Academic Rankings of World Universities

ARWU uses six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes, the number of highly cited researchers, the number of articles published in Nature or Science journals, the number of articles published in journals indexed by the Science Citation Index - Expanded or Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance of a university.

Of the estimated 20,000+ universities in the world (*), more than 1200 universities are actually ranked by ARWU every year and the best 500 are published (Source: Quora).


  • World ranking - 307 (Source: Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019)
  • Global ranking of academic subjects - 2019 (Source: Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019)
    • Top 100
      • Hospitality and Tourism Management
    • Top 101 – 200
      • Agricultural Sciences
      • Education
      • Law
      • Nursing
      • Sociology
    • Top 201 – 300
      • Biological Sciences
      • Geography
      • Psychology
      • Public Health
    • Top 301 – 400
      • Business Administration
      • Computer Science & Engineering
      • Clinical Medicine
      • Ecology
      • Political Sciences
    • Top 401 – 500
      • Economics
      • Human Biological Sciences

ARWU Broad Subject Field

Life and Agriculture Sciences – Top 200

The ranking criteria for ARWU Broad Subject Field is similar to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, with a focus on the institutions academic performance in each broad subject field. An additional indicator was introduced for all Broad Subject Field rankings – proportion of publications in top 20% journals in the subject field.

More than 1200 institutions have been actually ranked in total for each Broad Subject Field, and only the best 200 are published every year.