UC San Diego Ranked 12th Among Nation’s Best Public Colleges

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The iconic Geisel Library at UC San Diego. Photo by Erik Jepsen for the university

U.S. News and World Report on Monday ranked the University of California San Diego as the 12th best public college in the United States.

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The new Best Colleges guidebook also touted the campus’s Jacobs School of Engineering, which was named 18th among public engineering schools that offer doctorates.

The U.S. News rankings are based on academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduate rate performance and alumni giving.

“We are proud that we continue to gain recognition for the exceptional educational experience we offer students,” Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla said. “Through our teaching, research and service, our campus spurs breakthroughs that positively impact the state, nation and world.”

Recently, UC San Diego netted praise and accolades from others including: Washington Monthly listed UC San Diego the No. 1 public college in the U.S.; Money magazine named the campus second in the nation for providing quality education at an affordable price; and the Academic Ranking of World Universities placed the campus 15th in its list of the world’s top colleges.

In other UCSD news, UC San Diego researchers recently developed a rapid, cost-effective method to create “mini” artificial human brains, or human cortical organoid, to better understand the real organ that still remains a mystery to many scientists.

In addition, researchers from the campus contributed to state-wide report that revealed that climate change could cause two-thirds of Southern California’s beaches to completely disappear by 2100 if policymakers do not act on mitigating CO2 emissions.

Other unique innovations include a recent partnership with Aira, an alumni-founded startup that leverages wearable technology, artificial intelligence and live, human agents to deliver real-time visual description to blind and low vision students, staff and faculty.

–UC San Diego

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