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UNC No. 33 Among Global Universities

Among U.S. research universities listed, Carolina placed 22nd overall and seventh among public campuses in the 2020 rankings. (Jon Gardiner ’98/UNC-Chapel Hill)

UNC rose one place to 33rd in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the best global universities.

Among U.S. research universities listed, Carolina placed 22nd overall and seventh among public campuses in the 2020 rankings.

The rankings provide a global context for U.S. research schools, evaluating institutions worldwide from 81 countries using 13 indicators that measure reputation, research and academic collaboration. Data for the indicators is collected by Clarivate Analytics InCites.

Harvard University tops the magazine’s list, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Oxford.

The magazine also provided rankings in 11 subject areas. Carolina earned second in the world (and second in the U.S.) for pharmacology and toxicology and eighth in the world (seventh in the U.S.) for social science and public health.

UNC’s rankings in other subject areas are:

• Biology and biochemistry: 42 (24 in the U.S.);

• Chemistry: 64 (25);

• Clinical medicine: 23 (17);

• Economics and business: 71 (34);

• Environment/ecology: 69 (26);

• Immunology: 25 (16);

• Microbiology: 9 (8);

• Molecular biology and genetics: 24 (18); and

• Psychiatry/psychology: tied for 21 (12).

The top 10 schools in the overall ranking are all in either the U.S. or the United Kingdom.

The new edition evaluates schools in 81 countries — up from 75 a year ago. The U.S. has the most universities in the overall ranking with 249, followed by China 188, U.K. 86, Japan 82 and Germany 66.


 

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