UC Berkeley ranks No. 6 in World Reputation Rankings

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For the seventh year in a row, UC Berkeley has ranked among the top six universities in the world, according to the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.

The World Reputation Rankings, which ranks 100 universities from around the world based on teaching and research quality, was started seven years ago by the United Kingdom-based publication. The Times Higher Education, THE, asks experienced, published scholars across academic disciplines to name a maximum of 15 universities which they believe to be best for teaching and research.

UC Berkeley came in sixth place after Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of Cambridge and University of Oxford.

Princeton University, Yale University, University of Chicago and California Institute of Technology also made the top 10.

This year THE received more than 10,000 responses from 137 countries between January and March. The ranking lists 100 universities with the most amounts of nominations by scholars, with 100 being the highest numerical score a university can receive.

Harvard University received the max score of 100 in all three categories — overall, research and teaching. UC Berkeley received an overall score of 60.3, meaning that UC Berkeley was mentioned around 60 times for every 100 times Harvard was mentioned in the university list submitted by scholars.

ASUC Senator Jenny Kim said that, while the campus has undoubtedly “earned its way” to the top in terms of academics and research, she is concerned that the ranking fails to take into consideration important issues such as housing, mental health of the students and sexual assault.

“It makes me proud as a UC Berkeley student to see how far our campus is ranked on an international scale,” Kim said in a Facebook message. “But Berkeley cannot forget to recognize and act upon the factors that we currently lack on.”

While the campus has managed to secure its No. 6 spot on the ranking since the list began, this year many Western universities were surpassed by climbing Asian universities.

China’s Tsinghua University and Peking University now stand at No. 14 and No. 17 respectively, both climbing four spots since last year and overtaking North American institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University.

North American institutions, however, still hold the majority of spots on the list. Universities from 19 countries of all continents beside Africa and Antarctica are represented in this edition.

Christine Lee is an assistant news editor. Contact Christine Lee at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @christinejlee17.

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  • ESPM360

    UC Berkeley rates down at the bottom of Support Free Speech List. As did UCLA, Cal State LA, DePaul, Evergreen State.

  • Kurt VanderKoi

    QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017
    UC Berkeley:
    World Rankings (2017): 28
    USA Rankings (2017): 28
    See: https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2016

  • thompson_richard

    America’s Best Value Colleges
    2017 RANKING:

  • thompson_richard

    Rank Name State Tuition (in-state for public schools) Total Student Population
    #1 University of California, Berkeley CA $12,972 37,565
    #2 University of California, Los Angeles CA $12,705 41,845
    #3 Princeton University NJ $41,820 8,088
    #4 University of Florida FL $6,313 49,459
    #5 Harvard University MA $43,938 28,791
    #6 Massachusetts Institute of Technology MA $45,016 11,319
    #7 Stanford University CA $45,195 16,963
    #8 University of California, Irvine CA $13,179 30,051
    #9 University of California, Davis CA $13,896 34,508
    #10 Brigham Young University UT $5,000 30,484
    #11 University of California, San Diego CA $13,427 30,709
    #12 Duke University NC $47,243 15,856
    #13 Yale University CT $45,800 12,336
    #14 Rice University TX $40,566 6,621
    #15 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC $8,336 29,135
    #16 Amherst College MA $48,526 1,792
    #17 Cornell University NY $47,286 21,679
    #18 Dartmouth College NH $48,108 6,298
    #19 California Institute of Technology CA $43,362 2,209
    #20 University of Virginia VA $13,208 23,732
    #21 Georgetown University DC $46,744 17,858
    #22 University of California, Santa Barbara CA $13,865 23,051
    #23 Brown University RI $47,434 9,181
    #24 Vanderbilt University TN $43,838 12,686
    #25 Wellesley College MA $45,078 2,323
    #26 Williams College MA $48,310 2,126
    #27 Pomona College CA $45,832 1,650
    #28 University of Chicago IL $49,380 15,097
    #29 Haverford College PA $47,214 1,194
    #30 University of Washington, Seattle WA $12,394 44,784
    #31 University of Maryland, College Park MD $9,427 37,610
    #32 Claremont McKenna College CA $47,395 1,324
    #33 Northwestern University IL $47,251 21,554
    #34 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI $13,486 43,625
    #35 College of William & Mary VA $17,656 8,437
    #36 Emory University GA $45,008 14,769
    #37 Barnard College NY $46,040 2,573
    #38 Tufts University MA $48,643 10,907
    #39 Boston College MA $47,436 14,317
    #40 Johns Hopkins University MD $47,060 21,372

  • SecludedCompoundTTYS

    Let’s just say Berkeley is extremely lucky of where it is located or it would drop significantly IMO.

    • Professor S Freeman

      Sure, Berkeley is a WONDERFUL location!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      See: Hayward Fault UC Berkeley: http://earthquakes.berkeley.edu/docs/HF_Tour_Stadium.pdf

      • SecludedCompoundTTYS

        LOL, I’m talking about its location related to jobs silly youngin’.

        • Deplorable in the U.P.

          Yeah, but it was funny. Especially since I just delivered my kid there yesterday.
          I know…I’m bragging.

          • SecludedCompoundTTYS

            it’s braggable :) congrats!

          • Deplorable in the U.P.

            Thanks. I appreciate that.

  • Charlie Chan

    Best Value Colleges in California (see College ROI Report with SUPPORTING DETAIL)

    1. Harvey Mudd College(Private) 20 Year Net ROI $962,000
    2. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)(Private) 20 Year Net ROI $864,000
    3. California State University, Maritime (CSUM)(In-State)20 Year Net ROI $826,000
    4. California State University, Maritime (CSUM)(Out-of-State)20 Year Net ROI $781,000
    5. Stanford University(Private)20 Year Net ROI $761,000
    6. University of California – Berkeley(In-State)20 Year Net ROI $732,000
    7. California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) – San Luis Obispo(In-State)20 Year Net ROI$678,000
    8. University of California – Berkeley(Out-of-State) 20 Year Net ROI $638,000
    9. California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) – San Luis Obispo(Out-of-State)20 Year Net ROI $633,000

    Also, University of California – Berkeley is ranked 21 (In-State) and 41 (Out-of-State) in the USA

    • thompson_richard

      UC Berkeley is #1 in Forbes’ (UCLA #2) Best Return on Investment.

      • Charlie Chan

        Please provide the link.