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U.S. News and World Report Again Ranks UC San Diego One of Nation’s Top 10 Best Public Universities

Campus is the San Diego region’s only university listed in the 2014 Best Colleges Guidebook’s top10 list

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The University of California, San Diego is once again ranked one of the top 10 public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. UC San Diego is ranked 9th best public university and 39th best university in the 2014 Best Colleges guidebook’s national college rankings that included 281 public, private and for-profit institutions.

For more than a decade, the publication has listed UC San Diego among the nation’s top 10 public universities. The rankings are based on academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduate rate performance and alumni giving.

“It is an honor to once again have UC San Diego named as one of the nation’s top public universities,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “This ranking exemplifies UC San Diego’s strong commitment to providing our students with a premier educational experience and demonstrates our dedication to academic excellence.”

Additionally, U.S. News & World Report included two undergraduate academic rankings for engineering and business programs. The UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering’s undergraduate program is ranked 26th in the category for engineering schools that award doctorates. The Jacobs School garners a 5th place spot in the biomedical/biomedical engineering category for the fourth consecutive year.

The U.S. News and World Report rankings come just weeks after UC San Diego was named by Washington Monthly as the #1 university in the nation for the fourth consecutive year. The magazine’s annual “College Rankings” considers how universities are “acting on behalf of the true public interest,” measuring institutions based on three criteria: social mobility, research and civic engagement.

“As a student, I am particularly proud of UC San Diego’s achievements” said Andy Buselt, president of UC San Diego’s Associated Students. “I am thrilled to see that we are being recognized for our efforts to promote access and retention for underrepresented and underserved students.”

Throughout 2013, UC San Diego consistently earned prestigious national and international academic rankings. Earlier this year, the university was recognized as the 15th best university in the globe by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University in the Netherlands, and it was ranked 20th best by the Center for the World University Rankings (CWUR). In addition, the campus was named the 14th best university in the world according to the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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