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UC San Diego Biology Ranks 6th in U.S. News Global Rankings

October 8, 2015

By Kim McDonald

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Biology at UC San Diego ranked sixth in the world in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Global Universities 2016 edition.

UC San Diego also received high marks in neuroscience and behavior (6),  biochemistry (6), psychiatry and psychology (7), computer science (9), as well as molecular biology and genetics (10).

The campus is one of only five public universities in the U.S. to make the top 20 in the list of the world’s top 750 colleges. The rankings measure factors such as research, global and regional reputation, international collaboration as well as number of highly-cited papers and doctorates awarded.

“We are very proud that UC San Diego’s premier academic programs continue to gain recognition worldwide,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “This new ranking recognizes the strengths our rich academic portfolio and the talent of our faculty members.”

Other areas in which UC San Diego’s programs were listed in the top 35 include:

  • Geosciences (13)
  • Immunology (14)
  • Microbiology (16)
  • Clinical Medicine (19)
  • Plant and Animal Science (19)
  • Social Sciences and Public Health (22)
  • Engineering (23)
  • Environment/Ecology (28)
  • Economics and Business (32)
  • Art and Humanities (33)

The Best Global Universities methodology – which is based on data and metrics provided by Thomson Reuters – weighs factors that measure a university’s global and regional reputation; academic research performance using bibliometric indicators; and school-level data on faculty and Ph.D. graduates. Each subject ranking has its own, similar methodology.

The overall Best Global Universities rankings encompass the top 750 institutions across 57 countries. For the complete list of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Global Universities, visit U.S. News Regional Rankings.