Guess what, Vancouver? The University of British Columbia (UBC) has just ranked in the top 40 of over 1,000 institutions across the globe, and we’re here to share the details with you. The prestigious QS World Universities Ranking for 2025 is the “largest ever,” featuring 1,500 universities across 105 higher education systems, according to the ranking.

According to this year’s list, the U.S. is the most represented country, with 197 ranked institutions.

For the 13th year in a row, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) holds the number one spot, followed by Imperial College London, University of Oxford, and Harvard University.

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In Canada, there are 31 institutions recognized. The University of British Columbia sits at the #38 spot this year, with the University of Toronto just a couple of spots ahead at #25.

With an overall score of 81, UBC has a near-perfect Academic Reputation ranking of 98.3 out of 100, and an Employer Reputation of 94.3.

Here are the Top 40 World Universities for 2025:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  2. Imperial College London
  3. University of Oxford
  4. Harvard University
  5. University of Cambridge
  6. Stanford University
  7. ETH Zurich
  8. National University of Singapore
  9. University College London
  10. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  11. University of Pennsylvania
  12. University of California, Berkeley
  13. The University of Melbourne
  14. Peking University
  15. Nanyang Technology University, Singapore
  16. Cornell University
  17. The University of Hong Kong
  18. The University of Sydney
  19. The University of New South Wales
  20. Tsinghua University
  21. University of Chicago
  22. Princeton University
  23. Yale University
  24. Université PSL
  25. University of Toronto
  26. EPFL – École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
  27. The University of Edinburgh
  28. Technical University of Munich
  29. McGill University
  30. Australian National University (ANU)
  31. Seoul National University
  32. Johns Hopkins University
  33. The University of Tokyo
  34. Columbia University
  35. The University of Manchester
  36. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
  37. Monash University
  38. University of British Columbia
  39. Fudan University
  40. The University of Queensland

So there you have it, Vancouver! If you or a loved one are looking to apply to a university this coming year, you can’t do much better than these globally ranked institutions.