Oxford vs Cambridge vs Harvard vs Stanford University-Best Universities in the World

Oxford vs Cambridge vs Harvard vs Stanford University

OXFORD UNIVERSITY

Overview

The University Of Oxford, established in 1096 and situated in Oxford, England, is the Oldest University in the English speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. In less than a century, Oxford had achieved an important set of learning and won the praises of popes, kings, and sages by virtue of its antiquity, curriculum, philosophical system, and privileges.

Throughout the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Oxford has added a serious new analysis capability within the natural and applied sciences, together with medication. The University’s estate has been growing at around 5% per annum for the last 15 years. Over the past eight decades, Oxford has been making significant contributions to society not only locally but nationally and internationally as well.

Oxford is situated in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls and at the same time the largest library system in the UK.  It is located about 60 miles north-west of London and today there are around 240 buildings across 13 sites in and around Oxford.

Oxford currently has a total enrollment of nearly 24,000 students including 11,747 undergraduate and 11,687 postgraduate students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. Majority of undergraduate students studying in Oxford come from state schools and the university also offers 350 different graduate degree programs. A world-class, modern and research-driven university, Oxford is also ranked in the top six globally in engineering, life sciences, social sciences and the arts and humanities.

Oxford has a strong alumni base of more than 2.75 lakh spread across almost every country on the planet.Oxford’s educational community includes over 80 Fellows of the Royal Society and over 170 Fellows of the British Academy.Oxford's research activity includes more than 70 departments across all colleges, more than 1,800 academic staff, 5,500 research and research support staff, and 6,100 graduate research students. From the past 800 years, Oxford has been producing some notable leaders such as Albert Einstein, Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, Hugh Grant, to name a few.

The Oxford University does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a different character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are independent institutions to which students usually apply directly. The Oxford University has four academic divisions: Mathematical, Humanities, Physical and Life Sciences, Social Sciences ; and Medical Sciences;. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and In the world of medicine Oxford is ranked number one.

Oxford is a cosmopolitan and youthful city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Ashmolean Museum, Bodleian Libraries, the cathedral, Sheldonian Theatre, and the colleges themselves.

Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. The musical life of oxford is strong enough, with clubs and societies stretch over all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. It is also ranked exceptionally for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the best and most alive university drama scenes in the country.

The alumni connections of Oxford of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, seven poets laureate, 26 Nobel Prize winners, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Aung San Suu Kyi, Bill Clinton, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers).

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of Best University in the UK and is usually ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Stephen Hawking, Tim Berners-Lee, and Richard Dawkins.

Facts & Figures

% International Students

43 %

Total International Students

6,772

Male/Female Ratio

1 : 0.85

UG/PG Course Ratio

1 : 7.65

Endowments Value

Pound 5 billion

No.of Campuses

1

Yearly Hostel & Meals Expense

INR 7.2 Lakh

 

  • Oxford was ranked first in the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2017, 2018 and 2019.
  • At Oxford, there are more than 24,000 students, including 11,930 UG and 11,813 PG.
  • It is very competitive: In 2018, over 21,500 candidates applied for around 3,300 UG places for entry. It shows that Oxford receives, on avg., over 6 applications for each available place.
  • Most of the Oxford’s UK UG comes from state schools. As per the latest figures, of places offered to UK applicants, over 60.5% of undergraduate places went to students from the state sector.
  • Oxford offers more than 350 different Graduate Degree Programmes.
  • Almost 43% of our total student body make up for International students i.e over 10,000 students. From over 150 countries and territories students come to Oxford to study.
  • As per the Research Excellence Framework 2014, Oxford has the best volume of world-leading research in the country.
  • The University, including the colleges and Oxford University Press, is the largest employer in Oxfordshire, supporting around more than 30,000 jobs in the county and injecting more than £2.3bn annually into the regional economy.

