Top universities to study computer science – University Rankings for 2017

  in Research Blog   Posted on September 5, 2017

Studying for a degree in computer science at University has been always a compelling and alluring  opportunity.  This is mainly due to the profound impact that information systems inculcated on our modern life. As computer science has become a vital tool for all facets of science, business and engineering,  getting a bachelor or postgraduate degree from a prestigious and well-ranked university can have a major impact on the learning outcomes and career prospects.  For exploring which is which to choose from to study computer science and conduct research, there are mainly four major rankings for universities. The ranking criteria are shaped by various combinations of various contributing factors which differ considerably depending on the organization performing the ranking including number of graduates, research and industry outcomes.

1. QS Top University Ranking
QS released their ranking for Computer Science and Information Systems which is based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact. A summary for the top 10 universities is shown below: The top 4 universities are based in the United States with MIT at the first spot. Meanwhile, The University of Cambridge ranked at 5th position followed by Harvard University. From Asia, the National University of Singapore is considered the top place to learn computer science with a worldwide ranking of 10.

RankUniversity NameCountry
1Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)United States
2Stanford UniversityUnited States
3Carnegie Mellon UniversityUnited States
4University of California, Berkeley (UCB)United States
5University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom
6Harvard UniversityUnited States
7University of OxfordUnited Kingdom
8Princeton UniversityUnited States
9ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ZurichSwitzerland
10National University of Singapore (NUS)Singapore
10University of TorontoCanada

2. Times Higher Education (THE)
THE compiled the list of top universities across the globe to study computer science which assesses academic institutions for their core missions which includes teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. As the Times Higher Education ranking covers all fields,  the overall methodology is carefully recalibrated for each subject, with the  weightings changed to suit the individual fields. Strangely, the University of Cambridge didn’t make it within the top ten whilst ETH Zurich seized the first spot followed by California Institute of Technology and the University of Oxford. Again, if you want to go to Asia, the National University of Singapore is considered the best place ranking at position 10 worldwide.

RankUniversity NameCountry
1ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ZurichSwitzerland
2California Institute of TechnologyUnited States
3University of OxfordUnited Kingdom
4Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)United States
5Georgia Institute of TechnologyUnited States
6Carnegie Mellon UniversityUnited States
7Imperial College LondonUnited Kingdom
8École Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerland
9Technical University of MunichGermany
10National University of Singapore (NUS)Singapore

3. ARWU Shanghai Ranking
The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is being compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. ARWU uses six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Reuters in addition to other research impact metrics. The top ten universities for computer science is shown in the table below.  Strangely, The National University of Singapore is not within the top ten whilst it actually ranked at position 20 meanwhile the university of Cambridge ranked at position 44.

RankUniversity NameCountry
1Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)United States
2University of California, Berkeley (UCB)United States
3Stanford UniversityUnited States
4Harvard UniversityUnited States
5Carnegie Mellon UniversityUnited States
6University of California, Los AngelesUnited States
7ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ZurichSwitzerland
8Princeton UniversityUnited States
9University of Southern CaliforniaUnited States
10Weizmann Institute of ScienceIsrael

4. USnews Ranking of USA universities
For the ranking of USA universities, the USnews published their annual list for 2017. CMU is ranked at position 1 meanwhile MIT seized the second place followed by Stanford University.

RankUniversity Name
1Carnegie Mellon University
1Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
1Stanford University
1University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
5University of Illinois
6Cornell University
6University of Washington
8Princeton University
9Georgia Institute of Technology
9University of Texas at Austin