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UC San Diego Ranked Ninth Best Public University Nationwide

UC San Diego is named the ninth best public university in the country and 39th best overall in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Students gather at the Price Center located in the center of the UCSD campus.
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Above: Students gather at the Price Center located in the center of the UCSD campus.

UCSD has been among the top 10 public institutions of higher learning for the last decade. The rankings are based on academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduate rate performance and alumni giving.

"It is an honor to once again have UC San Diego named as one of the nation's top public universities,'' said Chancellor Pradeep Khosla. "This ranking exemplifies UC San Diego's strong commitment to providing our students with a premier educational experience and demonstrates our dedication to academic excellence.''

UCSD was tied with UC Davis.

The University of San Diego and a couple of other several schools came in 91st overall. San Diego State University was tied for 152nd overall, and was among those named the 81st best public university.

Point Loma Nazarene was ranked as the 17th best regional university in the western U.S.

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thompsonrichard | September 11, 2013 at 10:15 a.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

So much disparity in the recently released QS ranking ! ! ! For example, Edinburgh University is the 17th best in the world but only 19th in the UK -- St Andrews University is 4th in the UK -- but 83rd in the world.
The University of California—Riverside has a distinctly Scottish feel. All residence halls at the UCR are named for landmarks in Scotland, including Aberdeen-Inverness and Pentland Hills. Student athletes compete as UCR Highlanders in the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The school’s original mascot was a live Scottish terrier; today, sports teams are supported by a kilt-clad bear named Scotty. Members of the student Pep Band don plaid berets and sashes as they play the “Brave Scots” fight song at sports matches, and students who play the bagpipes or drums can join the school’s Pipe Band as well.
The reason for disparity is that national league tables seem to focus on those factors which contribute to what you might call the ''student experience'', such as the student-to-staff ratio, the drop-out rate, and the quality of the accommodation.
In the Shanghai World University ranking, which are much closer to the National Research Council's ranking of PhD programs in the United States, # 3 through #18, in reverse order, are as follows:
University of California, San Francisco(18)
The Johns Hopkins University(17)
University of Washington(16
University of Pennsylvania(15)
University of California, San Diego(14)
Cornell University(13)
University of California, Los Angeles(12)
Yale University(11)
University of Oxford (10)
University of Chicago(9)
Columbia University(8)
Princeton University(7)
California Institute of Technology(6)
University of Cambridge(5)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (4)
University of California, Berkeley(3)
At the University of California—Santa Cruz, nearly 100 percent of freshmen live on campus, and choose one of 10 residential colleges to join. is nationally known for astronomy and space sciences programs. UCSC is part of a 10-year research project with NASA to study space travel, air traffic management, and nanotechnology; UCSC is noted for offering one of the highest percentages of engineering graduate degrees to women. Students who own RVs can also choose to reside in Camper Park. Students living in residence halls may only have overnight guests 15 times a school year, for a maximum of three nights each visit. On campus, there are more than 25 miles of hiking and jogging trails. For fun, students can tour Dead Central, a room full of Grateful Dead memorabilia donated by the band to UCSC, or explore the small beach town of Santa Cruz. There are rides and games on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and swimming, sailing, and kayaking on the bay. Monterey is 45 miles away, and San Francisco is a 75-mile trip.

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