Universities June 3, 2016: Harvard tops Times Higher Education’s World Reputation Rankings for sixth year

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Harvard tops Times Higher Education’s World Reputation Rankings for sixth year

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Examiner.com, June 3, 2016, 5:50 PM MST

Harvard University has the best global reputation for the sixth year in a row, every year that the Times Higher Education published their World Reputation Rankings, May 4, 2016
Harvard University has the best global reputation for the sixth year in a row, every year that the Times Higher Education published their World Reputation Rankings, May 4, 2016
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Education March 12, 2016: British universities dominate Oxford tops THE’s best universities in Europe 2016

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British universities dominate Oxford tops THE’s best universities in Europe 2016

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March 12, 2016 6:41 PM MST

 The University of Oxford tops this year's ranking from Times Higher Education (THE) of the Best Universities in Europe; 46 British universities are making the cut, the most of any other country, March 10, 2016
The University of Oxford tops this year’s ranking from Times Higher Education (THE) of the Best Universities in Europe; 46 British universities are making the cut, the most of any other country, March 10, 2016
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Judaism February 16, 2016: Top colleges and universities for Jewish students in the US and Canada

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Top colleges and universities for Jewish students in the US and Canada

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Examiner.com, January 16, 2016, 7:22 PM MST

Two different rankings name the University of Florida and Princeton University the best colleges for Jewish life on campus
Two different rankings name the University of Florida and Princeton University the best colleges for Jewish life on campus
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Education January 9, 2016: Cambridge tops first Wikipedia Ranking of World Universities, Harvard only third

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Cambridge tops first Wikipedia Ranking of World Universities, Harvard only third

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January 9, 2016 3:36 PM MST

The first Wikipedia Ranking of World Universities was released with the University of Cambridge on top, while the first US school on the list is Harvard coming in only at third, Dec. 15, 2016
The first Wikipedia Ranking of World Universities was released with the University of Cambridge on top, while the first US school on the list is Harvard coming in only at third, Dec. 15, 2016
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Education January 3, 2016: Kiplinger’s names Washington and Lee University best overall college value

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Kiplinger’s names Washington and Lee University best overall college value

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January 3, 2016 1:19 PM MST

Kiplinger's Personal Finance named Washington and Lee University the best college value academically and financially in their second overall ranking. Princeton remains the private university value, and UNC-Chapel Hill stays the top public university value
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named Washington and Lee University the best college value academically and financially in their second overall ranking. Princeton remains the private university value, and UNC-Chapel Hill stays the top public university value
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Education December 6, 2015: College rankings 2016: McGill remains on top of Maclean’s University Rankings

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College Rankings 2016: McGill remains on top of Maclean’s University Rankings

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December 6, 2015, 10:22 AM MST

 McGill University topped Canada's Maclean's University Rankings in the Medical Doctoral category for the 11th straight year, Oct. 29, 2015
McGill University topped Canada’s Maclean’s University Rankings in the Medical Doctoral category for the 11th straight year, Oct. 29, 2015
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Education December 6, 2015: College rankings guide 2016: Harvard again ARWU World Rankings’ best university

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College rankings guide 2016: Harvard again ARWU World Rankings’ best university

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December 6, 2015, 9:26 AM MST

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) named Harvard University the best university in the world for the 13th straight year, Aug. 12, 2015
The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) named Harvard University the best university in the world for the 13th straight year, Aug. 12, 2015
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Education December 6, 2015: College rankings guide 2016: Harvard still CWUR World Rankings’ top university

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College rankings guide 2016: Harvard still CWUR World Rankings’ top university

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December 6, 2015, 8:51 AM MST

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) named Harvard University the best university in the world for the fourth year, July 16, 2015
The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) named Harvard University the best university in the world for the fourth year, July 16, 2015
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Education December 5, 2015: College rankings guide 2016: MIT remains on top of QS World University Rankings

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College rankings guide 2016: MIT remains on top of QS World University Rankings

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December 5, 2015, 6:11 PM MST

 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been QS World University Rankings' Top University for the past four years, Sept. 15, 2015
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been QS World University Rankings’ Top University for the past four years, Sept. 15, 2015
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Education December 5, 2015: College ranking 2016: Caltech still tops Times Higher Education’s World Ranking

