In the university ranking by U.S. News & World Report, Harvard University is at first place among all the universities in the world. Ranks 2 through 4 are held by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of California, and Stanford University. The best European university is the University of Oxford at rank 5. According to this ranking, the best German university is the University of Heidelberg at rank 37. The others are Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich at 53), Technische Universität München (TU Munich at 64), and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (68).
The ranking was carried out in cooperation with the Thomson Reuters media group. It was based mainly on evaluations of publications as well as a worldwide survey of scholars and scientists regarding the global and regional reputations of the universities. Altogether 750 universities were evaluated.