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These are the best small universities in the world

March 14, 2017 
James Thornhill

When it comes to universities size is not everything, small institutions have much to offer.


caltechTimes 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
4 École Polytechnique France 2669 =116
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
11 Koç University Turkey 4793 251-300
12 Clark University US 3239 301-350
13 University of Alaska Fairbanks US 3875 301-350
14 Sabancı University Turkey 2999 301-350
15 Hasselt University Belgium 4913 401-500
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
20 Bond University Australia 3201 501-600

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