UCR among top global universities in U.S. News & Report ranking

Campus also makes Top 50 Green Colleges list

October 24, 2019
Author: Imran Ghori
October 24, 2019

UC Riverside is among the top institutions in the world, particularly for plant and animal science research, according to a new U.S. News & World Report ranking.

The campus also won recognition for its environmental practices, landing in the Princeton Review’s Top 50 Green Colleges.

UCR was tied for No. 149 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Global Universities list, which looked at 1,500 colleges and universities across 81 countries.

The survey, released Oct. 22, also provided separate rankings in 28 subjects with UCR coming in No. 27 for plant and animal science. In that same subject, the campus was No. 15 in research reputation for the North America region.

UCR was tied for No. 69 in engineering, and placed No. 93 in chemistry and No. 98 in geosciences.

U.S. News & World Report used a separate methodology than its best U.S. colleges list released last month, where

UCR ranked No. 1 for social mobility. The Best Global Universities ranking looked at 13 factors based on academic research, including highly cited papers, and schools’ global and regional research reputation. 

The magazine created the list to provide a resource to the increasing number of students looking beyond their home countries for their education, according to its editors.

In the Princeton Review’s 2019 Guide to Green Colleges, also released Oct. 22, UCR came in No. 31. The publication considered 700 schools in arriving at its Top 50.

The Princeton Review conducted separate surveys of administrators and students to arrive at its rankings.

Respondents were asked questions such as whether they enjoyed a healthy and sustainable quality of life, were they prepared for a career in the green economy, and whether university policies were environmentally responsible.

Students were also asked about support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts on campus, and the visibility and impact of student environmental groups.