UW Today

October 25, 2016

UW maintains No. 11 position in US News Best Global Universities ranking; third among public institutions

The University of Washington maintained its No. 11 spot in the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities rankings. The UW remains the third-ranked public university on the global list, behind University of California, Berkeley (fourth) and UCLA (10th).

“This recognition reflects the work of our faculty and students in seeking answers to problems of global import in the areas of health and medicine, physical sciences and social sciences,” UW President Ana Mari Cauce said. “We are immensely proud of the work being done here, and it’s nice to see the world is noticing.”

The UW is tied with Johns Hopkins University at No. 11 in the new rankings. It was in a three-way tie for No. 14 when U.S. News released its first global rankings for 2015.

The Best Global Universities methodology – which is based on data and metrics provided by Thomson Reuters InCitesTM research analytics solutions – weighs factors that measure a university’s global and regional reputation; academic research performance using bibliometric indicators; and school-level data on faculty and Ph.D. graduates. Each subject ranking has its own, similar methodology (see more on UW’s subject rankings below).

The new U.S. News global ranking comes on the heels of several other recent rankings for the UW. Reuters named the UW among the top five most innovative universities in the world. The Times Higher Education world university ranking placed the UW at No. 25, fourth among U.S. public institutions, and the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities from the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which was released in August and ranked the UW No. 15, also fourth among U.S. public institutions.

The following UW areas of study ranked in the top 25 of the U.S. News & World Report Global University Rankings by subject:

  • Biology and biochemistry (15th)
  • Clinical medicine (sixth)
  • Environment/ecology (13th)
  • Geosciences (fifth)
  • Immunology (sixth)
  • Mathematics (22nd)
  • Microbiology (third)
  • Molecular biology and genetics (sixth)
  • Neuroscience and behavior (20th)
  • Pharmacology and toxicology (fourth)
  • Social sciences and public health (fifth)