If you’re deciding where to send your college applications, here's a list of the best universities in the world:
- University of Oxford
- California Institute of Technology
- Stanford University
- University of Cambridge
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Oxford, UK: Best University in the World
Maintaining its title in the top spot, the world-renowned Oxford is not only one of the oldest (it began in 1096), but also one of the best, universities in the world. Unsurprisingly, competition is fierce; more than 19,000 people applied for the coveted 3,200 spaces available in 2016. With world-famous alumni like Stephen Hawking, Bill Clinton, J. R. R. Tolkien and Emma Watson, to name just a few, it’s clear that Oxford is quite adept at guiding the best and the brightest on their road to success.
California Institute of Technology, USA
The lifestyle at CALTECH is positive with students trying to live by a code of fraternity and honour. All students live on campus in their first year to help build this sense of community, although they are divided into 8 houses. Founded in 1891, this impressive institute of higher learning specialises in science and engineering, and has produced many famous people of note, including Nobel Prize-winning scientists, astronauts and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) directors.
Stanford University, USA
This dynamic university is respected for everything from budding entrepreneurs to engineering geniuses. It first opened its gates in 1891 and since then, the seven schools have produced such notable characters as Tiger Woods, Reese Witherspoon, John F. Kennedy and John Steinbeck. With 17 Nobel Laureates on the faculty at present, it’s easy to see why this California college is ranked as one of the best universities in the world.
University of Cambridge, UK
This ancient institute of learning was founded in 1209 and is famed the world over for the elite education its scholars receive, especially in the natural sciences. The university reports that in general, they receive 5 applicants per available space. The lucky few who make it through the vigorous vetting process are free to take advantage of one of the finest educations in the world along with the 700 clubs and societies which enhance student life. Cambridge also boasts an astounding 114 libraries, 9 museums and even a botanical garden. Famous alumni include Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Charles, Prince of Wales and David Attenborough.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
With only 8% of applicants gaining admission, MIT is one of the most exclusive and privileged universities in the world. Former students include Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, Kofi Anan and Andrea Wong. Founded in 1861, this university is famous for its science and engineering endeavours. However, the students are also being schooled in another unofficial noble pursuit: ‘hacking’ or practical jokes. MIT is proud of the tradition, giving extra honour to ‘hacks’ based on their creativity and difficulty. This amusing fusion of work and play, along with the available sports and clubs, make for a very happy student body. Of course, their fantastic career prospects upon graduation probably help too…
So there you have it; the USA and UK are top when it comes to university educations. We were surprised that Harvard and Yale didn’t make it into the 5 best universities in the world though. Maybe next year.
You can read the latest list of best universities at THE.
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