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October 13, 2021

Rankings: UW among best in world for education, social sciences, business and law

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The University of Washington is one of the best places to study education in the world, according to Times Higher Education. Students shown here working on an assignment in 2018.Mark Stone/University of Washington

The University of Washington is among the best universities in the world for the studies of education, social sciences, business and law, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022.

The rankings, released today, show that the UW moved up three spots to be No. 18 in education, placing eighth among U.S. public universities. Education includes the following disciplines: education, teacher training and academic studies in education. This year’s education ranking includes 597 universities.


You can read more about UW subject rankings that were previously released:  health and life sciences and computer science and engineering.

Social sciences, which includes communication and media studies, politics and international studies, sociology and geography, rose five places to be No. 26 in the world, or sixth among U.S. public universities. There were 870 universities ranked in this field.

Meanwhile, business and economics ranked No. 45, or sixth among U.S. public universities. Business and economics include the following disciplines: business and management, accounting and finance, and economics and econometrics. Some 795 universities worldwide were ranked in this subject.

The final subject ranking released was law, where UW placed No. 76 in the world, out of 257 institutions that were included on the list.

The subject tables employ the same range of 13 performance indicators used in the overall World University Rankings 2022; however, the methodology is recalibrated for each subject, with the weightings changed to suit the individual fields.