CU-Boulder Ranked Among Best Public Universities In World, According To Survey

Published: Sept. 12, 2005

A new survey of the world's top universities cited in the Sept. 8 issue of The Economist ranks the University of Colorado at Boulder as the 11th best public university.

A total of 500 international institutions were ranked in the 2005 survey, undertaken by the Institute for Higher Education at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China. The survey ranked Harvard University first, followed by Stanford University, the University of Cambridge, the University of California-Berkeley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology among all universities, both public and private.

The criteria used in the rankings included Nobel Prizes or Fields Medals (the highest scientific award for mathematicians) received by faculty and alumni and the number of highly cited researchers in several broad categories. Other criteria included the number of articles published in Nature and Science -- widely considered the world's top two research journals -- as well as the total number of research paper citations and the academic performance of faculty with respect to institution size.

"I'm pleased that CU-Boulder faculty members were recognized for their high level of scholarship once again," said CU-Boulder Interim Chancellor Phil DiStefano. "We are proud of the caliber of research and teaching at this university, and that CU-Boulder students can interact with an outstanding faculty on a daily basis."

CU-Boulder also was ranked 11th among public universities in 2003 and 2004 in the first two years of the annual survey by Jiao Tong University.

CU-Boulder was ranked 35th among public and private institutions in the 2005 survey by Jiao Tong University. The University of Texas-Austin (36th), the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (38th) and Texas A&M (89th) were the only other Big 12 campuses ranked in the top 100 in the 2005 rankings.

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