Washington, D.C. – Oct. 25, 2016 – U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings for more than 30 years, today released the 2017 Best Global Universities rankings. The overall rankings are the largest and most comprehensive assessment of research universities worldwide, evaluating 1,000 universities – up from 750 last year – across 65 countries.

With 210 ranked universities, U.S. schools dominate the 2017 list and, for the first time, claim the top five spots: Harvard University leads at No. 1, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology at No. 2 and Stanford University at No. 3. The University of California—Berkeley comes in at No. 4 and California Institute of Technology rounds out the group at No. 5.

“U.S. universities do especially well in the Best Global Universities rankings because they place an enormous emphasis on academic research – a key factor in our methodology since these are indicators that can be compared globally,” said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News. “This methodology is different from that of Best Colleges, which measures the overall quality of undergraduate education and focuses on outcomes including graduation and retention rates.”

Behind the U.S., the following countries have the most ranked institutions out of 1,000 schools on the overall Best Global Universities list: