UC Rankings

UC Rankings | International & National

The University of California System is known throughout the world, and has an outstanding reputation, both nationally and internationally, for many programs. What follows are just a handful of current UC Rankings, and the list continues to grow each year. Rival Private School, University of Southern California, is included below to emphasis how the public University of California system ranks above many private schools such as USC by most accounts.

International and National Rankings 2015
Shanghai Jiao Tong Universitys ARWU 2015 4 12 14 57 38 49
Times World University Rankings 8 12 39 44 39 68
QS World University Rankings 2015 27 26 44 85 129 130
US NEWS 2015 20 23 39 41 37 23
FORBES 2015 35 45 123 121 103 71
Payscale ROI 2015 11 92 44 115 166 146
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The various methods used to rank the schools above vary considerably between the ranking organizations. With this in mind, the pattern of ranking high by many different organizations seems to carry considerably more weight than by one measure alone.

Why even consider rankings?

Use rankings as a third party gauge of which school is worth your investment, the same way colleges use standardized tests as a third party measure of a students college preparedness. Decide which areas are the most important to you then…

Make your own list and rank the schools by YOUR STANDARDS

  • Graduation rates
  • Student happiness (sophomore return rate & student reviews)
  • Cost (Debt)
  • Housing (Availability,Cost and Safety)
  • Campus safety (and surrounding area)
  • Prestige (International/National Rankings)
  • Academic program offerings
  • Location (Urban, College Town, Beach Town)
  • Student population
  • Alumni giving rates (Alumni satisfaction)
  • Male/Female student ratio
  • Course availability (impacted)
  • Research opportunity (schools with smaller graduate student populations rely more heavily on undergraduate student participation for research)