2 California Institute of Technology

Although Caltech has a somewhat unusual anti-growth approach, the institution has risen three places this year, claiming second place in the rankings. This notable advancement results from an improvement in the organization’s international staff score. According to its president, Thomas F. Rosenbaum, Caltech works to improve, rather than grow.

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Achieving more than 80/100 in all five categories, Caltech is one of only two establishments to score highly across the board. Along with MIT, it is well graded in research, knowledge transfer, citation impact, teaching and international outlook.

Famous Alumni: Richard A. Searfoss

Richard A. Searfoss
Space.com
  • Occupation: Astronaut, actor
  • He made small appearances in: Green Lantern (2011), Oblivion (2013), and Trek Nation (2011).
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