THE: Six of the 10 most reputable universities in the world found in the U.S.

In total, U.S. institutions made up more than half of the top 100 most reputable institutions, four fewer than last year.

The U.S. has long maintained dominance of the higher education space, but Times Higher Education’s international rankings last year showed that other countries like China and the U.K. could soon be closing in. However, when it comes to reputation, other countries will have to wait a little bit longer for any significant power shake-up to take place, according to THE’s latest World Reputation Ranking.

THE considered over 38,000 academics from 166 countries and regions on their opinions of the world’s leading universities. Institutions from the United States made up six of the top 10 spots. Harvard has retained the top spot for the last 13 years.

Here is a table featuring each respective U.S. university’s ranking and their spot the year prior.

  • Harvard University (#1) | 2022: 1
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (#2) | 2022: 2
  • Stanford University (#3) | 2022: 3
  • University of California, Berkeley (#6) | 2022: 9
  • Princeton University (#7) | 2022: 7
  • Yale University (#9) | 2022: 8

The other universities abroad featured in the top 10 were the University of Oxford (4), the University of Cambridge (5), Tsinghua University (8), and The University of Tokyo (10).

“Reputation matters—it is the global currency of higher education, helping universities attract and retain talent, bring in research collaborators and court inward investment. It also gives students and alumni the prestige they need in a global jobs market,” said Phil Baty, THE’s chief global affairs officer, in a statement.

Which countries possessed the most universities to feature on the ranking?

In total, U.S. institutions made up more than half of the top 100 most reputable institutions, four fewer than last year. China and European countries continued to gain ground, while Australia lost footing.

“It is clear the global power dynamics in elite higher education are shifting,” said Baty. “This has real implications for the global movement of talent and the geopolitics of knowledge creation and innovation. How long will the U.S. remain so dominant?”


No. of institutions 

Top institution


United States


Harvard University


United Kingdom


University of Oxford




Tsinghua University




Technical University of Munich




The University of Tokyo




Delft University of Technology

 Joint 40



Université Paris-Saclay

 Joint 44



University of Toronto




University of Melbourne



Mark Sudbury, THE’s head of reputation, also pointed to how government policies can play a consequential role in hurting or uplifting institutions’ reputations, specifically in student recruitment. “The challenging political and economic circumstances facing universities around the world means that they will have to work even harder to build their reputations with key audience groups and to prove their relevance to society.”

One way the U.S. has been attempting to gain more interest in students abroad is by relaxing visa processing requirements. For example, the American Council on Education recently requested that Secretary of State Antony Blinken waive the in-person interview requirement for certain nonimmigrant visa applicants permanently in a letter in December.

Alcino Donadel
Alcino Donadel
Alcino Donadel is a UB staff writer and first-generation journalism graduate from the University of Florida. His beats have ranged from Gainesville's city development, music scene and regional little league sports divisions. He has triple citizenship from the U.S., Ecuador and Brazil.

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