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UC San Diego a Top 10 Public University, According to U.S. News and World Report

The University of California, San Diego is ranked the 9th best public university in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Colleges guidebook, which was released today. In addition, UC San Diego is named the 39th best university in the U.S. among more than 200 public, private and for-profit institutions.

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UC San Diego has consistently been included in U.S. News & World Report’s top 10 public universities list for more than a decade.

“It is an honor for UC San Diego to be recognized once again as one of the nation’s top public universities,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “At UC San Diego, we are committed to providing a world-class education for our students and conducting research that benefits our society and world.”

The rankings are based on academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

In addition to the university rankings, 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 23rd, up three spots compared to last year, in the category for engineering schools that award doctorates.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings come just weeks after UC San Diego was named by Washington Monthly as the No.1 university in the nation for the sixth consecutive year. The magazine’s annual college rankings measure how universities are acting on behalf of the public interest, based on three criteria: social mobility, research and civic engagement.

For a complete listing of UC San Diego rankings, click here and for more information on U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Colleges guidebook, click here.