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College ranking 2016: Caltech still tops Times Higher Education’s World Ranking

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December 5, 2015, 5:42 PM MST

Times Higher Education again put Caltech, the California Institute of Technology at the top of their World University Rankings for the fourth year, Oct. 1, 2015
Times Higher Education again put Caltech, the California Institute of Technology at the top of their World University Rankings for the fourth year, Oct. 1, 2015
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Education December 5, 2015: College rankings 2016: Princeton and Williams still top US News’ Best Colleges

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College Rankings 2016: Princeton and Williams still top US News’ Best Colleges

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December 5, 2015, 4:35 PM MST

Princeton University again topped US News and World Report's Best National Universities part of their 2015 Best Colleges, Sept. 9, 2015
Princeton University again topped US News and World Report’s Best National Universities part of their 2015 Best Colleges, Sept. 9, 2015
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Education December 5, 2015: College rankings guide 2016: Forbes names Pomona America’s top college

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College rankings guide 2016: Forbes names Pomona America’s top college

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December 5, 2015, 4:06 PM MST

Forbes was the only university ranking list that placed a liberal arts college, Pomona College in their top spot, July 29, 2015
Forbes was the only university ranking list that placed a liberal arts college, Pomona College in their top spot, July 29, 2015
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Education December 5, 2015: College rankings 2016: Princeton Review names U of Illinois U-C top party school

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College Rankings 2016: Princeton Review names U of Illinois U-C top party school

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December 5, 2015, 3:33 PM MST

This year the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign had the dubious honor of being named by Princeton Review as the best party school, Aug. 3, 2015
This year the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign had the dubious honor of being named by Princeton Review as the best party school, Aug. 3, 2015
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Universities November 21, 2014: US News ranks the colleges that that accepts the most early admission applicants

US News ranks the colleges that that accepts the most early admission applicants

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Examiner.com, November 21, 2014, 4:18 PM MST

The University of Tulsa in Oklahoma accepts practically all the students that apply for their early admission program; US News ranked the top schools who accept the most students that apply early
The University of Tulsa in Oklahoma accepts practically all the students that apply for their early admission program; US News ranked the top schools who accept the most students that apply early
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Universities November 16, 2014: College rankings guide 2014-15: McGill again tops Maclean’s University Rankings

College rankings guide 2014-15: McGill again tops Maclean’s University Rankings

 

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McGill University topped Canada’s Maclean’s University Rankings for the 10th straight year

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In Canada, the most prestigious ranking of universities is Maclean’s Magazine University Ranking, and their 2015 listing and guidebook was released on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, where for the 10th straight year McGill University topped the list in the Medical Doctoral category. Simon Fraser University moved up to number one in the Comprehensive category, Mount Allison University for the seventh year topped the Primarily Undergraduate category, while the University of Waterloo moved up again to the number one spot in the reputation survey. Maclean’s explains the reason for their three main lists saying they “place universities into three categories to recognize the differences in levels of research funding, the diversity of offerings and the breadth and depth of graduate and professional programs.”

The most significant of Maclean’s’ ranking lists is their Medical Doctoral category, focusing on the major research universities. McGill again topped the list this year and has retained the number one spot for the past two years. There was movement in the top three, with the University of Toronto going up the ranking from the third spot to the second, while the University of British Columbia (UBC) moved down back to number three. The rest of the top 10 saw very little movement, with most of the universities keeping their same positions as last year. The ranking is in reverse on most international lists, with the University of Toronto considered Canada’s top university followed either by the University of British Columbia or McGill, but the international rankings all agree those are the top three Canadian universities.

Here in Canada McGill’s reputation as the Harvard of the North, rightfully keeps its spot as the nation’s best. McGill’s Principal Suzanne Fortier apparently pleased with Maclean’s ranking results told the McGill Reporter; “The value of the Maclean’s rankings, like other rankings, is in the story they tell over time. This is a story of continued commitment to excellence. I am proud of the McGill community for sustaining its top performance for a decade running.”

