Published: Aug. 11, 2022

CU Boulder's earth sciences and atmospheric science disciplines ranked No. 1 and No. 2 globally in the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy’s 2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS).

The university also scored highly in 10 other academic categories, highlighting the breadth of impactful CU Boulder research. 

The annual ranking includes over 1,800 universities from 96 countries scored across 54 academic subject categories.

The ShanghaiRanking Consultancy is an independent organization dedicated to research on higher education intelligence and consultation. The group also publishes a yearly Academic Ranking of World Universities, which ranked CU Boulder No. 46 overall among universities in 2021. Among U.S. universities in the publication, CU Boulder ranked No. 27. The 2022 ARWU rankings will be released later this year.

Find the detailed methodology and full results of the 2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Top-50 programs 

  • Earth Sciences: No. 1
  • Atmospheric Science: No. 2
  • Physics: No. 15
  • Chemical Engineering: No. 15 
  • Water Resources: No. 17
  • Geography: No. 18
  • Ecology: No. 18
  • Remote Sensing: No. 23
  • Aerospace Engineering: No. 28
  • Environmental Science & Engineering: No. 31
  • Education: No. 34  
  • Oceanography: No. 38