The University of California San Diego has been named the globe’s 16th best university by U.S. News and World Report. The campus was also recognized as the nation’s 5th best public university in the fourth annual rankings, which measure factors such as research, global and regional reputation; international collaboration; as well as the number of highly-cited papers and doctorates awarded.
The Best Global Universities issue of U.S. News also ranked individual disciplines. Looking at computer science programs worldwide, UC San Diego's Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department ranked #24 among global institutions.
UC San Diego's overall rank at #16 is consistent with the university's position in two other widely followed world rankings. Both the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) named UC San Diego the globe’s #15 university overall.
“UC San Diego is proud to receive this recognition and to have the academic achievements of our faculty and students commended by U.S News and World Report,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “As a top-ranked public research university, UC San Diego advances the frontiers of knowledge to find innovative, non-conventional solutions to global challenges and make the world a better place.”
In reacting to the latest rankings, UC San Diego also noted its cutting-edge research and stellar faculty are now known throughout the world. The campus pointed out that such faculty include CSE professor Stefan Savage, who was recently named a 2017 MacArthur 'genius' award recipient for his work in cybersecurity.
The overall rankings evaluate 1,250 universities – up from 1,000 last year – across 74 countries. The schools that rank the highest in the Best Global Universities rankings are those that emphasize academic research, including by partnering with international scholars to produce highly cited articles (whereas US News' Best Colleges U.S. rankings measure the overall quality of undergraduate institutions.