Choosing the right university for higher studies has always been a tough decision. So many universities to choose from. But the question remains which is the best university? Don’t worry, in this article we have listed the ten best universities in the world.

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT is one of the best universities in the world which was established back in 1861. It is a non-profit private higher education institution that offers numerous courses and programs leading to officially recognized degrees such as master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees and doctorate degrees. MIT has a selective admission policy that is based on students’ past academic records and an entrance exam. The institute also provides several other facilities and services to its students which include a sports club, housing facility, library, scholarships or financial aid, online courses and much more.

2. Harvard University

Harvard university is known to be the second-best university in the world. It’s a private league research university. Harvard was established in 1636, it’s a non-profit higher education institute and it’s a huge coeducational US higher education institute. Harvard university is about 384 years old and falls under the category of the most prestigious universities of the world. It offers various courses to its students such as Social Sciences, Applied mathematics, Political Science and government, Economics, etc. It has a very selective admission policy. The acceptance rate of the university is 5%.

3. Stanford University

Stanford University is one of the world’s leading private research universities which was established in 1885. Stanford enrolls over 18,000 students every year, the campus is exceptionally large as it occupies 8,190 acres of land. The university is organized around 7 schools. Three of the schools consist of 40 academic departments which are at the undergraduate level, the other 4 professional schools mainly focus on graduate programs such as medicine, business and law. All these schools are on the same campus. Stanford alumni have founded numerous companies which make this university one of the most successful institutes in attracting funding for start-ups. It is also considered to be the most selective university in terms of admission policy with an acceptance rate of only 4%.

4. University of Oxford

Oxford University is ranked among the most prestigious universities in the world and is known to be the world’s second oldest university. It was established in 1096 which makes it 926 years old. Oxford university offers 48 undergraduate degrees which include: Law, Anthropology, Philosophy, Fine Arts and much more. Undergraduate degree programs are usually three years long. The admission rate for Oxford is about 21% which is high in comparison to IVY League universities.

5. University of British Columbia (UBC)

University of British Columbia is one of the oldest universities which was established in 1908, it is among the top three universities in Canada with over more than 80,000 students. Canada’s first female prime minister, Kim Campbell and the current prime minister, Justin Trudeau have studied from University of British Columbia too. UBC has also known to be one of the major research universities in Canada, with a whooping sponsored research funding of $549 million a year. The admission process at UBC is rather very competitive. The university offers over 85 academic units to its international and national students with over 330 programs.

6. University of Cambridge

Founded in 1209, University of Cambridge is one of the world’s foremost research universities which has 31 colleges and over 150 departments. It is the third oldest surviving university. The university doesn’t have a main campus but rather its colleges and central facilities are scattered throughout the city. The University of Cambridge contains 31 residential colleges which are responsible for admitting undergraduates and graduates. More than 20,000 students attend the university and more than 40% of these students’ study at the graduate level. University of Cambridge is ranked #8 in the list of best global universities.

7. National University of Singapore (NUS)

Founded in 1905, National University of Singapore is one of the oldest autonomous universities in the country which offers numerous degree programs such as postgraduate and undergraduate levels such as dentistry, medicine, social sciences, law, art, business, engineering and much more. National University of Singapore has not only been considered as the most prestigious universities in the world but in Asia itself too. As the university is quite well known the chances of getting into this institution are difficult, this is the reason why their acceptance rate is so low.

8. The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne was established in 1853, is one of the finest yet prestigious universities in not only Australia but the world too. The institute is a global leader in terms of higher education. It is one of the oldest universities in Melbourne and second oldest in entire Australia. The university is known to accept many international students and is the most preferred choice among students. It also offers scholarships to their international students. A minimum GPA of 3.4 is required in order to get a good chance of getting admissions in the university, the acceptance rate is about 80%.

9. SOAS University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies)

SOAS University of London is ranked as the 5th best university, in fact back in 2009, SOAS was awarded a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education. SOAS is divided into three main faculties which are Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages and Cultures and Faculty of Arts and Humanities. The acceptance rate is 9% so students need at least 3A’s or 1A and 2B’s on their A-Level to get into the institute. It is one of world’s leading institutions for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. SOAS is also a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

10. Columbia University

Columbia University is a private Ivy League research University which was founded back in 1754. Columbia University is one the oldest institutes of higher education in New York and the 5th oldest institutes of higher learning in the United States. Columbia is organized into twenty schools which includes four undergraduate schools and sixteen graduate schools. Columbia university has an acceptance rate of around 6.5% which ranks it as the most difficult school to get into and the students require to have a GPA of at least 4.15 or more to get into Columbia.

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Natasha Irshad holds a degree in Marketing & Management from University of London. She is interested in writing about education and pop culture.

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