Shot of UW campus and Portage BayThe UW College of the Environment was ranked #6 for geosciences in the 2021 US News & World Report Best Global Universities rankings. The program ranking came as the University of Washington climbed one spot to #7 overall on the list, maintaining its #2 ranking among U.S. public institutions.

“It is gratifying to see the UW’s impact on people and communities around the world being recognized,” UW President Ana Mari Cauce said. “I’m so proud of the extraordinary talent and effort of our faculty, students and staff, who have risen to the meet the challenges of these difficult and promising times.”

The ranking methodology — which is based on Web of Science data and metrics provided by Clarivate Analytics InCites — weighs factors that measure a university’s global and regional research reputation and academic research performance. For the overall rankings, this includes bibliometric indicators such as publications, citations and international collaborations.

The overall Best Global Universities ranking, now in its eighth year, encompasses the top 1,750 institutions spread across 90 countries, according to U.S. News. American universities make up eight of the top 10 spots.

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