UC Berkeley Again Ranks as a Top Global University

Campus ranked #4 for fifth straight year

For the fifth straight year, UC Berkeley tops the list of public universities in global rankings by U.S. News & World Report!

And, for the third year in a row, the campus ranks 4th-best overall among publics and privates.

U.S. News’ 2020 rankings evaluated 1,500 universities across 81 countries based on published academic research and reputation, among other criteria.

Just as they did last year, Harvard, MIT and Stanford claimed the top three spots, with the UK’s University of Oxford right behind Berkeley to round out the top five.

As for the Top 5 public universities, UC Berkeley ranked first globally, followed by the University of Washington, UCLA, UCSF and the University of Michigan.

The U.S. News & World Report’s sixth annual "Best Global University Rankings," issued last week, use more than a dozen indicators to measure a university’s international and regional reputation and performance in academic research.

On a scale of zero to 100, Berkeley’s global score this year is 90.3.

The campus placed fourth for its global research standing and fourth for regional research reputation.

Across 23 subject ratings, UC Berkeley ranked:

  • 1st in chemistry
  • 2nd in environment/ecology
  • 3rd in economics and business, space science and physics
  • 4th in biology and biochemistry and in plant and animal science
  • 5th in mathematics, materials science and in civil engineering

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