New College Ranking Affirms UC Davis as Top-10 Public University

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UC Davis is among the top 10 public universities in yet another college ranking. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis photo)

The University of California, Davis, has been recognized as the sixth best public university in the United States in the inaugural Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking.

UC Davis is ranked 43rd among all U.S. public and private universities in the ranking released today (Sept. 28).

The university scored 77.5 points out of a possible 100 overall in four general categories:

  • 33.8 out of 40 for outcomes including graduation rates, graduate salaries and reputation
  • 18.3 out of 30 for resources for effectively delivering teaching
  • 17.1 out of 20 for engagement with students including interactions with teachers and students, the number of accredited programs and student recommendations
  • 8.4 out of 10 for environment including student and staff diversity, inclusion and the proportion of international students

The ranking took into consideration data from several sources and a survey of 100,000 students.

In the U.S. News and World Report rankings published earlier this month, UC Davis was in a four-way tie for the 10th spot among public national universities and in a six-way tie for 44th among all national universities.

In other September rankings:

  • UC Davis repeated this year as a top 10 “Cool School” in Sierra magazine's ranking of more than 150 of America’s greenest colleges and universities in 2015. UC Davis came in at No. 8 — marking the fifth appearance in the top 10 in the last six years.

In yet other rankings:

  • Washington Monthly magazine recognized UC Davis as a top-10 national university based on contributions to the “public good” in rankings published in its September-October issue. The university comes in at 10th out of 303 national universities, public or private. The magazine defines the “public good” as social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s) and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).
  • The national, nonprofit organization Campus Pride listed UC Davis among the 30 best colleges and universities in the country for LGBTQ-inclusive policies, programs and practices.

Media Resources

Kimberly Hale, UC Davis News and Media Relations, 530-752-9838,

Julia Ann Easley, UC Davis News and Media Relations, 530-752-8248,

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