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Universities / March 19, 2016

Nine University of California campuses placed among the top 150 universities in the world in rankings that focus on the quality of research and faculty released today (Aug. 15) by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

American universities dominated the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities, with UC Berkeley coming in first among public universities, followed closely by UCLA, UC San Diego and UC San Francisco.

UC campuses also did very well in the overall rankings:

  • UC Berkeley, fourth
  • UCLA, 12th
  • UC San Diego, 14th
  • UC San Francisco, 18th
  • UC Santa Barbara, 41st
  • UC Irvine, 47th
  • UC Davis, 55th
  • UC Santa Cruz, 93rd
  • UC Riverside, 101-150th grouping

UC Berkeley has been in the top four of the rankings since they began in 2003. For the first time this year, UC Santa Cruz broke into the top 100.

UC's mix of academic excellence, research prowess and its commitment to social mobility propel its campuses to the top of many college ranking lists.

About 42 percent of UC undergraduates are the first in their families to attend college, and about 40 percent are eligible for Pell Grants, the federal financial aid program for students from families with annual incomes of $55, 000 or less. Other selective public universities average 22 percent low-income students, and selective private universities average 16 percent, according to UC’s annual Accountability Report, which was released in July.

UC produces 40 percent of the undergraduate degrees awarded in California and 70 percent of the doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and math.

Many of those students are contributing to the five inventions a day that UC produces and to the research that helped launch 70 startup California companies in 2014.

Students at all UC campuses perform public service in their communities and around the world. UC historically has been a leading producer of Peace Corps volunteers.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities also rated the top 200 universities in five broad academic areas and five subject areas.

UC rankings in broad academic areas:

Natural sciences and mathematics

1. UC Berkeley
18. UC Santa Barbara
26. UC San Diego
31. UC Irvine
51-75. UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz
76-100. UC Riverside

Engineering-technology and computer sciences

3. UC Berkeley