Harvard Loses Top Spot in College Rankings

But US schools clean up
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2011 12:23 PM CDT
In this Nov. 13, 2008 file photo, the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. is seen.   (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, file)

(Newser) – Hang your head in shame, Crimson alums: After eight years on top, Harvard sank to a lowly second on the Times Higher Education’s list of the world’s top 400 universities. Harvard was displaced by the California Institute of Technology (aka Caltech), thanks to its “consistent results across the indicators and a steep rise in research funding,” the Times wrote.

The US dominates the list, claiming 75 of the top 200 spots, the AFP notes. Britain comes in second with 32 of the top 200, and the two countries combined for 18 of the top 20 spots, with only Switzerland’s Federal Institute of Technology (15) and Canada’s University of Toronto (19) intruding. Here’s the top 10:

  1. California Institute of Technology
  2. Harvard
  3. Stanford
  4. Oxford
  5. Princeton
  6. Cambridge
  7. MIT
  8. Imperial College
  9. Chicago
  10. University of California, Berkeley

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