UW-Madison is ranked as the 17th best university in the world, according to the 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities from Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China.
The rankings were announced on Tuesday by ARWU and in a news release from the UW-Madison news service.
American universities dominated the rankings, with eight of the top 10 and 54 of the top 100 universities.
The top ranked university is Harvard, followed by Cal-Berkeley, Stanford, MIT, Cambridge (England), Cal Tech, Princeton, Columbia, the University of Chicago and Oxford (England).
The rest of the top 20 includes Yale, Cornell, UCLA, Cal-San Diego, Penn, Washington, UW-Madison, Johns Hopkins, Cal-San Francisco, and Tokyo.
The rankings use 10 study areas and disciplines to make up the overall score.
UW-Madison ranked 11th in life/agricultural sciences; 13th in math; 17th in natural science; 20th in clinical medicine/pharmacy; 23rd in physics, engineering/technology, and social science; 31st in economics/business; 44th in chemistry; and tied in the 52nd to 75th spots for computer science.
The rankings rely heavily on research performance, including alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, highly cited researchers and papers published in Nature and Science.
UW-Madison is the highest ranked school in the Big 10 conference, followed by Michigan (22), Illinois (25), Minnesota (28), Northwestern (29), Penn State (43), Ohio State (59), Purdue (69), Michigan State (86) and Indiana (90).
Iowa was in the 101-150 grouping, with schools listed alphabetically.
The full list of rankings can be found here.