UC San Diego was ranked 15th overall on a list released Wednesday of the top 500 universities in the world, while San Diego State University was also included.
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UCSD was also ninth for academics in life sciences in the rankings by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The UC campus also ranked 12th in engineering, 13th in chemistry and 14th in computer science.
"It's an honor for UC San Diego to be recognized as a global model of academic excellence," Chancellor Pradeep Khosla said. "This ranking is a testament to the extraordinary achievements of our outstanding faculty, dedicated staff, high-caliber students and successful alumni."
The center evaluated 1,200 universities around the world on a number of criteria, including the number of Nobel Prizes and other honors for faculty, number of highly cited papers and per capita academic performance.
After the top 100, the rest of the schools were grouped in ranges. San Diego State was one of the universities from 301-400.
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