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Carolina Ranks 33rd in 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities

August 17, 2019
UNC Global Affairs

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ties for 33rd in the world and is 23rd in the United States among global universities, according to the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) released by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy on August 15, 2019. UNC ties at 33rd with the University of Manchester. The university also ranks 8th among U.S. public universities.

“External measures such as Academic Ranking of World Universities reflect the innovative and creative work of our faculty, students and staff,” said Raymond B. Farrow III, associate provost for global affairs and interim chief global officer. “I am very proud of Carolina’s position among leading world universities and the global engagement of our scholars and students.”

UNC ranked 30th in 2018 and 33rd in 2017. Harvard University, Stanford University and the University of Cambridge continue to hold the top three spots respectively.

ARWU evaluates universities based on objective indicators, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, highly cited researchers, papers published in Nature and Science, papers indexed in major citation indices and the per capita academic performance of an institution. ARWU first published university rankings in 2003, and now ranks more than 1,800 universities each year. The top 1000 universities are published annually.

The scores are determined by the weighted indicators listed above, with the highest scoring university earning a score of 100. The other institutions are calculated as a percentage of the top score.

ARWU also released global academic subject rankings, of which Carolina ranked in the top 20 for 9 academic subject areas in 2019. UNC-Chapel Hill continues to rank highly in the medical sciences field. The rankings and subjects are:

  • 3rd in dentistry and oral sciences
  • 3rd in public health
  • 4th in statistics
  • 5th in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences
  • 5th in nursing
  • 14th in biological sciences
  • 16th in library and information science
  • 17th in education
  • 17th in computer science and engineering

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