Channeling all the fun that comes with the spirit of competition, we've looked at the list of the best universities in America, which switches -- ever so slightly -- year to year between ivy leaguers and their prestigious competitors.

Since it's the London Summer Olympics are starting, we're using the Times Higher Education release of its World University Rankings for 2011-2012 to see how the United States stacked up against universities around the world.

Check out the list below to see which schools cracked the top 25:

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  • 1. California Institute of Technology

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  • 2. Harvard University

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  • 2. Stanford University

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  • 4. University of Oxford

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  • 5. Princeton University

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  • 6. University of Cambridge

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  • 7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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  • 8. Imperial College London

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  • 9. University of Chicago

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  • 10. University of California, Berkeley

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  • 11. Yale University

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  • 12. Columbia University

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  • 13. University of California, Los Angeles

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  • 14. Johns Hopkins University

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  • 15. ETH Zürich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich

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  • 16. University of Pennsylvania

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  • 17. University College London

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  • 18. University of Michigan

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  • 19. University of Toronto

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  • 20. Cornell University

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  • 21. Carnegie Mellon University

  • 22. University of British Columbia

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  • 22. Duke University (tie)

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  • 24. Georgia Institute of Technology

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  • 25. University of Washington

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