By Molly Brown

Stanford. MIT. Harvard. The top three most innovative universities are predictable enough, but there’s a nice surprise at No. 4 — the University of Washington.

Reuters posted its ranking of the world’s most innovative universities, and UW outranked other highly respected institutions around the globe to stand among the elite top 10.

Reuters explains why UW made No. 4, its ranking boosted by the large amount of research grants and contracts the UW receives, amounting to $1.39 billion in 2014; the university’s ability to pull federal funding (more than any other public university in the States); and the large number of students pursuing STEM degrees (36.7 percent).

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