UC Berkeley ranks 1st among public universities again in US News & World Report

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UC Berkeley remains the No. 1 public university in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 college rankings released today.

Several other UC campuses ranked in the nation’s top 50 public schools: UCLA was ranked second, UC Davis and UC San Diego were tied for ninth, UC Santa Barbara ranked 11th, UC Irvine was 14th and UC Santa Cruz, 36th.

The magazine said it made significant changes to this year’s ranking methodology to reduce the weight of input factors, such as the prestige of incoming students, and to increase the weight of output measures, such as graduation rate performance.

UC Berkeley placed 20th in the National University Rankings, sharing the position with Emory University and Georgetown University and moving up one slot from last year’s ranking. The top 10 schools were the same as those last year but with one change: This year’s No. 1 ranked national university is Princeton.

Four other UC campuses placed in the top 50 national universities, including UC Davis and UC San Diego, which tied for 39th; Santa Barbara, 41st; and Irvine, 49th.

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