The new 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities once again places UC Berkeley at the very top of the list of public universities worldwide.
And Berkeley placed third overall, up one slot from its 2015 ranking, published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. UC Berkeley follows Harvard and Stanford. Cambridge and MIT round out the top five.
The ARWU rankings emphasize the quality of faculty and research.
Berkeley led a list of four University of California campuses among the top 25 in the ARWU rankings. UCLA ranked 12th, UC San Diego ranked 14th and UCSF ranked 21st.
Rankings in the ARWU’s five broad subject fields and individual fields like physics and chemistry for 2016 will be released later.
Last year, Berkeley placed first in the broad subject field of natural sciences and mathematics, and in the top five in the areas of engineering/technology and computer sciences and social sciences. Also in 2015, among specific subjects ranked, Berkeley took first in physics and chemistry, and placed in the top five in mathematics, computer science and economics/business.
Berkeley has ranked among the top four institutions every year since 2003, the year the ARWU rankings debuted. More than 1,200 universities are ranked by ARWU every year and the top 500 are published, according to ARWU. The full list can be viewed on the ARWU website.