Background paper: University rankings

UCLA’s view on the rankings published in the news media

The public is inundated with national and international rankings of the “best” universities. UCLA consistently fares very well in all such rankings, including the best-known, published by U.S. News & World Report.

Here is an overview of some of the more significant and well-known national and international rankings. It includes information on UCLA’s standing, as well as commentary that provides a sense of the factors used to determine the rankings. We have attached charts so that you have a quick snapshot of UCLA's standing in these rankings vis-à-vis other top-tier research universities, both public and private.

UCLA in the Rankings: October 2016
More on rankings

Related discussion:
The State of the Rankings,” Inside Higher Ed

Updated Nov. 29, 2016