Courses, Duration and Fees

Courses

Duration

1st year Tuition Fees

Exams Accepted

MBA

1 Years

INR 53.1 Lakh

GMAT , GRE

MSc in Computer Science

12 Months

 

INR 20.9 Lakh

 

IELTS : 7.5

BA (Hons) in Economics and Management

3 Years

 

INR 25.7 Lakh

 

IELTS : 7.5

 

BA in Computer Science

3 Years

 

INR 30.9 Lakh

 

IELTS : 7

 

Executive MBA

21 Months

INR 35.2 Lakh

GMAT, IELTS : 7.5

BM BCh Medicine

6 Years

INR 15.2 Lakh

IELTS : 7

Diploma in Organisational Leadership

13 Months

 

INR 20.1 Lakh

 

IELTS : 7

 

MSc Financial Economics

9 Months

 

INR 40.1 Lakh

 

GMAT , GRE

MEng in Engineering Science

4 Years

 

INR 30.9 Lakh

 

IELTS : 7

 

MSc in Law and Finance

10 Months

 

INR 30.5 Lakh

 

IELTS : 7.5

 

MSc in Psychological Research

12 Months

 

INR 20.2 Lakh

 

IELTS : 7.5

 

DPhil (PhD) in Surgical Sciences

3 Years

 

INR 16.2 Lakh

 

IELTS : 7.5

 

BA in Geography

3 Years

INR 22.1 Lakh

IELTS : 7

Diploma in Financial Strategy

1 Years

INR 20.1 Lakh

 

IELTS : 7.5

 

MBiochem in Biochemistry (Molecular and Cellular)

4 Years

 

INR 29.2 Lakh

 

IELTS : 7

 

 

 

MEng in Materials Science

4 Years

INR 30.9 Lakh

 

IELTS : 7

 

BFA in Fine Art

3 Years

INR 25.7 Lakh

IELTS : 7

MSc in Mathematical and Computational Finance

10 Months

 

INR 30.5 Lakh

 

IELTS : 7.5

 

BA in Experimental Psychology

3 Years

 

INR 24.3 Lakh

 

IELTS : 7

 

BA in Philosophy and Modern Languages

4 Years

 

INR 23.4 Lakh

 

IELTS : 7

 

Placements

  • Google
  • Nomura
  • Novartis
  • Ernst & Young
  • Apple
  • Vodafone
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Deloitte
  • BNP Paribas
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Rolls Royce
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Ferrari
  • RBS
  • KPMG
  • Accenture
  • Amazon
  • Barclays
  • IBM
  • UBS
  • Adidas
  • Tata Communications
  • Unilever
  • Pepsi

Average Salary

  • BA (Hons) in Economics and Management: Pound 36,000
  • MSc Financial Economics: Pound 43,940

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY

Overview

Established in 1209, the Cambridge University is a public research university situated in the center of the ancient city of Cambridge, 50 miles north of London, United Kingdom and this university is renowned as the Second-Oldest University in the English-speaking world and the fourth-oldest in the world. It is also one of the World's Oldest Universities and leading educational centres which is also a self-governed community of students.

This university is an amalgamation of a variety of institutions which includes constituent Colleges - 31and more than 100 academic depts. Systematized into 6 schools and they are Biological Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Clinical Medicine, and Technology. Each School has a council – containing representatives of its Faculties and Depts. The Schools are depicted on the General Board.

The past of Cambridge University is very rich - its renowned Colleges and University buildings draw attention of visitors from all across the globe. But the museums and collections houses in university also hold many treasures which give an exhilarating insight into some of the scholarly activities, both past, and present, of the University's academics and students. One of the department of university called Cambridge University Press, is the world's oldest publishing house and the second-largest university press in the world.

At present, Cambridge houses 18,000 students from all walks of life, 7,500 of whom are graduates and amongst the graduate students, 50% are overseas students and the no. of women is around 40%, staff is more than 11,000, 31 Colleges, and 150 Depts, Faculties, Schools and other institutions. Its important buildings give the city of Cambridge a unique character, and include King's College Chapel, the history faculty building designed by James Stirling and the Cripps Building at St John's College.

The University is a source of pride of a various international community and welcomes talented students from across the globe. At present, there are over 20,000 UG and PG students at the University with nearby 8,000 international students representing over 120 different countries. Around 20% of UG students and 50% of graduate students are from outside the UK.

The university has educated eminent mathematicians, scientists, politicians, lawyers, philosophers, writers, actors and heads of state. Cambridge give affiliation as students, faculty or alumni, to 15 British prime ministers and 98 Nobel laureates, including the scientists Francis Crick and Frederick Sanger.

Over 190 countries, Cambridge has over 65,000 overseas alumni.

