Carolina Ranks 43rd in 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities

August 19, 2013

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks 43rd among global universities, according to the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) released by The Center for World Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University on August 15.

UNC was ranked 41st in 2012 and 42nd in 2011. This year Harvard University placed first, followed by Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.

Since 2003, ARWU has been ranking more than 1,200 universities, and publishing the world’s top 500 universities on the web. Universities are ranked by several indicators of academic or research performance, including 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.

For each indicator, the highest scoring institution is assigned a score of 100, and other institutions are calculated as a percentage of the top score. An institution’s rank reflects the number of institutions that sit above it.

The center also released the 2013 broad subject and subject field rankings, and Carolina placed highly in the following areas:

16th in the world for clinical medicine and pharmacy
25th in the world in life and agriculture sciences
25th in the world for social sciences
31st in the world for economics/business
29th in the world for chemistry
48th in the world for computer science
42nd in the world for mathematics

For a full list of rankings, visit