QS USA University Rankings 2021 Released; Harvard, UC Berkeley Among Top 10

By Subhashri Roy Updated On - May 18, 2021 09:00 AM

QS has published its second annual list of the QS USA University Rankings 2021. Harvard has retained the top spot, followed by Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at second and third spots respectively. 

World’s largest international higher education network, QS, has published its second annual list of the QS USA University Rankings 2021. Harvard University has retained the top spot, followed by Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at their second and third spots respectively. 

The list has been developed based on four different metrics, leading to an overall score for 351 universities. In fact, this year’s rankings are the biggest rankings for the US, rising from 302 universities last year to 351 in 2021. 

With a total of 42 institutions, the most represented US state is New York followed by California with 38 universities, Pennsylvania with 18 universities and Massachusetts with 16 universities.

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) moved up a ranking, from its sixth spot last year to the fifth place in this year’s rankings.

While Yale University retained its sixth spot, Columbia University dropped from fifth to sixth place this year.

Notably, Princeton University also rose from its ninth spot last year to eighth place this year.

The University of Pennsylvania dropped two spots this year from eight to tenth, whereas New York University climbed two spots from 11th to ninth.

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Top 10 Universities in the QS USA University Rankings 2021

Here are the top 10 list of universities in the 2021 edition of QS USA University Rankings:

Name of the University

Location

Total Index Score

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

93.3

Stanford University

Stanford, California

88.9

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Cambridge, Massachusetts

85.6

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

77.7

UCLA

Los Angeles, California

77.5

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

75.4

Columbia University

New York City, New York

75.1

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

74.1

New York University (NYU)

New York City, New York

73.3

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

73.2

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