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November 6, 2014

Pitt 42nd in U.S. News global ranking

U.S. News has ranked the University 42nd in its inaugural list of Best Global Universities.

Pitt tied with the University of Hong Kong, with a score of 64.7.

Tops overall was Harvard, with a score of 100.0, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California-Berkeley, Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge, California Institute of Technology, UCLA, University of Chicago and Columbia.

The rankings were based on 10 weighted criteria: global research reputation (12.5 percent); regional research reputation (12.5 percent); publications (12.5 percent); citation impact (10 percent); total citations (10 percent); number of highly cited papers (12.5 percent); percentage of highly cited papers (10 percent); international collaboration (10 percent); number of PhDs awarded (5 percent), and number of PhDs awarded per academic staff member (5 percent).

Compared to all 750 world universities considered for a rank, Pitt was 66th for global research reputation, 113th for regional research reputation, 24th for publications, 76th for citation impact, 26th for total citations, 25th for number of highly cited papers, 66th for percentage of highly cited papers, 428th for international collaboration, 37th for number of PhDs awarded and 525th for number of PhDs awarded per academic staff member.

The magazine’s first global rankings also placed individual University scientific subjects within the list of peers worldwide, putting Pitt programs 40th in biology and biochemistry, 16th in clinical medicine, 29th in immunology, tied for 36th in microbiology, 60th in molecular biology and genetics, 23rd in neuroscience and behavior, 20th in pharmacology and toxicology, 7th in psychiatry/psychology and 38th in social sciences and public health.

Each of these areas also was ranked on all 10 indicators; the breakdown is here:

Ranked institutions hail from 49 countries.

U.S. universities have been ranked separately in the magazine’s annual benchmark exercise for the previous three decades.

Filed under: Feature,Volume 47 Issue 6