UCSF in Top 20 for U.S. News’ 2017 Global Universities Rankings

Report Assessed Universities' Academic Research and Reputation

By Mike Billings

Bassem Al-Sady talks with Nick Sanchez in a lab
Bassem Al-Sady (right), PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, works in his lab on the Parnassus campus with grad student Nick Sanchez. Photo by Susan Merrell

UC San Francisco has ranked as one of the top 20 universities in the world, according to the 2017 Best Global Universities rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.

UCSF in U.S. News Global Universities Rankings

2nd – Immunology

2nd – Neuroscience and Behavior

3rd – Clinical Medicine

3rd – Molecular Biology and Genetics

3rd – Pharmacology and Toxicology

5th – Biology and Biochemistry

5th – Microbiology

17th – Social Sciences and Public Health

30th – Psychiatry/Psychology

UCSF ranked No. 16 overall among the top 1,000 universities globally, and the new rankings also place the University in the top five for seven specialty rankings.

In the specialties, UCSF ranked second for Immunology as well as Neuroscience & Behavior; third for Clinical Medicine, Molecular Biology & Genetics, and Pharmacology & Toxicology; and fifth for Biology & Biochemistry and Microbiology.

The rankings, which focus on schools’ academic research and reputation rather than evaluating undergraduate and graduate programs, aim to help an increasing number of international students accurately compare institutions around the world.

Scores were calculated based on 12 indicators that included the University’s global and regional research reputation, publication record, extent of international collaborations and impact of their citations.

UCSF’s overall ranking is higher than last year’s, which placed the University at 23rd overall.

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