Facts & Figures

Total International Students

9,313

UG/PG Course Ratio

1 : 10.93

Endowments Value

Pound 4 billion

No.of Campuses

1

Yearly Hostel & Meals Expense

INR 4.1 Lakh

#Nobel prizes received

98

 Courses, Duration and Fees

Courses

Duration

1st year Tuition Fees

Exams Accepted

Master of Business Administration

1 Years

INR 50.8 Lakh

GMAT, GRE

BA (Hons) Computer Science

4 Years

INR 28.7 Lakh

IELTS : 7.5

MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

11 Months

INR 24.1 Lakh

IELTS : 7

BA (Hons) Economics

3 Years

INR 18.9 Lakh

IELTS : 7.5

MASt in Pure Mathematics

9 Months

INR 19.1 Lakh

IELTS : 7

BA (Hons) Architecture

3 Years

INR 24.7 Lakh

IELTS : 7.5

 Placement

  • Google
  • Uber
  • Amazon
  • Microsoft
  • BCG
  • Deloitte
  • McKinsey & Company

Average Salary

Master of Business Administration: Pound 104,452

HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Overview

Established in 1636, Harvard University is the oldest and one of the Most Acclaimed Institutions in the United States and is extensively regarded in terms of its reputation, influence, and academic pedigree as a dominant university in not just the US but also the world. University’s best-known landmark is a statue of John Harvard, College’s first patron, stands in front of University Hall in Harvard Yard. This Ivy League university carries its legacy from over 375 years not only in the United States but globally as well. Harvard currently has 12 degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. In the mid-of 16th century, the University has starts from 9 students with a single master to an enrollment of over 20,000-degree candidates including UG, graduate, and professional students.

With a campus size of 5457 acres, Harvard is based in Massachusetts, Cambridge. The campus of Harvard University is around 209-acre campus houses 10 degree-granting schools for Advanced Study in addition to the Radcliffe Institute, two theaters, and five museums. Organized around ancient city greens, tree-lined squares, and also the sedgy banks of the Charles River, Cambridge is one among metropolitan Boston’s very important urban centers. Harvard is at the center of Cambridge, giving individuals immediate access to the city’s dense mixture of retailers, restaurants, and diversion.

Cambridge is an element of Boston’s comprehensive public transit. With buses, cabs, and a subway stop right at the middle of Harvard sq., you'll simply get anyplace you would like to travel. Downtown Beantown is simply a 12-minute ride from the field.

Harvard has a diverse student population from over 50 states and 80 countries and currently more than 36,000 students are studying in Harvard among those 6,699 are enrolled in Harvard College, the number of graduate and professional students is 13,120 and 16,193 in Harvard Extension School. Harvard has the oldest academic library in the world residing of 20.4 million volumes, 180,000 serial titles, an estimated 10 million photographs, 400 million manuscript items, 5.4 terabytes of born-digital archives and manuscripts, and 124 million archived web pages. Approximately 70 % of the students receive some sort of financial aid in Harvard, and about 60 % receive need-based scholarships and pay an average of $12,000 per year.

Like other United States’ pre-Civil War colleges, Harvard University was founded to train clergy, but Harvard’s curriculum and student body quickly secularized, and in the 20th century admissions policy was opened up to bring in a more diverse pool of applicants.

Harvard has an alumni base of over 2.79 lakh in the US and 59,000 spread across other 202 countries. It has about 2,400 world-class faculty members and over 10,400 academic appointments in affiliated teaching hospitals. Harvard has 32 heads of state, 48 Nobel Laureates, 48 Pulitzer Prize winners who have been affiliated as faculty, students, or researchers.

