UC Santa Cruz Ranking Profile

The University of California, Santa Cruz (UC Santa Cruz or UCSC) is a leading public university in the United States.

The university has the following Academic Divisions:
- Arts
- Engineering
- Humanities
- Physical & Biological Sciences
- Social Sciences


- 71st nationally and at Tier 1 among the Best National Universities (US News & World Report 2010).

- 86th in the US News Graduate Engineering Rankings 2010.

- In the Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings, it is placed 311th in 2006, 259th in 2007, 235th in 2008.

- Placed in the range of 101-151st globally in the ARWU 2008.

- US News & World Report’s rankings for 2009 placed UCSC in the top 22% of national public institutions.

- 2nd in the nation for academic research impact in the field of space sciences between 1999 and 2003, according to a 2005 report by SCI-BYTES magazine.

- Rated 1st among US universities as a "counterculture college" in the High Times magazine 2007.

- 6th in Astrophysics/Astronomy Doctoral Programs, 22nd in Geosciences Doctoral Programs (National Research Council report 1995).

- Ranked 15th for the percentage of its students whose bachelor’s degrees led to doctorates, according to a survey of 60 elite Association of American Universities member schools.

- According to Science Watch (2008), it scored highest among leading institutions for the number of citations per high-impact paper in the field of molecular biology and genetics.

- 1st in the country for its research impact in the field of physics, and 5th in the nation for its research impact in the field of space sciences, according to an analysis conducted by Thompson Scientific that was reported in Science Watch in 2007.

- 3rd nationally on the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index among doctoral programs in environmental health engineering (environmental toxicology), and 3rd on the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index among doctoral programs in music (Chronicle of Higher Education 2007).

- 3rd in the nation in the percentage of master’s degrees awarded to women, according to a survey of U.S. engineering schools reported in ASEE Prism.

- 76th in the Washington Monthly College Rankings 2007.

- 4th most productive institution in North America in the area of conservation research, according to a study published in October 2007 issue of Conservation Biology.

- 11th in the country among public universities for the quality of its research productivity in "The Rise of American Research Universities: Elites and Challengers in the Postwar Era", by Hugh Graham and Nancy Diamond.

- 23rd in the nation for Hispanic students (Hispanic magazine 2005).

- In international finance, it was ranked 9th in the world in 2005 (econphd.net).

- 16th among the nation’s most desirable public colleges and universities (National Bureau of Economic Research, 2004).

- Named the second most influential research institution in the world in the physical sciences, according to a 2001 Institute for Scientific Information report.