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World rankings highlight University’s global place

February 28, 2018
students in classTimes Higher Education World University rankings recognize the University for overall teaching and research excellence, as well as its low faculty to student ratio. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

The 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE World University Rankings) list the University of Rochester at number 51 among U.S. universities—public or private—and number 153 among universities worldwide. These global rankings evaluate 1,102 of the world’s leading research universities, drawing on 13 performance indicators underlying five metrics: research, teaching, research influence, industry income and international outlook. Times Higher Education (THE) is a weekly news magazine based in London.

THE also provides academic subject rankings. Thus far, the released subject rankings recognizing the University of Rochester are:

  • No. 27 for Psychology
  • No. 81 in Social Sciences
  • No. 89 in Education
  • No. 126-150 in Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health
  • No. 176-200 in Life Sciences
  • No. 176-200 in Arts and Humanities

“These rankings have become important tools for international students, who often use them to differentiate between institutions globally,” says Jane Gatewood, vice provost for global engagement. “If the University maintains and improves its strong global position, these rankings can help us open our doors to students from places we might not be able to reach directly. The rankings also allow governments to compare schools, allocate funding for scholarships, and help students find specific programs. For all of these reasons, international rankings have become an increasingly important point on the international higher education landscape.”

THE Rankings also recently listed the University among the top 100 universities in the world with the best student/staff ratio. The University’s overall undergraduate student/teacher ratio is 10:1.

“If the University maintains and improves its strong global position, these rankings can help us open our doors to students from places we might not be able to reach directly.” Jane Gatewood, Vice Provost for Global Engagement

According to the editor of THE World Rankings, Phil Baty, they want to assess universities’ performance with the most comprehensive and balanced ranking in the world. Institutional data is collected from worldwide research-led institutions that teach undergraduates; publish more than 1,000 research papers over a five year period; and have a broad range of activity (no more than 80 percent of activity exclusively in any single subject area). For the complete methodology for the THE World University Rankings, see

Reuters ‘Most Innovative University’

The University also was recognized at No. 79 in Reuters’ “Top 100 Most Innovative Universities Worldwide,” a list that identifies and ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and power new markets and industries. For this, institutions were ranked across 10 metrics, including academic papers and international patent filings.

For more detail, see Reuters World’s Most Innovative Universities | 2017.


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