UCLA places 2nd among U.S. public universities in 2012 world rankings
By Claudia Luther August 15, 2012 Category: Campus News
The annual Academic Ranking of World Universities, released today by China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University, places UCLA second among U.S. public universities and 12th among all universities — the same positions the campus held in the 2011 rankings.
This prestigious survey is based heavily on faculty publications and research citations, as well as the number of alumni and faculty who have won Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals. UCLA's faculty includes five Nobel laureates, and in 2006, mathematics professor Terence Tao was awarded the prestigious Fields, widely considered the "Nobel Prize in mathematics."
While methodologies differ, UCLA continues to perform well in multiple rankings despite significant reductions in state support in recent years. For example, in the closely watched U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, issued last fall, UCLA placed second among public universities and 25th overall.
The campus also fared very well in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 rankings of the Best graduate schools and the London Times Higher Education's 2012 World Reputation Rankings.
Among both public and private universities in the world, the top 10 in this year's Academic Ranking of World Universities included (in order of ranking): Harvard University, Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, UC Berkeley (which also ranked No. 1 among public universities), the University of Cambridge, the California Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Columbia University, the University of Chicago and the University of Oxford. Yale was No. 11.
In addition to UCLA and UC Berkeley, four other UC campuses ranked in the top 50 overall: UC San Diego (15), UC San Francisco (18), UC Santa Barbara (34), UC Irvine (45) and UC Davis (47).