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Carolina Ranks 56th in 2016-17 ‘Times Higher Education’ World University Rankings

September 26, 2016
UNC Global Affairs

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks 56th among the world’s top 980 research universities, according to the London-based Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The 2016-2017 rankings, released Sept. 21, are 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.

Last year, the University ranked 63rd in the world and 29th in the United States. Among U.S. research universities, UNC-Chapel Hill placed 29th overall and 13th among public campuses.

The University of Oxford tops the magazine’s list, followed by the California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of Cambridge and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“It is an honor to be recognized once again by Times Higher Education,” said Ronald Strauss, executive vice provost and chief international officer. “As a leading public research university, Carolina educates global citizens by inspiring research, cultivating collaboration with other institutions around the world and encouraging students to have diverse international experiences.”

In the Times Higher Education world rankings by subject area, UNC placed:

  • 73rd in the arts and humanities (27th in the U.S.)
  • 25th in clinical, pre-clinical and health (15th in the U.S.)
  • 32nd in social sciences (21st in the U.S.)
  • 59th in life sciences (25th in the U.S.)

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


Media contact: Katie Bowler Young, director of global relations, +1.919.962.4504,


This story was updated on September 29, 2016.

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