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Berkeley ranks among world’s ‘elite six’ universities

For the seventh year in a row, UC Berkeley joins five other world universities at the top of newly released 2017 reputation rankings by 'Times Higher Education'

crowd of students, Sather Gate

Once again, UC Berkeley joins five other world universities in a cluster known as the “elite six,” in newly released 2017 reputation rankings by Times Higher Education.

As it did last year, Berkeley placed sixth, after Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Cambridge and Oxford. After the top six, a big gap separates the No. 7 university, Princeton.

The reputation rankings are based on a survey of more than 10,000 academics worldwide, are just seven years old, and this is the seventh time Berkeley has placed in the “elite six.” All six scored far higher than the other universities by Times Higher Education, the United Kingdom’s leading educational news publication. The reputation rankings are separate from THE‘s annual World University Rankings, which come out in the fall.

A trend in this year’s rankings sees Asian institutions climbing the charts. China’s Tsinghua University ranked among the top 15 for the first time, and Peking University reached the top 20. They overtook Western universities including Imperial College London, the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University.

The full rankings can be viewed on the Times Higher Ed website.