NYU pips Harvard to top rank

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 April, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 April, 2002, 12:00am

Harvard is no longer the highest ranked university for foreign undergraduates studying in the United States, according to the latest rankings of the American Universities Admissions Programme (AUAP).

New York University has, for the first time, ousted Harvard, mainly because the latter is considered so difficult to get into.

The rankings, conducted annually since 1995, are prepared by AUAP with 15 overseas panels of recruiters. International standing, average combined entrance test scores and admission rates each account for one third of the total score. Less than three per cent of international students who apply to Harvard can enter.

'This year NYU was really unbeatable both in academic performances and in image,' said John Prade, chairman of AUAP. Neither the September 11 attacks nor high accommodation costs had deterred students from entering the university, he said.

There are currently 7,627 Hong Kong students studying for first degrees in the US - up 1.1 per cent on last year - out of a total of 547,867 foreign students.

Top 10 universities:

1. NYU (NY), 2. Columbia (NY), 3. Harvard (MA), 4. Cornell (NY), 5. Stanford (CA), 6. MIT (MA),

7. Yale (CT), 8. University of Pennsylvania (PA), 9. Penn State University (PA), 10. Middlebury (liberal art college, VT).