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October 26, 2022

UW is No. 6 in the world, according to US News Best Global Universities

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The UW is No. 6 in the world, according to US News & World Report’s Best Global Universities ranking.Mark Stone/University of Washington

The University of Washington rose from No. 7 to No. 6 on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities rankings, released on Tuesday. The UW maintained its No. 2 ranking among U.S. public institutions.

U.S. News also ranked several subjects, and the UW placed in the top 10 in 10 subject areas, including immunology (No. 4), molecular biology and genetics (No. 5) and clinical medicine (No. 6).

In another ranking out this week, Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 by Subject, six subject areas at the UW placed in the top 25.

“As a global public research university, the UW’s mission is to create and accelerate change for the public good,” UW President Ana Mari Cauce said. “I’m proud that these rankings reflect the outstanding and wide-ranging work of our faculty, staff and students to expand knowledge and discovery that is changing people’s lives for the better, particularly in the health sciences.”

The U.S. News ranking methodology —  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 overall Best Global Universities ranking, now in its ninth year, encompasses the top 2,000 institutions spread across 90 countries, according to U.S. News. American universities make up eight of the top 10 spots.

Here are all the top 10 UW rankings in U.S. News’ subject rankings:

  • Immunology – No. 4
  • Molecular biology and genetics – No. 5
  • Clinical medicine – No. 6
  • Geosciences – No. 7
  • Infectious diseases – No. 7
  • Public, environmental and occupational health – No. 7
  • Social sciences and public health – No. 7
  • Biology and biochemistry – No. 8
  • Microbiology – No. 10

In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject rankings, UW’s programs in these areas placed in the top 25:

  • Computer Science: No. 15
  • Life Sciences (includes agriculture and forestry, biological sciences, veterinary science and sport science): No. 16
  • Clinical and Health (includes medicine, dentistry and other health subjects): No. 17
  • Social Sciences (includes communication and media studies, politics and international studies — including development studies, sociology and geography): No. 18
  • Physical Sciences (includes mathematics and statistics, physics and astronomy, chemistry, geology, environmental sciences, and Earth and marine sciences): No. 19
  • Education (includes education, teacher training, and academic studies in education): No. 23

The subject tables employ the same 13 performance indicators used in the overall World University Rankings 2023; however, the methodology is recalibrated for each subject, with the weightings changed to suit the individual fields.