UC Berkeley is consistently ranked among the five top research universities in the world, along with Harvard, Stanford, MIT and others. Berkeley is the top-ranked public university.

 2016 Shanghai ranking of UC Berkeley #4 globally- #1 public

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According to the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities UC Berkeley is ranked in the top three across two broad subject fields: Natural Sciences and Mathematics , and Social Science.

201 Shanghai ranking of UC Berkeley: 1st n Natural Sciences and Mathematics; 3rd in Social Science.

 In 5 discipline areas, UC Berkeley is consistently in the top: #4 in Mathematics, #1 in Physics, #1 in Chemistry,  #3 in Computer Science, and #4 in Economics.

2015 Shanghai ranking of UC Berkeley: 4th in mathematics; 1st in physics; 1st in chemistry; 3rd in computer science; 4th in economics

These rankings, compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, compare the top 500 higher education institutions worldwide, public and private. It uses a variety of indicators of academic or research performance, including:

  • Nobel Prizes and other international awards won by alumni and faculty or staff.
  • Highly-cited researchers in 21 broad subject categories.
  • Articles published in selected top journals and noted in major citation indexes.


In the 2016 ranking of Global Universities, U.S. News & World Report ranks UC Berkeley #4 in its overall ranking of global universities and places it within the top 5 in a number of subject areas.

U.S. News & World Report 2016 rankings

U.S. News and World Reports uses 10 indicators to calculate Best Global Universities with an emphasis on academic research and overall reputation.