UW News

October 30, 2018

UW is No. 10 in US News Best Global Universities ranking; No. 2 among US public institutions

UW News

The University of Washington maintained its No. 10 spot on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities rankings, released Tuesday. The UW is second among American public institutions.

“Once again, it’s great to see the University of Washington recognized for the impact of our scholarship and research. This ranking is a tribute to the opportunities we seek to create for the talented students learning at our public institution,” UW President Ana Mari Cauce said.

Now in its fifth year, the Best Global Universities methodology – which is based on Web of Science data and metrics provided by Clarivate Analytics InCites – weighs factors that measure a university’s global and regional research reputation and academic research performance. For the overall rankings, this includes bibliometric indicators such as publications, citations and international collaboration. The top 1,250 schools were ranked.

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

  • Biology and biochemistry (No. 11)
  • Clinical medicine (No. 6)
  • Geosciences (No. 5)
  • Immunology (No. 10)
  • Materials science (No. 25)
  • Microbiology (No. 4)
  • Molecular biology and genetics (No. 8)
  • Neuroscience and behavior (No. 21)
  • Pharmacology and toxicology (No. 4)
  • Physics (No. 24)
  • Social sciences and public health (No. 8)

Separately, also Tuesday, The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked the UW as No. 28 on its new list of America’s Favorite Charities. The UW ranked highest among American public universities. This ranking of 100 charities is based on a group’s cash support — the total value of money and stock it received as gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations. The Chronicle focused exclusively on cash and stock because that money comes directly from individuals. The publication excluded government grants, donated products and contributions to donor-advised funds.


For more information, contact Jackson Holtz at 206-543-2580 or jjholtz@uw.edu.