Recently McGill has faced budget challenges, with the Quebec government’s funding cuts the past couple of years and not enough private endowments Canada’s once top university across all rankings has taken a hit and drop in international rankings and prestige as a result. Even on Maclean’s list, where McGill was able to hold to their “decade” long reign as Canada’s best, they are 12th when it comes to “operating budget.”

Principal Fortier recently spoke of the funding problems and international rankings to the Globe and Mail, explaining, “We have not seen any additional investments in quite a number of years now and also we have to live within quite a lot of constraints… We don’t have agility, we don’t have a lot of flexibility, because, certainly in the case of McGill, all of our money is controlled by the government.” According to McGill’s statistics, the university is still a top draw for international students, in the fall of 2013 “25.2 per cent of the incoming student body” were international students.

The Comprehensive category is described as universities “with significant research, undergraduate, and graduate programs as well as professional schools,” but are not as research focused, and do not have Medical instruction. Simon Fraser and the University of Victoria continue their power struggle for the top spot in the category as they have been doing since 2007, this year Simon Fraser won the honors. The University of Waterloo retains the third spot to round out the top three. The list also saw Brock and Wilfrid Laurier graduating up this category from the Primarily Undergraduate category. Concordia University in Montreal also saw improvement in their ranking, and they are now sitting at the precipice of the top 10 at number 11.

The Primarily Undergraduate category that features universities that focus on their undergraduate program saw Mount Allison again holds on as the top university that category. Mount Allison has a monopoly on the category, maintaining their supremacy since 2007. The University of Northern British Columbia moved up to second place from tying for third last year, while Lethbridge University now solely retains the number three spot. Acadia University dropped the most in the top 10 from number two to four, while Laurentian University was the greatest gainer moving from 14 to the number 10 spot.

Macleans’ reputation survey is the most controversial lists in their annual rankings, because it is subjective, taking their results from a survey completed by “education and business leaders.” Maclean’s publishes four reputation rankings, Best Overall, Highest Quality, Most Innovative, and Leaders of Tomorrow, with 49 universities represented in all four lists. This year the University of Waterloo tops the “Best Overall” list. Maclean’s noted that “For almost two decades, Waterloo has dominated the national list,” while the Waterloo Region Record pointed out Waterloo topped the list “for the 19th time in 24 years.”

As for the rest of reputation list’s top three, UBC comes in second followed by Toronto at third. Meanwhile top ranking McGill is only fourth in the Best Overall. In Highest Quality, there is a reversal, McGill is number one, followed by Toronto and UBC, and Waterloo is forth. In the Most Innovative, Waterloo again tops the list, with Toronto and UBC second and third again, with McMaster forth and McGill just in the fifth position. The Leaders of Tomorrow reputation list had a ranking in the top four that mirrored the Best Overall list, with Waterloo at number one, followed by UBC, Toronto, and McGill again in fourth place.

In other rankings, the reputation survey is similar to Times Higher Education‘s World University Rankings World Reputation Rankings, and the QS World University Rankings that heavily relies on reputation to determine its main rankings. As with most subjective rankings like the Princeton Review Best “379 Colleges,” university administrators “criticize” the results, but students find it helpful in their application decision making. Maclean’s quoted a high school senior who commented; “A school’s reputation tells me about the path of the school and its graduates. If a university’s graduates have a high chance of getting the job they want because they went to that particular school, I feel like the same thing will happen to me if I go there.”

Maclean’s three major rankings Medical Doctoral, Comprehensive, and Primarily Undergraduate use the same methodology to determine the lists’ rankings. There are six performance indicators; students and classes account for 20 percent of the grade, Faculty also 20 percent, Resources account for 12 percent, Student Support at 13 percent, Library at 15 percent, and Reputation weigh heavily at 20 percent.

Here is Maclean’s top ten in their Doctoral-Medical category and includes the university’s 2014 positions:

  • 1 McGill University (1)
  • 2 University of Toronto (3)
  • 3 University of British Columbia (3)
  • 4 Queen’s University (4)
  • 5 University of Alberta (5)
  • 6 McMaster University (6)
  • 7 Dalhousie University (7)
  • 8 University of Ottawa (8)
  • 8 University of Western Ontario (9)
  • 10 Université Laval (13)
  • 10 Université de Montreal (11)

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Bonnie K. Goodman is a proud alumnus of McGill University having received both her BA in History & Art History & Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill. She is the Editor of the Academic Buzz Network, a series of political, academic & education blogs which includes History Musings: History, News & Politics. She has done graduate work in Jewish history at Concordia University as part of the MA in Judaic Studies program. Her specializations are academic & universities news, particularly history & library news.

