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2022 Best Global Universities rankings

Campus   Ranking
Berkeley   4
UCSF   11
UCLA   14
San Diego   21
Davis   67*
Santa Barbara   67*
Irvine   86
Santa Cruz   103
Riverside   169
Merced   718

*denotes a tie with another institution

A University of California education isn’t just one of the best in the country — it’s one of the best in the world.

So finds U.S. News & World Report in their 2022 Best Global Universities rankings, released this week. Four UC campuses ranked in the top 25 of universities around the world, while seven made the top 100.

UC Berkeley is the fourth-best university in the world in this ranking, with UC San Francisco just behind it at No. 11. UCLA is No. 14, UC San Diego No. 21, UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara tied for No. 67, and UC Irvine ranked at No. 86 to round out the global Top 100. UC Santa Cruz followed at No. 103, UC Riverside at No. 169 and UC Merced (in just its 16th year ) at No. 718.

In addition to being one of the top five universities in the world, UC Berkeley is also the top public, an accolade that it has kept for eight years straight. UC San Francisco is the third-best public university, and UCLA is the fourth-best. UC San Diego is the sixth-best public university in the world.

1,750 universities were evaluated across more than 90 countries, an increase over the 1,500 schools in 86 countries included in the rankings last year. The methodology factors in reputation indicators, scholarly publishing indicators and scientific excellence indicators. Due to the inclusion of Clarivate’s global reputation survey, along with a focus on paper publication, UC San Francisco appears in the ranking, despite its status as a graduate-or-above-level school. It is No. 11 in the world.

These rankings follow upon U.S. News’ 2022 Best Colleges rankings of schools in the United States, which found all nine UC undergraduate campuses among the nation’s top 50 public universities, with six in the top 10. UC has earned high marks this fall across many publications, including the Sierra Club and Princeton Review. Forbes recently ranked UC Berkeley as the best school in the country, public or private, in its America’s Top Colleges ranking, with three other UCs among the top 20. You can read more about the Forbes ranking here