The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)
This list is published by the Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. View ARWU’s current list of the Top 500 World Universities.
Pros: Americans may get a kick in their ethno-centric behinds to see unfamiliar foreign schools (e.g., Japan’s Kyoto University) ranked ahead of some Ivies. Even among the Stateside schools, there are surprises: e.g., here, U. Wisconsin bests Johns Hopkins and Northwestern; U. of Washington tops Washington U. Even those who (wisely) don’t take these ranks as gospel truth may find the shake-ups eye-opening.
Cons: The list is rife with international schools that most CC readers will never attend. It includes only universities, not colleges.