Carolina Ranks 56th in 2018 ‘Times Higher Education’ World University Rankings

September 6, 2017

Graduation banners hang at South Building May 9, 2016, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Photo by Jon Gardiner.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks 56th among the world’s top 1,012 research universities, according to the London-based Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UNC ties for this slot with the University of Minnesota.

The 2018 ranking, released Sept. 5, is based on 13 separate performance indicators designed to capture the full range of university activities. Those indicators cover teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.

Among U.S. research universities, UNC-Chapel Hill placed 29th overall and 12th among public campuses. Last year, the University also ranked 56th in the world and 29th in the United States.

The University of Oxford is ranked first in the world, followed by the University of Cambridge, California Institute of Technology, Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“Carolina’s strength in research, scholarship, teaching and international stature is reflected in this ranking,” said Ronald Strauss, executive vice provost and chief international officer. “We are proud of the faculty, students, and staff whose expertise and accomplishments put us among many of the best universities in the U.S. and around the world.”

For the full rankings, visit the Times Higher Education World University Rankings website.