Johns Hopkins No. 21 in 2019 QS World University Rankings

Credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University ranks among the top universities in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings, which were published last month.

Out of 1,000 universities from 85 countries, Johns Hopkins came in at No. 21 on the QS list—down from No. 17 last year—and was the 12th-highest ranked U.S. school. Quacquarelli Symonds, a global higher education company based in the U.K., has included Hopkins among the world's top universities for the past 11 years and among the top 30 since the rankings list debuted in 2004.

To determine the ranking, the QS rankings team evaluated institutions on academic reputation (weighted 40 percent), employer reputation (weighted 10 percent), citations per faculty (weighted 20 percent), the student-to-faculty ratio (weighted 20 percent), international faculty (weighted 5 percent), and international students (weighted 5 percent). Out of potential scores of 100, JHU scored 89.7 for academic reputation, 79.9 for international faculty, 81.6 for international students, and 100 for the student-to-faculty ratio.

Last fall, Johns Hopkins shared the No. 10 spot in the U.S. News and World Report global universities rankings and came in at No. 13 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.