According to the newly released QS World University Rankings announced today, our very own Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the No. 1 ranked university in the world. The Cambridge university, home to such splendors as the MIT Media Lab and numerous award winning professors, out dueled a university from a different Cambridge — The University of Cambridge across the pond in England.
Harvard was a in the top five ranks as well, grabbing No. 3 on the list behind the University of Cambridge but ahead of three other London-based centers of higher learning: University College London, Imperial College London and Oxford University (Nos. 4-6, respectively).
Only one other Boston-based school was able to snake its way into the top 100 listings.
If we were betting folks at We Love Beantown (and for the most part, we are) the wagers for universities across the city would be spread fairly evenly. The WLBT staff went to school primarily at Northeastern, Boston College or Boston University but schools such as Emerson, Tufts, Suffolk, Babson or even something further outside of the city like Wellesley College might garner votes.
With apologies to the burgundy and gold over on Chestnut Hill, Boston College did not crack the top 200. Nor did Northeastern or Suffolk.
The only other Boston school in the QS World University Rankings top 100 schools was Boston University at No. 64. Tufts came in at No. 181.
B.U. was given five of five stars by QS in research, innovation, specialization and facilities and lists Massachusetts’ largest university as major in social sciences and management.
Overall, Boston was ranked the No. 3 city worldwide for students, behind No. 1 Paris and then London. Factors for the city list include student mix, affordability, employer activity and quality of living.