's University  [Canada]
177  University of Victoria  [Canada]
180  University of Delaware

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184  Iowa State University
185  University of Ottawa  [Canada]
195  Boston College
197  Georgia Health Sciences University *


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Rank 201-225

University at Buffalo

University of Cincinnati
Colorado School of Mines *
University of Georgia
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

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Northeastern University
University of South Carolina
Tulane University
University of Waterloo  [Canada]
University of Western Ontario  [Canada]

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Rank 226-250

University of Calgary  [Canada]
Carleton University  [Canada]
Colorado State University

Creighton University *
Dalhousie University  [Canada]

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Drexel University
University of Missouri
Simon Fraser University  [Canada]
State University of New York Albany - University at Albany
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Rank 251-275

University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Texas at Dallas
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Wayne State University

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Rank 276-300

University of Guelph  [Canada]
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Texas at San Antonio
York University  [Canada]

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Rank 301-350

Binghamton University, State University of New York *
George Mason University
University of Houston
Kent State University
Lehigh University

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University of Manitoba  [Canada]
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Oklahoma
University of South Florida
Washington State University

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Rank 351-400

Auburn University
Clemson University
Georgia State University *
University of Idaho *
Kansas State University

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Michigan Technological University *
New Jersey Institute of Technology *
Old Dominion University *
University of Wyoming


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Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2012 (here) focuses exclusively on the universities' research strength, and publishes the top 500 universities by research strength in the world. Amongst these 500, 150 are in the USA, and 22 are in Canada.

The number preceding the university's name is its USA/Canada rank, and the number following its name is its world rank.

* marks a university not on the THE list above.


ARWU List of the top 150 Universities in the USA


Country RankInstitutionWorld Rank
1
1
2
2
3
3
4
4
5
6
6
7
7
8
8
9
9
11
10
12
11
13
12
14
13
15
14
16
15
17
16 
18
17
19
18
22
19
25
20
27
21
29
22
30
23
31
24
32
25
33
26
34
27
35
28
36
29
38
30
41
31
45
32
46
33
47
34
48
35
49
36
50
37
51
38
56
39
58
40
61
41
65
41
65
43
71
44
72
45
77
46
79
47
82
48
84
49
86
50
91
51
93
52
96
53
99
54-67
101-150
54-67
101-150
54-67
101-150
54-67
101-150
54-67
101-150
54-67
101-150
54-67
101-150
54-67
101-150
54-67
101-150
54-67
101-150
54-67
101-150
54-67
101-150
54-67
101-150
54-67
101-150
68-85
151-200
68-85
151-200
68-85
151-200
68-85
151-200
68-85
151-200
68-85
151-200
68-85
151-200
68-85
151-200
68-85
151-200
68-85
151-200
68-85
151-200
68-85
151-200
68-85
151-200
68-85
151-200
68-85
151-200
68-85
151-200
68-85
151-200
68-85
151-200
86-109
201-300
86-109
201-300
86-109
201-300
86-109
201-300
86-109
201-300
86-109
201-300
86-109
201-300
86-109
201-300
86-109
201-300
86-109
201-300
86-109
201-300
86-109
201-300
86-109
201-300
86-109
201-300
86-109
201-300
86-109
201-300
86-109
201-300
86-109
201-300
86-109
201-300
86-109
201-300
86-109
201-300
86-109
201-300
86-109
201-300
86-109
201-300
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
110-137
301-400
138-150
401-500
138-150
401-500
138-150
401-500
138-150
401-500
138-150
401-500
138-150
401-500
138-150
401-500
138-150
401-500
138-150
401-500
138-150
401-500
138-150
401-500
138-150
401-500


Missing from table:    138-150     Utah State University  *     401- 500


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ARWU List of the top 22 Universities in Canada


Country RankInstitutionWorld Rank
1
27
2
39
3
63
4
92
5-6
101-150
5-6
101-150
7
151-200
8-17
201-300
8-17
201-300
8-17
201-300
8-17
201-300
8-17
201-300
8-17
201-300
8-17
201-300
8-17
201-300
8-17
201-300
8-17
201-300
18
301-400
19-22
401-500
19-22
401-500
19-22
401-500
19-22
401-500


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The Center for Measuring University Performance (University of Florida) determines the Top American Research Universities (2010 report, here) by their rank on nine different measures: Total Research, Federal Research, Endowment Assets, Annual Giving, National Academy Members, Faculty Awards, Doctorates Granted, Postdoctoral Appointees, and SAT/ACT range. 

