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About QS

Empowering motivated students across the globe to fulfil their potential is at the heart of the QS mission. 

Whether you're exploring your options or have your sights set firmly on a country, university or course, we’ll equip you with the information to make confident decisions about your future.  

#1 global market leader for student insights and guidance (Google Trends 2023)

Unleash your potential with powerful insights

With tens of thousands of institutions and hundreds of thousands of programmes, finding the perfect university can feel tough at times. But QS makes it easier. 

Harnessing billions of data points, we distil the most important information into clear, relevant and user-friendly resources. 

We’re perhaps best-known for our rankings. And for good reason: The QS World University Rankings let you easily compare over 1,500 universities and 15,700 academic programmes spanning 104 locations. They’re the most widely read rankings in the world, and the only rankings to spotlight employability and sustainability, reflecting the growing demand for visible, real-world impact.

The QS Stars rating system dives even deeper, providing a comprehensive analysis of universities and shining a light on the areas they excel in beyond their position on the ranking tables. 

Career-ready for the real world

At QS, we know that a great education should prepare you not just for exams, but for the world of work. By combining real-time data from 170 million+ global job listings, insights from 40,000+ employers and actionable career guidance and training, we’ll make sure you have everything you need to graduate ready for success in the future workforce.

Be heard, make a difference

Students have been our priority from day one. We listen and we learn from you. And the QS International Student Survey is your platform to voice your views. 

With more than 485,000 respondents over the last five years alone, it’s fair to say we understand what’s important to you better than anyone else in the sector.

We ask the important questions – the ones that get to the heart of what matters most to you. And we use those insights to guide our own work and help universities understand and serve their students. 

Higher education resources all in one place

Each year, more than 60 million visitors head to our flagship websites, TopUniversities and TopMBA. Like you, they’re keen to take charge of their future, leveraging insights and expertise from thousands of guides, articles, videos and tools. 

With a digital footprint reaching 97% of the planet, we're a vast and vibrant global community where anyone, anywhere, can be inspired and empowered to achieve their academic goals.

Our work gets the world talking, garnering more than 124,000 media mentions in 2023 alone. We’re sparking conversations, shaping action, and shaking up the higher education sector and beyond.

Connect face to face with QS events

Each year, QS events bring together students and representatives from hundreds of top universities around the world.

With more than 300 in-person and virtual events, it’s a chance to get the facts straight from the source, receive personalised application advice, apply for exclusive scholarships, and build connections to inspire and support your journey.

Apply to your dream university

QS Apply supports your application process with free, expert guidance. From choosing your perfect programme amongst our 400+ university partners to clicking submit on your application form, securing your visa to stepping off the plane and onto campus, our counsellors can help at every point. 

“Working with a QS enrolment expert was the most wonderful experience. She helped me all the way from start to finish until I received my visa and enrolled.”

- Okosun Victory Osahon, from Nigeria

You can book a free session with one of our student counsellors here.

Building a sustainable future

Certified CarbonNeutral® since 2019, we’ve been cutting our footprint with efficiency initiatives and supporting verified forestry projects in Brazil to offset emissions we can't eliminate. Alongside our sustainability rankings, ratings and thought leadership, it’s just one of the ways we’re making a difference.

QS CarbonNeutral Company certification