UC San Diego was ranked the 35th best college in the world Wednesday by Times Higher Education, moving up six spots from last year's ranking.
The World Reputation Rankings are based on what Times Higher Education calls the world's largest invitation-only academic opinion survey. The questionnaires target experienced, published scholars who offer their views on excellence in research and teaching within their disciplines and at institutions with which they are familiar.
"We are pleased UC San Diego's reputation continues to grow as a world- class university that provides an outstanding education and pushes the frontiers of knowledge to improve our local and global communities," said Chancellor Pradeep Khosla.
"UC San Diego's ranking as a global leader is a reflection of our dynamic students, faculty and staff, who foster a culture of collaboration, spark discoveries and transform lives," he said.
Harvard ranked first, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University. Two schools in the United Kingdom -- the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford -- round out the top five.