UC Berkeley ranked 2nd best public university in nation by US News & World Report

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UC Berkeley ranked highly in the U.S. News & World Report rankings published Monday, with the UC system as a whole excelling in both the categories of “Top Public Schools” and “Top Performers on Social Mobility.”

All nine UC campuses ranked within the top 100 public and private American universities for the first time, with UC Berkeley ranked number 22. Among public universities, Berkeley ranked second behind UCLA.

UC Berkeley spokesperson Janet Gilmore said the campus was “pleased” to see UC Berkeley ranked highly.

“This has occurred for many decades and we are proud to see it continue, thanks to the dedicated work of our exceptional faculty, staff and students,” Gilmore said in an email. “We congratulate our UC colleagues on their top rankings as well.”

According to Eric Brooks, senior data analyst at U.S. News & World Report, both campus and UCLA had high graduation rates and graduated high proportions of Pell Grant students compared to other top public schools.

“We are pleased that U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings recognize UC as a world-class institution that offers access to hundreds of thousands of students across California and beyond,” said UC President Michael Drake in a UC Office of the President press release.

Four UC campuses were among the top schools for social mobility, with UC Riverside and UC Irvine claiming the top two spots, followed by UC Santa Cruz and UC Merced in fourth and fifth, respectively.

For the social mobility category, schools were ranked based on their numbers of graduating students who received Pell Grants, which are typically awarded to students whose families earn less than $50,000 a year.

“We are proud that UC continues to reach students from diverse social and economic backgrounds, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college,” Drake said in the press release.

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