In the QS World University Rankings 2013, released today, the University of Southampton was announced as the 86th best in the world.
Southampton shares the 86th position with Washington University in St. Louis, both on a score of exactly 71. This makes the university one of the highest-ranked UK institutions, coming ahead of such establishments as Durham, York, Bath and Leeds.
The score for each institute is derived from a number of factors, including academic peer review, faculty student ratio, citations per faculty, recruiter review and international orientation.
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) topped the list for the second year running, and the highest-ranking UK university was Cambridge, in third place with a score of 99.
The QS World Ranking system is one of the three most significant and highly regarded in the field, alongside the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities.