UC Berkeley Once Again Ranked #1 Public University In The Nation

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UC Berkeley Once Again Ranked #1 Public University In The Nation

Go bears!

According to the QS World University Rankings for 2021, UC Berkeley is the #1 public and #4 overall university in the United States. UC Berkeley enjoyed these same rankings from QS last year in 2020. UCLA came in right after Berkeley as the #2 public and #5 overall.

Here are the top 10 US universities on QS’s list:

  1. Harvard University 
  2. Stanford University 
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  4. University of California, Berkeley 
  5. University of California, Los Angeles 
  6. Yale University 
  7. Columbia University
  8. Princeton University
  9. New York University 
  10. University of Pennsylvania 

QS World University Rankings were conducted using a total of 17 metrics across 4 broad categories: employability, diversity & internationalization, learning experience, and research. This year’s methodology has changed slightly from last year, with a 2.5% decreased emphasis on salary after 10 years and an increased emphasis on Academic Reputation (+1%) and the International Research Network (+1.5%).

After UC Berkeley’s ranking at #4 overall, the nation’s top public universities are UCLA (#5), the University of Michigan (#18), the University of Washington (#24) and UC San Diego (#27).

The University of California (UC) system was well-represented in the top 50, with UC Davis at #34, UC Santa Barbara at #43 and UC Irvine at #45.


UK-based company QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) analyzes the quality of higher education institutions worldwide. This year they evaluated 350 research universities in 49 states. California had 38 universities in the rankings, second only to New York state, which had 74.

Californians should be proud to see our state so well-represented in these competitive university rankings, especially with public universities putting up a good fight against private universities in the Ivy League and beyond.


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