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CU-Boulder National and International Rankings

In addition to being rated a "Best Value" public university for the past five years by USA Today and The Princeton Review, CU-Boulder has also been ranked nationally and internationally across a variety of sources.

U.S. News & World Report—2012

  • 42nd among the top public national universities offering doctoral programs
  • 94th among all national universities
  • 19th for engineering among public national universities
  • 36th for business among public national universities
  • 14th for aerospace engineering
  • 18th for environmental engineering
  • 19th for business entrepreneurship

Shanghai Jiaotong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)—2012

  • 33rd in the world based on academic and research performances
  • 12th for physics
  • 30th for chemistry
  • 34th for mathematics
  • 46th for computer science

ARWU uses six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Scientific, number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance with respect to the size of an institution.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings—2011-12

  • 77th in the world

The Times Higher Education magazine and website is based in the United Kingdom, and developed the 13 performance indicators that comprise its ranking system in concert with Thomson Reuters and 50 higher education professionals from 15 countries. The indicators are grouped into five categories: teaching, research, citations/research influence, innovation and international outlook.

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) —2012

  • 46th in the world
  • 34th among U.S. institutions
  • 11th among U.S. public comprehensive institutions

The CWUR rankings combine a measurement of quality of the learning environment as well as research achievement. The seven indicators used by CWUR include: quality of faculty, top journal publications, highly influential research, citations, patents, student academic training and the professional future of alumni.