The tables (below) group research institutions according to how many times they rank in the top 25 on each of these nine measures. The top category includes those universities that rank in the top 25 on all nine indicators. The bottom category includes universities with only one of the nine measures ranked in the top 25.

Within these groups, institutions are then sorted by how many times they rank between 26 and 50 on the nine  performance variables, with ties listed alphabetically. A similar methodology produces a second set of institutions—those ranked 26 through 50 on the same nine measures.



Top American Research Universities

Rank 1-53



Rank 54-76



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50 US Universities with highest dropout rates

(source)

Below are the Washington Monthly's 2010 rankings of the 4-year public and private not-for-profit colleges in America with the worst graduation rates. To read the story "College Dropout Factories" click here.

* Indicates a public school. † Crichton is now the for-profit Victory University.
††, ⊕ These symbols denote post-release edits to chart: Read footnotes.

Institution
Graduation
Rate
1Southern University at New Orleans (LA)*, ⊕5%
2Allen University (SC)††6%
3Martin University (IN)7%
4Bellevue University (NE)7%
5Calumet College of Saint Joseph (IN)7%
6Baker College of Auburn Hills (MI)7%
7University of the District of Columbia*8%
8East-West University (IL)††9%
9Haskell Indian Nations University (KS)*9%
10Crichton College (TN)†, ††9%
11Jarvis Christian College (TX)††10%
12Edward Waters College (FL)11%
13Oglala Lakota College (SD)*11%
14Baker College of Clinton Township (MI)12%
15Heritage University (WA)12%
16Davenport University (MI)12%
17Texas College12%
18Texas Southern University*13%
19Chicago State University*13%
20Purdue University, North Central Campus (IN)*13%
21Macon State College (GA)*13%
22West Virginia University at Parkersburg*13%
23Mountain State University (WV)13%
24Saint Paul's College (VA)13%
25Nevada State College*13%
26University of Houston, Downtown (TX)*14%
27Louisiana State University, Shreveport*15%
28Utah Valley University*15%
29University of Alaska Southeast*15%
30Boricua College (NY)15%
31University of Great Falls (MT)16%
32Bryn Athyn College of the New Church (PA)16%
33Coppin State University (MD)*16%
34Paul Quinn College (TX)16%
35Holy Names University (CA)17%
36Huston-Tillotson University (TX)17%
37University of Texas at Brownsville*17%
38Bacone College (OK)17%
39Marygrove College (MI)17%
40Rogers State University (OK)*18%
41Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus (NY)18%
42Miles College (AL)18%
43Western New Mexico University*18%
44Sul Ross State University (TX)*18%
45Northeastern Illinois University*18%
46Life University (GA)19%
47CUNY New York City College of Technology19%
48Harris-Stowe State University (MO)*19%
49Stillman College (AL)19%
50Mitchell College (CT)20%


†† The original version of this table listed several schools—Concordia College at Moorhead, Saint Augustine’s College, Nyack College, Visible School—Music and Worship Arts College, and Idaho State University—as dropout factories based upon graduation rate data they reported to a database maintained by the U.S. Department of Education. We have since determined that those schools reported incorrect graduation rate information to the government; had they reported accurate data they would not have been included in the table. We have corrected the rankings accordingly.

⊕Southern University's low graduation rate reflects the effects of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the campus. The average graduation rate of the four cohorts of students who graduated prior to Katrina was 11 percent; at that rate the school would rank 13th on our list.


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Related:


Best British and Irish Universities in Academic Reputation and Research Performance (here)

Best Australian and New Zealand Universities in Academic Reputation and Research Performance (here)


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