Harvard University is the best university in the world, according to US News' ranking of 750 universities around the globe. Harvard, which also topped the Best Global Universities rankings in 2014, kept the top spot despite an additional 250 schools that were evaluated this time around. Not only does the Massachusetts school rank highest in overall strength in terms of research activity and reputation—on which the rankings were based—but it also houses the largest academic library of any university in the world and had the largest endowment last year with $36.4 billion. Rounding out the top five universities according to the list are MIT, University of California at Berkeley, Stanford, and Oxford University.
A school's global and regional research reputation, publications, citations, and international collaboration helped determine the rankings, designed "to help students and their families identify institutions that speak to their specific needs," a rep says, per NBC News. While universities from 57 countries made the list, the US came out on top with 181 schools—including eight in the top 10—compared to China's 57 schools and the UK's 55 universities. In terms of regional rankings, South Africa's University of Cape Town was best in Africa, the University of Tokyo was best in Asia, the University of Melbourne was tops in Australia and New Zealand, and Brazil's Universidade de Sao Paulo ranked highest in Latin America. (Read more colleges and universities stories.)