UW jumps two spots to No. 8 in US News Best Global Universities ranking

The University of Washington moved up two spots to No. 8 on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities rankings, released Tuesday. The UW maintained its No. 2 ranking among U.S. public institutions.

“We are proud to be consistently recognized for the excellence and impact of our scholarship across so many subjects,” UW President Ana Mari Cauce said. “It’s especially gratifying to see the work of outstanding programs like infectious diseases and immunology listed among the very best in the world at a time when we need discovery and innovation in these areas more than ever.”

U.S. News also ranked several subjects, and the UW landed in the top 10 in 10 subject areas, including infectious diseases (No. 6) and computer science (No. 9) joining the top 10 since last year’s rankings were released. The UW also moved up to No. 6 from No. 10 in immunology.

The ranking methodology — which is based on Web of Science data and metrics provided by Clarivate Analytics InCites — weighs factors that measure a university’s global and regional research reputation and academic research performance. For the overall rankings, this includes bibliometric indicators such as publications, citations and international collaboration.

The overall Best Global Universities ranking, now in its sixth year, encompasses the top 1,500 institutions spread across 81 countries, up from 75 countries last year, according to a press release from U.S. News. American universities make up eight of the top 10 spots.

Here are all of the top 10 UW rankings in U.S. News’ subject rankings:

  • Geosciences – No. 5
  • Clinical medicine – No. 6
  • Immunology – No. 6
  • Infectious diseases – No. 6
  • Molecular biology and genetics – No. 6
  • Surgery – No. 6
  • Social sciences and public health – No. 7
  • Microbiology – No. 8
  • Pharmacology and toxicology – No. 8
  • Computer science – No. 9