The 2014 edition of QS World University Ranking, one of the most prestigious ranking lists in the world of higher education, was presented on 19 September. The ranking is based on six indicators where academic reputation is the most important (40 percent). The other indicators are reputation among employees, citations per faculty, student assessments, percentage of international students and percentage of international scientists.

Stockholm University is to be found at 182 this year, which is a drop from last year's placement at 170. Stockholm University is nationally ranked fifth in Sweden: Lund (60), Uppsala (81) Royal Institute of Technology (110) and Chalmers (175).

Stockholm University has climbed eleven positions for the indicator relating to Humanities (70) and one for Science (68), which are the highest scores on the list compared to other universities in Sweden. The University has also advanced from 384 to 305 and 20 percent in weight with regards to the indicator referring to Faculty Students.