The five German universities to appear in the reputation ranking are Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (place 44), Technische Universität München (group 61-70), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Universität Heidelberg (both group 71-80), and Freie Universität Berlin.
In recent research rankings, Freie Universität also took positions among the top 100 universities. In the THE World University Ranking from October 2012, Freie Universität placed among the world's best universities in the humanities. Reaching place 25 worldwide, it was the best among German universities in the humanities subjects. Published in September 2012, the QS Ranking 2012 placed Freie Universität among the 100 best universities worldwide. In this case, in addition to the academic reputation of the institution, the indicators included the citations of its faculty, the international composition of its students and faculty, and the faculty-student ratio.