UW News

August 27, 2019

Rankings: UW is No. 14 in the world, third among U.S. public universities; makes Money and Washington Monthly lists

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Suzzallo Library at nightThe University of Washington held its position at No. 14 in the world — No. 3 among U.S. public universities — on the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities, released this month.

“We are honored by this recognition that the University of Washington is a world leader in advancing knowledge and discovery. These rankings speak to the incredible impact of our faculty, students, and alumni whose work is opening doors to new cures and treatments and a greater understanding of everything from systems of government to the farthest reaches of the cosmos,” UW President Ana Mari Cauce said.

This global ranking was first published in 2003 by Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Center for World-Class Universities. Since 2009, the ranking has been published by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, which is not affiliated with any university. This year, the ranking included 1,000 universities around the world.

The consultancy calculates its rankings based on a university’s external recognition. The components of the ranking include: total number of alumni and faculty winning major awards; number of highly cited researchers employed; and the number of papers published and cited. The UW scored especially high in the number of faculty-authored articles indexed in major science and social-science citation indices. More information about the ranking’s methodology is available on the organization’s website.

The UW placed well in two other rankings, also released this month.

The UW is tied for No. 22 on MONEY Magazine’s 2019 list of Best Colleges for Your Money.

And, the UW ranked No. 19 in the national universities category of the 2019 Washington Monthly College Rankings. The Monthly says the magazine calls attention to colleges that serve the best interests of taxpayers and the country as a whole—including by enrolling and graduating students of modest means.