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University of California, Berkeley - Rankings 2019-2020: Global Rankings, National Rankings, Subject-Specific Rankings

Vaishnavi Agrawal Vaishnavi Agrawal
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UC Berkeley excels in providing world-class education and resources to facilitate research for the greater good. The university is internationally known for revolutionary achievements in all disciplines and ranked #4 in Best Global Universities by US News & World Report.

The university id continuously topping this list of public universities in global rankings for the last five years.

UC Berkeley’s creation stemmed from a vision to bring new knowledge to light and has been guided by the motto- Fiat Lux or ‘Let there be light’ ever since. The university’s website offers an opinion-based platform known as Berkeley Blog, where more than 350 UC scholars share their perspectives on local, national, and global issues.

All UC schools refer to the same application but decide independently whether to accept a candidate. UC Berkeley’s reputation comes from the fact that its acceptance rate falls in the range of 15% - 17% every year. One of the elite universities in America, this university is ranked highly by trusted ranking agencies like THE, U.S. News & World Report, and QS Top Universities.

Global Rankings of the University of California, Berkeley

  • Times Higher Education

The UCB world ranking 2020 is 13th with an overall score of 88.3. The breakdown of scores given by Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 is as follows:

  • Overall: 88.3
  • Teaching: 83
  • Research: 90.6
  • Citations: 99.2
  • Industry Income: 46.1
  • International Outlook: 70.4

Comparison of UCB’s World University Rankings 2020 with few renowned universities by Times Higher Education. 

UniversityUniversity of OxfordStanford UniversityMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyPrinceton UniversityHarvard UniversityThe University of California, Berkeley
World University Rankings 2020#1#4#5#6#7#13

UCB excels in the list of reputed colleges than in the World University Rankings. UC Berkeley has been consistently ranked on the 6th since 2014, that’s probably because the brand value of a university plays more important than the academic citations or the opportunities.

World Reputation Rankings 2019 lists the University of California, Berkeley at the #6 position. Score breakdown for its reputational ranking is as follows:

  • Overall- 57
  • Research- 60
  • Teaching- 49.7
  • QS - World University Rankings

The University of California, Berkeley is ranked #28 with an overall score of 82.6 as mentioned in the QS World University Rankings 2020. QS Rankings is believed to have adopted a consistent method in its analysis of world universities. Their framework is compiled of six metrics that effectively outline a university’s performance.

Academic Reputation40%100
Employer Reputation10%99.9
Faculty/Student Ratio20%30.9
Citations Per Faculty20%97.7
International Faculty5%92.4
International Student5%39.7

Even after the 28th rank, UCB carries on possessing the best academic and employers reputation among much higher-ranked universities in the world. 

UCB is most often compared with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Stanford University but UCB has been awarded a very different rank than the rest by QS Rankings. Caltech holds #5 and Stanford is ranked at #2. This vast difference is evident in the score breakdown of all three universities.

Academic and Employer reputation is, however, better scored for UCB than Caltech.

  • US News & World Report

Institutions from more than 80 countries have been ranked based on 13 indicators that assess the global and regional reputation of the University along with its academic performance. Performance indicators like these help students to explore higher education options beyond their own country’s boundaries. The University of California, Berkeley has been ranked #4 in the list of Best Global Universities Rankings, 2019.

Following is a breakdown of the University’s performance on the indicators specified by Global University Rankings U.S News & World Report:

Ranking IndicatorsThe University of California, BerkeleyWeight
Global score90.3-
Global research reputation#412.5%
Regional research reputation#412.5%
Normalized citation impact#2810%
Total citations#147.5%
Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited#1212.5%
Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited#1110%
International collaboration - relative to the country#725%
International collaboration#4885%
Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited#115%
Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited#215%

US News focuses specifically on the schools’ academic research and overall reputation while calculating global rankings, unlike other rankings where admission rates and graduation rates are also taken into account.

National Rankings of the University of California, Berkeley

Times Higher Education 

According to the Times Higher Education, UCB’s national ranking 2020 occupies #34 position. 

Ranking Position#35#40#33#34

The University of California, Berkeley’s U.S. Ranking then calculates the following scores:

  • Overall - 79.8
  • Resources - 17.3
  • Engagement - 16.8 
  • Outcomes - 37.4
  • Environment - 8.4

The methodology is based on answering four sets of questions:

  1. Does the college have the resources and capacity to effectively deliver teaching? 
  2. Does the college effectively engage with its students?
  3. Does the college generate good and appropriate outputs? Does it add value to the students who attend?
  4. Is the college providing a good learning environment for all students? Does it make efforts to attract a diverse student body and faculty?

The U.S. News & World Report

The University of California, Berkeley is ranked #22 in the National Universities list prepared by US News & World Report. The U.S. News 2020 Best Colleges Rankings compare institutions on 12 diverse parameters judging academic quality. The following factors are taken into account by the U.S. News while calculating National University Rankings.

The Ranking FactorsWeight
Graduation and Retention22%
Graduation Rate Performance8%
Social Mobility5%
Class Size8%
Faculty Salary7%
The proportion of full-time faculty with the highest degree in their fields3%
Student-Faculty Ratio1%
The proportion of faculty working full time1%
Expert Opinion20%
Financial Resources10%
Student Excellence10%
Alumni Giving5%

Other Ranks Given To The University of California, Berkeley By US News In The 2020 Edition Of Rankings

  1. #34 in Best Undergraduate Teaching (tie with the Harvard University Ranking)
  2. #148 in Best Value Schools
  3. #14 in Most Innovative Schools
  4. #5 in Writing in the Disciplines
  5. #2 in Top Public Schools

Subject-Specific Rankings

Times Higher Education

THE also ranks subjects offered by a particular university.

Below are the subjects offered by the University of California, Berkeley which are among the top ten in the Times Higher Education 2020 Rankings:

Physical Sciences#9
Business & Economics#5
Arts & Humanities#10

QS - World University Rankings by Subject

It identifies the world’s strongest universities covering a total of 48 subjects. The top 20 Subject-Specific Rankings 2019 by QS World University Rankings are given below:

Rankings mentioned above provide you enough reasons to apply for UCB. Nearly all subjects taught at UC Berkely are among the top ten ranked list. 

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