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University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Ranking 2020: World, USA, Program-wise Ranking

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Located in a warm and sunny Los Angeles, University of California (UCLA) is considered one of the top universities of not only the USA but across the world. It is known for teaching one of the world’s most employable students as evident from the UCLA ranking for graduate employability by QS News. 

The university was founded in the year 1882 and has ever since maintained its status of being one of the top universities of the USA. UCLA ranking among world universities has been under 50 for the past 10 years, according to both QS News and Times Higher Education (THE).

Over 3,800 courses are offered by the University of California Los Angeles. This includes 150 graduate and 40 doctoral programs. Prestige of the university can be guessed from the fact that its alumni have received 14 Nobel prizes, 15 Macarthur fellowships, 3 Pulitzer prizes and 261 Olympic medals so far. 

Notable UCLA Ranking 2020

THE World University17
QS News World University35
QS Graduate Employability3
Financial Times MBA25
THE Engineering9
US News National20
US News National Public University1

UCLA Ranking among World Universities

According to the Times Higher Education, the overall ranking for University of California Los Angeles among world universities has been constantly dropping since the year 2011. The only positive side to this is that the university remained at 17th position for the last two years ie. 2019 and 2020.

Scores for THE Ranking 2020

However, as per the THE’s world reputation ranking, the position of University of California Los Angeles has improved from 12th in 2011 to 9 in 2019. The significant increase was observed from the year 2018 to 2019. 

World reputation ranking is based on two parameters: research and teaching. This shows that the university is continuously working towards improving its research techniques and teaching methodology.

Similar trend is followed in the UCLA ranking in the world by the QS News. Its position has been fluctuating between 30th to 40th rank ever since 2012. There has been a significant drop in the ranking from 32 in 2019 to 35 in 2020. Only in 2016, University of California Los Angeles attained the highest ranking of the last ten years ie. 27. 

Scores on various parameters for QS News Ranking 2020:

ParameterScore (out of 100)
Academic Reputation100
Employer Reputation99.7
Faculty Student40.3
Citations per Faculty88.3
International Faculty50.4
International Students38.2

Still, UCLA ranking for graduate employability excels leaving behind some of the top universities of the world such as Harvard University and University of Oxford. It has been improved tremendously from number 15 in 2017 to number 3 in 2020. 

Factors considered for graduate employability ranking include employer reputation, alumni outcome, partnership with employers, etc demonstrating that university works hard towards securing a good future for its students.

UCLA Graduate Employability Ranking

Program-wise UCLA Ranking 

Overall UCLA world ranking might be dropping but its programs still hold a strong place among various universities across different countries. According to to QS News subject-wise ranking, following programs are placed within the top 10 list: 

English Language and LiteratureGeography, Linguistics
Modern LanguagesElectrical and Electronic Engineering
Biological SciencesMedicine
MathematicsCommunication and Media Studies
Education and TrainingAnthropology

In addition to this, UCLA ranking for 40 of its graduate and doctoral programs were within the top 10, as per the National Research Council’s latest ranking of 2010. 

UCLA MBA Ranking

The MBA program of University of California Los Angeles is offered by Anderson School of Management which is considered as one of the top business schools of the USA. Due to its reputation and highly stringent selection process, only 21% of the applicants are able to make the cut for this program.

Ranking of UCLA MBA program across the by various agencies for the year 2020 are tabulated below:

Ranking OrganizationRank in 2020
Financial Times25
QS News13
Times Higher Education (Business)18

UCLA Engineering Ranking

Engineering is another popular program offered by UCLA. Various specializations are offered here for both research and academic purposes such as bioengineering, civil engineering, computer science, electrical & computer engineering, mechanical & aerospace engineering, etc. 

Provided below is the UCLA ranking among all engineering programs offered by universities in the world by some of the reputed organizations:

  • QS News: 19
  • Times Higher Education: 9

UCLA Ranking among USA Universities

University of California Los Angeles excels in the national university rankings too. US News & Report ranked it at 20th position among the universities of the USA. The university also received the average score of 80 based on parameters like graduation & retention rate, social mobility, faculty resources, financial resources etc. 

Graduation & retention rate is given the maximum weightage by US News while ranking a university. One of the noteworthy points here is that University of California Los Angeles was awarded as the best public university in the USA ranking at 1st position for the year 2020. 

UCLA ranking among USA universities based on other factors by US News is tabulated below:

FactorRanking for 2020
National University20
Top Public School1
Best Colleges for Veterans4
Best Undergraduate Teaching76
Best Undergraduate Engineering Program15
Most Innovative School27
Top Performers on Social Mobility13
Best Value School111

Measuring the access, social commitment and importance of research as a major factors for ranking a university, Washington Monthly places University of California Los Angeles at 12th position among USA universities. It is ranked at 5th position by New York Times in College Access Index which ranks the top schools working towards betterment of low-income students. 

Looking at the rankings, admission in UCLA is a tough ice to crack. It receives more than 100,000 applications every year out which only 12% -15% are accepted. World ranking might be dropping since the past few years but it had a little effect on the popularity of this institute among students. 

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