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Life Sciences at UC San Diego Ranked 11th Best in World

August 21, 2015

By Kim McDonald

The 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University has ranked UC San Diego’s life sciences program as the 11th best in the world.

UC San Diego was ranked as the 14th best university in the world and the 12th best university nationally. The life sciences were the campus’s highest ranked program in the survey.

Other programs ranked highly at UC San Diego in the survey were engineering, ranked 14th; clinical medicine and pharmacy, ranked 20th; social sciences, 26th, and natural sciences and mathematics, 26th. Selected subject field rankings for the campus include computer science (14), chemistry (18), economics (19) and mathematics (30).

In the life sciences, UC San Diego ranked above the University of Oxford, Columbia University, Cornell University and UCLA. Harvard University, the University of Cambridge and Stanford University were ranked in the top three.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities uses six indicators to evaluate world universities: the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals; the number of highly cited researchers; the number of articles published in the journals Nature and Science; the number of articles indexed in the Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index; and per capita performance.

The world university  survey evaluated more than 1,200 universities and published the top 500 on the web. For more information on the Academic Ranking of World Universities list, go to