UC San Diego’s reputation among academics ranks 40th in the world, according to a report by the London-based Times Higher Education.

The rankings used more than 10,500 responses from senior, published scholars in 133 countries to find the top global university brands.

UC San Diego, near the Revelle Plaza Fountain. Photo by Erika Johnson / UC San Diego Communications.

“UC San Diego is an academic powerhouse, consistently recognized as a leading institution by organizations such as Times Higher Education,” UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla said. “This global ranking, based on input from senior published scholars, is testament to the university’s influence and impact.”

Three colleges in the U.S. took the first three spots: Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford.

Other California schools among the top 50 were UC Berkeley, sixth; the California Institute of Technology, ninth; UCLA, 10th; and UC San Francisco, 32nd.

In the next 50 were UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara and USC.

Times Higher Education said the rankings are based on the expert, though subjective, judgment of senior, published academics, who know the most about excellence in universities.