UC Berkeley ranks No. 4 in US News global universities list

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UC Berkeley ranks as fourth-best global university, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2022 listing.

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UC Berkeley was ranked the fourth-best global university by the U.S. News & World Report for 2022, defending its place among other top universities.

Seven UC campuses are in the top 100 for U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Global Universities Rankings. On the list, campus is the top public university, followed by UC San Francisco ranked third-best and UCLA ranked fourth-best as public UCs.

Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University ranked first, second and third as global universities on the list, respectively.

“Looking at the list, all of the universities ranked above us are Ivy League or Ivy equivalent,” ASUC Executive Vice President Giancarlo Fernandez said in an email. “Which means according to US News, we are ranked the number one public university in the world. It’s an incredible honor.”

This is the eighth consecutive year campus has been ranked the top public university in the world, according to campus spokesperson Janet Gilmore.

Thirteen factors were taken into account when compiling the global university rankings, according to a press release from U.S. News & World Report. These factors include the number of scholarly papers affiliated with a university and published in influential academic journals, the number of citations per academic paper and the amount of international collaboration a university engages in.

“For some public U.S. universities, conducting cutting-edge research and producing top academic papers are among their strengths, but these aspects are not measured in the Best Colleges rankings,” the press release states.

After all factors are calculated, universities get a score out of 100, according to the press release. This year, campus received a score of 89.4.

Campus also ranked highly in 34 out of 43 of the U.S. News 2022 Best Global Universities Subject Rankings, including second out of 1,000 schools for chemistry and third out of 250 schools for space science.

The ranking methodologies for the subject rankings vary by subject, according to another U.S. News press release.

The rankings for campus are consistent with other recent rankings, including UC Berkeley ranking second in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 rankings of America’s top public universities and first in Forbes’ 2021 rankings of America’s top colleges.

“It is terrific news and in line with decades of rankings that place Berkeley at or near the top of the lists of the best universities in the country and world,” Gilmore said in an email.

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