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UNC-Chapel Hill Ranks 56th in 2021 ‘Times Higher Education’ World University Rankings

September 8, 2020
UNC Global Affairs
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Old Well in Spring. Photo by Jon Gardiner.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks 56th among the world’s top 1,527 research universities, according to the London-based “Times Higher Education” World University Rankings.

The 2021 ranking, released Sept. 2, is based on 13 separate performance indicators designed to capture a full range of university activities. Indicators cover teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.

Among U.S. research universities, UNC-Chapel Hill placed 28th overall and 10th among public campuses. In the overall world ranking, Carolina is tied with both the Chinese University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Last year, the University ranked 54th in the world and 27th in the United States. The University of Oxford is ranked first in the world, followed by Stanford University, Harvard University and California Institute of Technology.

In addition, UNC-Chapel Hill appeared on several subject-specific ranking lists published by Times Higher Education. The University placed 24th in the world and 17th in the U.S. for social sciences; 33rd in the world and 15th in the U.S. for health affairs; 35th in the world and 19th in the U.S. for education; 49th in the world and 30th in the U.S. for psychology; and 63rd in the world and 23rd in the U.S. for life sciences.

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

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