Two California colleges rank high, beating out Cambridge, Oxford, and Yale in a reputable survey of world universities. 

QS World University Ranking, which rates 1,000 institutions of higher learning, ranks Massachusetts Institute of Technology first and is the best university in the world. 

Coming in second behind MIT is Standford University in Palo Alto, Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts was third in the list, and California Institute of Technology in Pasadena ranked fourth. 

Several UC schools are included in the list but didn’t get to rank into the top 25. UC Berkeley is in the top 30, UCLA in the 36th spot and UC San Diego came in 54th. 

However, in the list of top American universities, which ranks 350 colleges around the country, UC Berkeley ranked high and came in the fourth best university in the nation. 

Harvard, Stanford, and MIT placed in the top three spots, followed by UC Berkeley at fourth and UCLA at fifth. Several other UC campuses also ranked in the top 50 with UC Davis at the 34th spot, UC Santa Barbara at 43rd, and UC Irvine at 45th. 

QS uses six metrics for its global ranking. The global metrics are calculated as follows: 

– Academic reputation, based on surveys of those in higher education for their opinion on institutions (40%)

– Employer reputation, based on surveys of employers (10%)

– Faculty-to-student ratio (20%)

– Citations per faculty, which helps measure an institution’s research output (20%)

– International faculty ratio (5%)

– International student ratio (5%)