UCLA ranked No. 1 public university by U.S. News & World Report

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Researchers like chemistry professor Miguel García-Garibay are just a part of why UCLA excels in rankings.

UCLA tops the list of U.S. public universities in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings, which are published today.

It is wonderful to see UCLA recognized for our many academic achievements and the impact of our research,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said. “As a world-class university dedicated to the public good, we can also take great pride in being acknowledged for the access, opportunity and economic mobility UCLA provides to students from all backgrounds throughout California and the world.”

Five other University of California campuses were among the top 12 public universities in the overall rankings: Berkeley (No. 2), Santa Barbara (5), Irvine (7), UC Davis (11) and San Diego (12).

In the overall rankings UCLA was tied for 19th with Washington University in St. Louis.

The top 18 institutions on the list are private universities, led by Princeton and Harvard, with Columbia, MIT, the University of Chicago and Yale tied for third. The publication’s methodology includes factors that tend to favor private universities, such as endowment size, rate of alumni giving and student–faculty ratio.

UCLA also shined in category-specific rankings published as part of the report. UCLA was ranked No. 1 for economic diversity among the top 25 universities, based on the number of undergraduate students receiving Pell Grants (36 percent at UCLA). In addition, the publication chose UCLA as the No. 1 public institution among the “best colleges for veterans” and No. 4 among all universities, which is up one spot from 2018.

In addition: 

  • UCLA tied for No. 3 among public universities (tied for No. 23 overall) among “high school counselors’ top college picks,” which is calculated based on guidance counselors’ assessment of the quality of undergraduate academic programs.
  • UCLA tied for No. 8 among U.S. public universities (tied for No. 13 overall) for ethnic diversity.
  • UCLA tied for No. 10 among public universities’ engineering schools that offer doctorates (tied for No. 18 among public and private institutions).

UCLA consistently performs well in a broad range of national and international rankings.

Most recently, UCLA was ranked No. 1 among U.S. public universities in the Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal rankings of U.S. universities. In August, UCLA was ranked No. 2 among American public universities and No. 11 worldwide among public and private universities in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. In April, UCLA was ranked as the No. 1 best-value public university by the Princeton Review. 

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  • Miguel Garcia-Garibay laboratory

    Miguel García-Garibay in his laboraotry with members of his research team.

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