The University of Rochester ranked No.51 among U.S. universities—public or private—on the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.  UR ranked No. 153 worldwide; the University of Oxford in the U.K. took first place.

“These rankings have become important tools for international students, who often use them to differentiate between institutions globally,” says Jane Gatewood, vice provost for global engagement at UR. “If the university maintains and improves its strong global position, these rankings can help us open our doors to students from places we might not be able to reach directly.

“The rankings also allow governments to compare schools, allocate funding for scholarships, and help students find specific programs. For all of these reasons, international rankings have become an increasingly important point on the international higher education landscape.”

According to the editor of THE World Rankings, Phil Baty, they want to assess universities’ performance with the most comprehensive and balanced ranking in the world. Institutional data is collected from worldwide research-led institutions that teach undergraduates; publish more than 1,000 research papers over a five year period; and have a broad range of activity (no more than 80 percent of activity exclusively in any single subject area).

The list also provides academic subject rankings. So far, the released subject rankings recognizing the University of Rochester are:

  • No. 27 for Psychology
  • No. 81 in Social Sciences
  • No. 89 in Education
  • No. 126-150 in Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health
  • No. 176-200 in Life Sciences
  • No. 176-200 in Arts and Humanities

THE Rankings recently listed the university among the top 100 universities in the world with the best student/staff ratio as well. UR’s overall undergraduate student/teacher ratio is 10:1.

“If the University maintains and improves its strong global position, these rankings can help us open our doors to students from places we might not be able to reach directly,” Gatewood said.

These global rankings evaluate 1,102 of the world’s leading research universities, drawing on 13 performance indicators underlying five metrics: research, teaching, research influence, industry income and international outlook. Times Higher Education is a weekly news magazine based in London. For more information on the methodology behind the rankings click here.