UW News

October 6, 2015

UW climbs to No. 11 in U.S. News Global University Rankings

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The University of Washington moved up three spots to No. 11 overall in the second edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Global University Rankings. The UW is also the third-ranked public university on the global list, behind University of California, Berkeley (third) and UCLA (eighth).globe-TILE

“We’re on a roll. From innovation to social mobility, this and the other recent rankings the UW has earned demonstrate the full breadth and depth of what a leading public research university can deliver to the students and state it serves. This newest ranking is further validation of the work our students, faculty, staff and alumni do every day to create a world of good,” said Ana Mari Cauce, UW interim president.

The UW was in a three-way tie for No. 14 when U.S. News released its first global rankings last year. 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 the fourth most innovative university in the world – top among public universities; Washington Monthly named the UW the No. 7 university in the country and the “best bang for your buck” in the west; and the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities named the UW No. 15 (fourth among public institutions) on the planet for the second consecutive year, and subsequently released an alternate ranking – removing Nobel Prizes and Field Medals that may have been won dozens of years ago from consideration – in which the UW ranked No. 9.

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 (13th, tied)
  • Clinical medicine (eighth)
  • Environment/ecology (14th)
  • Geosciences (sixth)
  • Immunology (sixth)
  • Mathematics (16th)
  • Microbiology (second)
  • Molecular biology and genetics (sixth)
  • Neuroscience and behavior (23rd)
  • Pharmacology and toxicology (sixth)
  • Social sciences and public health (eighth, tied)
  • Space science (24th, tied)