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University of California ranks among best in the world

seal 3dgold.smallThe 2009 rankings from the Institute of Higher Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China place seven University of California campuses among the top 50 universities in the world. The rankings, which include both public and private institutions, are based on several indicators of academic or research performance, including major international awards won by alumni or staff, highly cited researchers, articles published in selected top journals and articles indexed by major citation indexes.
The rankings for UC are: UC Berkeley, 3; UCLA, 13; UC San Diego, 14; UC San Francisco, 18; UC Santa Barbara, 35; UC Irvine, 46; and UC Davis, 49. View the full list.

UC also ranked highly in several other recent rankings.

U.S. News & World Report

 America's Best Hospitals: the 2009-10 Honor Roll

The honor roll comprises "the best of the best — the 0.4 percent of all hospitals with high scores in six or more specialties." The University of California had two medical centers in the top 10 of the honor roll, with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles at No. 3 on the list and University of California, San Francisco Medical Center at No. 7. View the full list.

 America's Best Colleges

UC Berkeley remains the No. 1 public university in the country as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, and UCLA scores the No. 2 spot in the magazine's 2010 America's Best Colleges guide. Six UC campuses ranked among the top 15 public national universities, and eight campuses ranked in the top 50. In addition, UCLA (35 percent) and UC Berkeley (32 percent) lead the list of elite universities with the highest percentages of low-income students.
See full list of public school rankings and full list of both public and private schools.

Washington Monthly

The 2009 rankings "aim to provide a measure of not just what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country" looking at social mobility, research, and service. UC grabbed the top three spots (UC Berkeley, UC San Diego and UCLA), and had five campuses in the top 20 (UC Davis and UC Riverside). View the full list.

The Arizona State University Center for Measuring University Performance's Top American Research Universities 2008

The Center for Measuring University Performance ranks U.S. research universities by nine measures: total research, federal research, endowment assets, annual giving, National Academy members, faculty awards, doctorates granted, postdoctoral appointees and SAT/ACT scores. In the top tier among American research universities (those in the top 25 of at least one of the nine measures), UC had six campuses (UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSF, UC San Diego, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara). Among public universities, UC Berkeley and UCLA were among seven universities to be ranked in the top 25 in all nine measures. See the rankings.

Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings 2009

The Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings are based on reviews by academic peers and employers, as well as data on citations per faculty, staffing levels and the proportions of international faculty and students. The 2009 global rankings include three UC campuses in the top 100: UCLA, 32; UC Berkeley, 39; and UC San Diego, 76. See the full list. College Salary Report 2009

PayScale, a Seattle-based firm that provides global online compensation data, measured U.S. colleges by how much their alumni earn. Among public colleges, UC had six campuses in the top 20: UC Berkeley, 1; UC San Diego, 5; UC Santa Barbara, 8; UCLA, 11; UC Davis, 14; and UC Irvine, 18. View the full list.

The Princeton Review Best 371 Colleges 2010 Edition

The Princeton Review, a New York-based education services company also known for its test-prep courses, released its annual college guide that asked 122,000 students at 371 top colleges to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report on their experiences. UC had three campuses (UC San Diego, UC Irvine and UC Davis) on the list of 50 Best Value Colleges, and UC San Diego was ranked as one of the Top 10 Best Value Public Colleges. UC Berkeley is on its Green Honor Roll, which salutes 15 colleges that received a Green Rating of 99 (the highest score). See the full list.

Newsweek-Kaplan College Guide 

The 2009 Newsweek-Kaplan College Guide imagined 25 different types of students and found an environment that would work best for each one, rating UC Santa Cruz as the best place for "Overachievers Who Need to Stop and Look Around."

Sierra magazine Green College Guide 2009

Sierra measures campuses as individual institutions, but in 2008, recognized UC's systemwide achievements by saying the 10 campuses are "in a league of their own" and a "shining star." In 2009, three UC campuses were featured in the "Ten Coolest Schools" issue: UC Santa Cruz, 7; UC Berkeley, 8; and UCLA, 9.

The next release of the widely respected National Research Council rankings of U.S. research doctorate programs is expected later this year.

UC does not endorse any particular set of rankings and cautions users to consider the differing methodologies employed. This summary is offered as a guide to various rankings in the news.

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