Facts & Figures

Total International Students

9,468

Size of Campus in acres

5457

Male/Female Ratio

1 : 0.94

UG/PG Course Ratio

1 : 4.56

Faculty/Student Ratio

1 : 7.0

Endowments Value

USD 37 billion

No.of Campuses

1

Yearly Hostel & Meals Expense

INR 12.7 Lakh

Courses, Duration and Fees

Courses

Duration

1st year Tuition Fees

Exams Accepted

MBA

2 Years

INR 52.8 Lakh

GMAT and GRE

Masters in Computer Science

1-2 Years

INR 35.6 Lakh

GRE, TOEFL : 80

Bachelors of Arts in Computer Science

4 Years

INR 37.3 Lakh

TOEFL and SAT

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

1.5-2 Years

INR 30.1 Lakh

GRE and TOEFL : 80

Master of Science in Computational Science and Engineering

1 Years

INR 35.6 Lakh

GRE and TOEFL : 80

Master of Science in Data Science

1.5 Years

INR 38.1 Lakh

GRE and TOEFL : 80

Bachelors in Physics

4 Years

INR 37.3 Lakh

TOEFL and SAT 

PhD in Organizational Behaviour

4-5 Years

INR 14 Lakh

TOEFL : 100

Master in Architecture I

2.5-4 Years

INR 35 Lakh

GRE, TOEFL : 92

Master of Arts in Education

1 Years

INR 33.7 Lakh

IELTS : 7.5, TOEFL : 104

Bachelor in Psychology

4 Years

INR 37.3 Lakh

SAT

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

4 Years

INR 37.3 Lakh

TOEFL, SAT

Bachelor of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB)

4 Years

INR 37.3 Lakh

SAT

Bachelors in Engineering Sciences

4 Years

INR 37.3 Lakh

TOEFL , SAT

MD-MPH Program (Harvard School of Public Health)

5 Years

INR 39 Lakh

IELTS : 5.5

Master in Public Administration

2 Years

INR 34.9 Lakh

IELTS : 7, TOEFL : 100

DMD Program

4 Years

INR 39 Lakh

IELTS : 5

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

4 Years

INR 37.3 Lakh

TOEFL, SAT

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

4 Years

INR 37.3 Lakh

TOEFL, SAT

Bachelors in Statistics

4 Years

INR 37.3 Lakh

TOEFL, SAT

Bachelor of Arts in Biomedical Engineering

4 Years

INR 37.3 Lakh

SAT

Master in Public Policy

2 Years

INR 34.9 Lakh

IELTS : 7, TOEFL : 100

Bachelor of Mathematics

4 Years

INR 37.3 Lakh

SAT

Master in Landscape Architecture I (MLA I)

3 Years

INR 32.7 Lakh

GRE : Accepted, TOEFL : 92

Bachelors in Philosophy

4 Years

INR 37.3 Lakh

TOEFL, SAT

 Placement

  • Google
  • Amazon
  • P&G
  • Intel
  • ExonMobil
  • GM
  • CISCO
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Microsoft
  • Morgan Stanley
  • JP Morgan
  • Accenture
  • Coca Cola
  • Honeywell
  • Adobe
  • Walmart
  • Viacom
  • American Express
  • IBM
  • Barclays
  • Uber
  • Facebook
  • Samsung
  • GE Energy
  • BMW
  • Amadeus
  • Atkearney
  • Johnson & Johnson

STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Overview

Stanford University is established in 20 miles north of San Jose and 35 miles of south of San Francisco, Stanford University is in the heart of Northern California’s dynamic Silicon Valley, home to Google, Yahoo, Hewlett-Packard, and many other cutting-edge tech companies that were founded by and continue to be led by Stanford alumni and faculty. Nicknamed the “billionaire factory”, it is said that if Stanford graduates bring to existence their own country it would boast one of the world’s largest ten economies.

Stanford University has one of the Largest University Campuses in the US, covering 8,180 acres, with 18 interdisciplinary research institutes and seven schools: School of Earth, the Graduate School of Business; Graduate School of Education; Energy & Environmental Sciences; School of Engineering; Law School; School of Humanities and Sciences; and School of Medicine.

In the year 1885, Stanford University was started by California statesperson Leland Stanford and his wife, Jane, to “help the public welfare by exercising an affect in behalf of mankind and culture”. The couple’s only child had died of typhoid, and their resolution reached to build a university on their farm was engaged as a memorial. From the beginning the university was non-sectarian, teaching both the traditional liberal arts, co-educational and affordable, and the technology and engineering that was shaping the new America at the time. 

Fast forward over a century, and Stanford counts 19 Nobel laureates within its community and is regularly ranked among the Top Three Universities in the World. Also known as “The Farm” from the days when horses wander there, Stanford’s Campus is now a thriving community of over 11,000 creative and adepted people from around the world. Nearly all UG and 60 % of graduate students live on campus, so it is hardly surprising that student life is rich and different, with more than 625 organized student groups.

