Pair of newly released rankings of world’s best universities place Princeton 5th, 10th
Princeton was ranked fifth and tenth among the world’s best universities, according to two major rankings released this month.
Times Higher Education put Princeton behind Harvard, California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford, in that order, in a ranking released yesterday, while QS placed Princeton behind four British universities, Harvard, Yale, MIT, University of Chicago and Caltech.
University of Cambridge had the best score in the QS ranking.The two companies had produced a combined ranking published by Times Higher Education from 2004 until last year, when they ranked Princeton eighth worldwide and fourth in the United States.
The joint ranking was widely considered one of the most influential world college rankings. This year, Times assigned its rankings based on a redesigned methodology; QS will collaborate with U.S. News and World Report to publish its rankings in the U.S.Princeton was second in the U.S. News and World Report ranking of American universities that was released last month. Both world rankings place a higher emphasis on research output than the U.S. News rankings.
American universities dominated this year’s Times rankings, contributing seven to the top 10 and 72 to the top 200 institutions. This year, QS placed only 53 U.S. schools in the top 200. The Times ranking focuses on metrics for teaching, research volume and citations, with industry income and diversity among staff and students also weighed.
Reputational surveys on teaching and research together make up roughly one third of the ranking methodology.
The QS methodology places a greater emphasis on reputational surveys, also accounting for research output, faculty-to-student ratios and other factors.U.S. News and World Report, in contrast, combines undergraduate academic reputation, graduation rate, freshman retention rate and faculty resources to form 70 percent of its composite score, with the remainder based on selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.