UCLA is No. 2 among the nation’s public universities and No. 23 overall in the 2016 U.S. News and World Report “Best Colleges Rankings.”
The report, published today, places UCLA in a tie with Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Southern California in the overall rankings.
“I am tremendously proud that UCLA has once again been recognized as one of the best institutions of higher learning in the world,” said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. “This achievement is due to the spectacular efforts and accomplishments of UCLA faculty, staff and students from all walks of life who are tirelessly committed to improving the planet through discovery, service and inclusion.”
UCLA received the highest score for economic diversity among all national universities, based in part on the fact that 39 percent of UCLA undergraduate students receive Pell Grants. Also contributing to the campus’s overall ranking were its high graduation and freshman retention rates.
U.S. News also issues rankings according to more specific measures. Among the “best colleges for veterans,” the publication chose UCLA as the No. 1 public institution (tied for No. 18 overall). UCLA was No. 3 among public universities (tied for No. 8 overall) in “campus ethnic diversity” and tied for the No. 4 public university (tied for No. 27 overall) among “high school counselors’ top college picks,” which is based on academic advisers’ impressions of the quality of undergraduate education at each institution.
Four other University of California campuses were among the top 10 public universities in the overall rankings: Berkeley, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Irvine. At the top of the list were Princeton, Harvard and Yale, with Columbia, Stanford and the University of Chicago tied for fourth. The U.S. News methodology emphasizes factors that tend to favor private universities, such as endowment size, rate of alumni giving and student–faculty ratio.
UCLA has consistently been recognized in a wide range of national and international rankings. In August, Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked UCLA second among U.S. public institutions and No. 12 overall, and the latest Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings placed UCLA sixth based on its service in the public interest. UCLA was also ranked second among U.S. public institutions in London’s Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings and No. 12 worldwide in the Times’ World University Rankings.