Office of Planning & Budgeting

July 19, 2019

UW Ranked #28 in the World for Second Straight Year by Times Higher Education (THE)

The University of Washington maintains its #28 rank for second year in a row in the Times Higher Education (THE) 2019 World Reputation Rankings, released Wednesday July 17th. This ranking is commonly used to measure a university’s global impact.

The UW is one of only 11 of our US News top public research university peers to make the top 50 in the reputation ranking. In that group of 11, UW is ranked 4th overall, coming in 4th in both research and instruction.

This ranking is based on an opinion survey sent to published scholars around the world. THE asks scholars to name the top 15 universities that come to mind in two categories:  research and teaching. The ranking score is a count of how many times an institution is named by a respondent as being the best in their field.  This year, Harvard University was cited most often, therefore their score was set to 100 and the rest of the universities were graded on a curve as a percentage of Harvard’s 100 score.

The geographic distribution of responses spanned 135 countries, with 20 percent of the responses coming from scholars in North America.  In the survey, scholars are asked their opinions based on their specific discipline.  Scholars with at least 14 years of experience in their field are invited to respond.  This year, THE received 11,554 responses.

Finally, it is worth noting that the survey data used for the Reputation Ranking serves as one of 11 indicators used to create THE World University Rankings that will be published in the fall.