World rankings: Top 10 universities in 2014

Britain’s higher-education consulting firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) released its annual global ranking of universities for 2014. Here are the top 10 schools: 

#7: Stanford University

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A cyclist exits the entryway to the Main Quad at Stanford University in California.

The western-most university to crack the top 10, Stanford University, located in Stanford, Calif., has been a steady climber in the QS rankings — rising 12 spots since 2007. The university’s growing prestige is tied to its strong academic programs in math and science, including the top statistics department in the world. It comes as little surprise, then, that Stanford is the alma mater of at least 30 living billionaires, as well as 17 astronauts.

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