Pitt Ranks 13th Among U.S. Public Universities

Issue Date: 
December 8, 2008

The University of Pittsburgh placed 13th among U.S. public universities and 35th among all U.S. universities in U.S. News & World Report’s first World’s Best Colleges and Universities rankings, where Pitt is among the top 100 universities worldwide. The rankings are based on data from the Times Higher Education-QS Quacquarelli Symonds Rankings, produced in association with QS Quacquarelli Symonds, known as one of the leading networks for careers and education that has been publishing world rankings since 2004.

The other schools in the top 13 public U.S. universities ranking are Michigan, UCLA, UC-Berkeley, Wisconsin-Madison, UC-San Diego, Washington, Texas-Austin, Illinois, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, UC-Davis, and Virginia; also included among the top 35 are Harvard, Yale, Cal Tech, Chicago, MIT, Columbia, Penn, Princeton, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, Brown, Northwestern, NYU, Boston, Dartmouth, Washington U., Emory, Rice, and Case Western.

According to U.S. News & World Report, none of the data from U.S. News’ America’s Best Colleges and America’s Best Graduate Schools rankings is used in the World’s Best Colleges and Universities list. QS Quacquarelli Symonds does all of the data collection and calculations for the World’s Best Colleges rankings, which use six criteria: academic peer review, employer review, student/faculty ratio, citations per faculty member, the proportion of international faculty, and the proportion of international students.