When it comes to universities size is not everything, small institutions have much to offer.
Times Higher Education has once again revealed the Best Small Universities in the world by asking students at some of those institutions exactly what they like about attending a small college.
The universities chosen had to feature in the in Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2016-17, teach more than four subjects and have fewer than 5,000 students.
Reasons cited for enjoying attending a smaller institution include smaller class sizes, closer relationships with lecturers and a larger sense of close community.
The top ranked small university is the California Institute of Technology, which with just 2,000 students boasts being ranked second in the overall university rankings. Caltech has many impressive alumni with 34 Nobel laureates among them.
The full rankings of Best Small Universities in the world is as follows:
|2017 Best Small University Rank||University||Country||Total students||WUR rankings 2016-2017|
|1||California Institute of Technology||US||2181||2|
|2||École Normale Supérieure||France||1548||66|
|3||Pohang University of Science and Technology||South Korea||3017||=104|
|5||Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa||Italy||545||=137|
|6||Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna||Italy||679||=190|
|7||École Normale Supérieure de Lyon||France||2238||201-250|
|8||Indian Institute of Science||India||3398||201-250|
|9||Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences||Sweden||3838||251-300|
|10||Free University of Bozen-Bolzano||Italy||2813||251-300|
|13||University of Alaska Fairbanks||US||3875||301-350|
|16||Cyprus University of Technology||Cyprus||3012||401-500|
|17||Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU)||Tokyo||2906||401-500|
|18||University of Neuchâtel||Switzerland||4208||401-500|
|19||University of Tulsa||US||4682||501-600|