Published: April 29, 2015

The University of Colorado Boulder was highly rated in a number of subject areas in the latest World University rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. (QS).

The highest ranking was in earth and marine sciences, in which CU-Boulder ranked 14th in the world out of 668 institutions and 10th in the nation. CU-Boulder climbed from 31st to 14th in the world in that category -- which includes geology, atmospheric and planetary science, geochemistry, geophysics, oceanography, stratigraphy, and space and planetary science -- in the past three years. Research in all of the subject areas is ongoing in several CU-Boulder academic departments and research institutes.

Other highly ranked CU-Boulder disciplines by QS include geography (14th in the nation), civil engineering, environmental sciences, and physics and astronomy (all three in the top 25 nationally) and psychology, communications and media studies, and education (all three in the top 35 nationally). All rank in the top 100 in the world.

“This is another example pointing to the high caliber of faculty that CU-Boulder has been attracting for a very long time,” said CU-Boulder Vice Chancellor for Research Stein Sture. “Our reputation, including our successes in research citations, demonstrates that our faculty and graduate students are doing relevant, innovative work in a number of arenas.”

The QS rankings are based on surveys of reputation in the subject area among academics and recruiters of graduates, and on citations to research articles published from 2009 to 2013. The QS group evaluated 3,551 universities and more than 100 million citations for research articles published in 36 subject areas for the 2015 rankings. A global higher education and careers company that has been ranking world universities for a decade, QS has offices in Boston, Washington, D.C., Paris, Singapore, Shanghai and Johannesburg.

CU-Boulder also was ranked in a number of other disciplines, including English, history, philosophy, computer science, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, biology, chemistry, materials science, mathematics, accounting and finance, business management, and economics.

“One of the reasons we attract exceptional undergraduate and graduate students to CU-Boulder is the chance to interact with faculty conducting research that is having a positive impact on society and advancing the frontiers of knowledge,” said Graduate School Dean John Stevenson. “We are known internationally as a university that has traditionally involved our students in research and scholarship at the highest levels, and are pleased to be recognized by QS.”

For more information visit http://www.topuniversities.com/subject-rankings/2015. For more information on CU-Boulder visit http://www.colorado.edu.

Contact:
Stein Sture, 303-492-2890
stein.sture@colorado.edu
John Stevenson 303-492-2890
john.stevenson@colorado.edu
Jim Scott, CU-Boulder media relations, 303-492-3114
jim.scott@colorado.edu

“This is another example pointing to the high caliber of faculty that CU-Boulder has been attracting for a very long time,” said CU-Boulder Vice Chancellor for Research Stein Sture. “Our reputation, including our successes in research citations, demonstrates that our faculty and graduate students are doing relevant, innovative work in a number of arenas.”