Sport is famous, with faculty, students, and staff enjoying advanced recreational facilities and wellness programs. Stanford students compete in 36 varsity and 32 club sports, including football, baseball, squash, and basketball. The Sports teams of Stanford university is referred to as the “Stanford Cardinal”.

Stanford also has an affluent belief of promoting the arts and creativity: there is a alive campus arts district and two world-class museums which host regular exhibitions.  Eight dining halls, a teaching kitchen and organic gardens provide the campus community with healthy, sustainable meals. The close-knit communal nature of life on campus has even given rise to “Stanford speak”, a special language only spoken on campus.

Stanford University has a total UG enrollment of 7,087, its setting is suburban, and the size of the campus is 8,180 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. In the 2020 edition of Best Colleges, the ranking of the Stanford University's among National Universities is 6. Its tuition and fees are $53,529.

Out of seven schools of Stanford University’s four offer UG and graduate coursework, and the rest of the three serve as purely graduate schools. Graduate programs include the highly ranked School of Education, School of Law, School of Engineering, School of Medicine and Graduate School of Business.

The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment oversees association between environmental research, teaching and outreach.

Facts & Figures

% International Students

24.6 %

Total International Students

4,351

Size of Campus in acres

8180

Male/Female Ratio

1 : 0.76

Faculty/Student Ratio

1 : 5.0

Endowments Value

USD 24 billion

No.of Campuses

1

Yearly Hostel & Meals Expense

INR 10.2 Lakh

Undergraduate Student Receiving Financial Aid

47%

Students Receiving Financial Aid

70%

Courses, Duration and Fees

Courses

Duration

1st year Tuition Fees

Exams Accepted

Master of Science in Computer Science

2 Years

INR 26.1 Lakh

GRE, TOEFL : 89

Master of Business Administration

2 Years

INR 52.5 Lakh

GMAT , GRE

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

4 Years

INR 38 Lakh

SAT

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

2 Years

INR 26.1 Lakh

GRE , TOEFL : 89

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

1.5 - 2 Years

INR 26.1 Lakh

GRE, TOEFL : 89

Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering

1-1.5 Years

INR 26.1 Lakh

GRE, TOEFL : 89

Bachelor of Arts in Economics

4 Years

INR 38 Lakh

SAT

Master of Science in Management

12 Months

INR 95.5 Lakh

GMAT, GRE

Stanford Executive Program

6 Weeks

INR 52.5 Lakh

TOEFL

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

4 Years

INR 38 Lakh

SAT

MS in Statistics

15 - 18 Months

INR 37.7 Lakh

GRE , TOEFL : 100

MS in Management Science and Engineering

18 Months

INR 40.2 Lakh

GRE, TOEFL : 89

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

1-2 Years

INR 26.1 Lakh

GRE, TOEFL : 89

Bachelor of Science in Biology

4 Years

INR 38 Lakh

SAT

Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

1.5 - 2 Years

INR 26.1 Lakh

GRE, TOEFL : 89

Master of Science in Medicine

2 Years

INR 31.8 Lakh

TOEFL : 100

Bachelor of Science in Physics

4 Years

INR 38 Lakh

SAT

MD Program

5-6 Years

INR 36.5 Lakh

TOEFL

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

5 Years

INR 31.8 Lakh

TOEFL, SAT

Bachelor of Science Product Design

4 Years

INR 38 Lakh

SAT

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

4 Years

INR 38 Lakh

SAT

JD Program

4 Years

INR 37.6 Lakh

TOEFL

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

4 Years

INR 38 Lakh

SAT

Bachelor of Science in Management Science and Engineering

4 Years

INR 36.5 Lakh

SAT

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

4 Years

INR 38 Lakh

SAT

Bachelor of Engineering in Architecture Design

4 Years

INR 38 Lakh

SAT

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

4 Years

INR 38 Lakh

SAT

Placements

  • Orange
  • Google
  • Visa Mastercard
  • Bank of America
  • Facebook
  • BCG
  • Amazon.com
  • Accenture
  • Apple
  • McKinsey & Company

 Average Salary

Master of Business Administration: USD 140,553

Conclusion

After go through all the details in terms of overview, fact & figures, courses & fees, placements, and other details we will find that all the four universities i.e. Oxford vs Cambridge vs Harvard vs Stanford University are all perfect for students who are looking for higher education.

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