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April 3, 2017

UW lands at No. 9 with 45 subjects ranked in the top 10 in Center for World University Rankings inaugural subject list

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The University of Washington landed at No. 9 with 45 subjects ranked in the top 10 in the Center for World University Rankings’ inaugural subjects ranking. The ranking features the top global universities in 227 subjects covering all academic disciplines in the sciences and social sciences. This is the highest the UW has placed in a global subject ranking.

Social work at the UW was ranked as the best such program in the world, while the UW’s oceanography and audiology & speech language pathology programs each ranked second. In all, 22 UW subjects were rated among the top five in the world.

The CWUR Rankings by Subject 2017 highlights the world’s elite universities in the sciences and the social sciences, based on the number of research articles in top-tier journals. Data is obtained from Clarivate Analytics (previously the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters). More information about the methodology is available here.

The new CWUR global subjects ranking joins several others in which the UW is highly regarded. Most recently, the UW had 52 subjects ranked in the top 10 on the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools ranking.

Last fall, the U.S. News Best Global Universities ranking placed the UW at No. 11, while Reuters named the UW among the top five most innovative universities in the world. The National Taiwan University Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities ranked the UW No. 6 in 2016. 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 10 of the CWUR’s subject rankings:

  • Acoustics (6th)
  • Anatomy & morphology (10th)
  • Anesthesiology (6th)
  • Audiology & speech-language pathology (2nd)
  • Biochemical research methods (3rd)
  • Biotechnology & applied microbiology (4th)
  • Critical care medicine (6th)
  • Emergency medicine (4th)
  • Endocrinology & metabolism (8th)
  • Family studies (5th, tied)
  • Fisheries (4th)
  • Genetics & heredity (5th)
  • Geosciences, multidisciplinary (5th)
  • Geriatrics & gerontology (5th)
  • Gerontology (8th)
  • Health care sciences & services (8th)
  • Health policy & services (6th)
  • Hematology (7th)
  • Immunology (4th)
  • Infectious diseases (4th)
  • Information science & library science (6th)
  • Mathematical & computational biology (6th)
  • Medical informatics (3rd, tied)
  • Medical laboratory technology (8th)
  • Medicine, general & internal (5th)
  • Medicine, research & experimental (4th)
  • Meteorology & atmospheric sciences (6th)
  • Microbiology (3rd)
  • Oceanography (2nd)
  • Otorhinolaryngology (10th)
  • Parasitology (8th)
  • Pediatrics (7th)
  • Peripheral vascular disease (5th)
  • Psychology, applied (7th)
  • Psychology, clinical (9th)
  • Public, environmental & occupational health (5th)
  • Rehabilitation (10th)
  • Social sciences, interdisciplinary (7th)
  • Social work (1st)
  • Sport sciences (6th)
  • Statistics & probability (4th)
  • Toxicology (8th)
  • Urology & nephrology (8th)
  • Virology (3rd, tied)
  • Women’s studies (5th)