Universities November 15, 2014: College rankings guide: Caltech tops Times Higher Ed’s World University Rankings

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College rankings guide: Caltech tops Times Higher Ed’s World University Rankings

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Examiner.com, November 15, 2014, 10:13 PM MST

 Times Higher Education again put Caltech, the California Institute of Technology at the top of their World University Rankings for the fourth year
Times Higher Education again put Caltech, the California Institute of Technology at the top of their World University Rankings for the fourth year
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Universities November 15, 2014: College rankings guide: Harvard tops US News’ Best Global Universities Rankings

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College rankings guide: Harvard tops US News’ Best Global Universities Rankings

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Examiner.com, November 15, 2014, 10:19 PM MST

Harvard University topped US News’s inaugural Best Global Universities Rankings, the university topped three global listings, but failed to make the grade in the national rankings
Harvard University topped US News’s inaugural Best Global Universities Rankings, the university topped three global listings but failed to make the grade in the national rankings
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Universities November 15, 2014: College rankings guide 2014-15: MIT again tops QS World University Rankings

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College rankings guide 2014-15: MIT again tops QS World University Rankings

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Examiner.com, November 15, 2014, 10:09 PM MST

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been QS World University Rankings Top University for the past three years
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been QS World University Rankings Top University for the past three years
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Universities November 15, 2014: College rankings guide 2014-15: Harvard tops ARWU and CWUR World Rankings

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College rankings guide 2014-15: Harvard tops ARWU and CWUR World Rankings

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Examiner.com, November 15, 2014, 10:02 PM MST

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) both named Harvard University the best university in the world
The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) both named Harvard University the best university in the world
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Universities November 15, 2014: College rankings guide 2014-15 Princeton and Williams tops US News Best Colleges

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College rankings guide 2014-15 Princeton and Williams tops US News Best Colleges

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Examiner.com, November 15, 2014, 9:56 PM MST

Princeton University again topped US News and World Report's Best National Universities part of their 2015 Best Colleges
Princeton University again topped US News and World Report’s Best National Universities part of their 2015 Best Colleges
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Universities November 15, 2014: College rankings guide 2014-15: Forbes names Williams America’s Top College

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College rankings guide 2014-15: Forbes names Williams America’s Top College

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Examiner.com, November 15, 2014, 9:50 PM MST

Forbes was the only university ranking list that placed a liberal arts college, Williams in their top spot
Forbes was the only university ranking list that placed a liberal arts college, Williams in their top spot
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Universities November 15, 2014: College rankings guide 2014-15 Princeton Review names Syracuse best party school

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College rankings guide 2014-15 Princeton Review names Syracuse best party school

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Examiner.com, November 15, 2014, 9:47 PM MST

 This year Syracuse University had the dubious honor of being named by Princeton Review as the best party school
This year Syracuse University had the dubious honor of being named by Princeton Review as the best party school
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Universities November 15, 2014: College rankings guide: national and global rankings rev up for 2015 admissions

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College rankings guide: national and global rankings rev up for 2015 admissions

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Examiner.com, November 15, 2014, 9:41 PM MST

 Harvard University tops three of the 2014-2015 colleges and universities rankings, the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and US News and World Report's Best Global Universities Rankings
Harvard University tops three of the 2014-2015 colleges and universities rankings, the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and US News and World Report’s Best Global Universities Rankings
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Universities February 6, 2014: Princeton Review releases list of best value public and private colleges

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Princeton Review releases list of best value public and private colleges

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Examiner.com, February 6, 2014, 10:36 PM MST

The Princeton Review's The Best Value Colleges 2014 featured on NBC's the Today Show, a ranking of the top 10 public and private colleges and a list of 150 colleges that give the best financial aid opportunities to their students, released, Jan. 28, 2014

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