August was the month of rankings. Rather than picking one particular ranking, we have looked at different ones and tried to compile some sort of comparison for you. The most prominent ranking on the market was the one from Forbes magazine.
For the business school section Harvard Business School nudged competitor Stanford aside for first place. Stanford came second in 2011 followed by Chicago, Wharton and Columbia Business School. The business school ranking focused on the return of investment for students and Harvard’s investment paid off the best.
In the same month Forbes also compiled a general ranking of U.S. universities taking into account the cost of tuition, the salaries of graduates, students' experiences, quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt. The Forbes ‘Best university list’ (U.S.) was topped by the Williams College in Massachusetts. It was followed by Princeton and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, another small western Massachusetts school, Amherst College, Stanford University in Palo Alto, and finally Harvard University at number six.
The almighty U.S. ranking aside, a Chinese university also ranked universities worldwide but came still up with a result that should please America. Shanghai's Jiaotong University ranked worldwide universities according to their achievements in scientific research and despite looking from a different perspective, U.S. universities still ruled this ranking: American institutions took 17 out of the top 20 places. Harvard topped this influential list, Stanford University landed second-place, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on third and the University of California, Berkeley, on fourth place.
The highest-rated European institutions on the Chinese list were three British universities, with Cambridge in fifth place, Oxford in 10th and University College London at 20th.