UCLA has been named the No. 2 public university in the United States and the 11th best in the world — public or private — in the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities, which was published today.
The rankings, issued by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, use six criteria to measure excellence, including number of alumni and faculty winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, highly cited researchers, papers published in the journals Nature and Science, papers listed in major citation indices and the per capita academic performance of an institution.
The top 10 in order were Harvard University, Stanford University, University of Cambridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, UC Berkeley, Princeton University, University of Oxford, Columbia University, California Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago.
Earlier this week, UCLA was ranked the No. 3 public university — and No. 4 overall — in Money Magazine’s 2019 Best Colleges in America list. The ranking, which focuses on the quality and cost of four-year, post-secondary institutions in the United States, weighed 26 factors in the categories of quality of education, affordability and outcomes. UCLA was one of four University of California campuses included in the Top 10.
Regardless of methodology, UCLA consistently performs well in multiple rankings that use a wide range of criteria.
In 2018, UCLA was named the No. 1 U.S. public university in both the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges ranking and Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education survey. UCLA was also named the No. 2 U.S. public university (17 overall) by Times Higher Education in its 2019 World University Rankings and No. 2 (No. 9 overall) in its 2019 World Reputation Rankings.