Berkeley third in ‘U.S. News’ global rankings

In a new set of U.S. News & World Report rankings, UC Berkeley placed third in the world, behind only Harvard and MIT.

And as it does in ranking after ranking, Berkeley starred as the top U.S. public university included in U.S. News’s “Best Global Universities Rankings,” made public this week. Just last month, Berkeley came in first among U.S. public universities in the same magazine’s “Guide to the Best American Colleges.”

UCLA also made the top 10 on the new list, placing 8th.

In the new rankings, Berkeley placed first in the world in chemistry and environment/ecology, second in mathematics and physics and third in biology and biochemistry, engineering, plant and animal science and space science. Five other subject areas ranked in the top 10.

The new list covers 570 universities and colleges in 57 countries, up from the 500 in 49 countries ranked by U.S. News last year, when Berkeley also took the No. 3 spot and was the top public. They’re evaluated on the basis of 12 indicators that measure their academic research performance and global and regional reputations, according to U.S. News.

Other rankings depend on different methodologies or start with a different set of information. Last month, Times Higher Education placed Berkeley at 13th globally, and the top U.S. public university. The Academic Ranking of World Universities released in August also rated Berkeley the top public, and fourth overall in the world.

The full 2016 U.S. News global rankings can be viewed here.