Washington Monthly’s 2010 College Guide
UC San Diego is ranked the top university in the nation by
Washington Monthly’s 2010 college guide, based on the
positive impact the university has had on the country.


Second in Quality of Doctoral Programs

National Research Council
In a recently released National Research Council study of twenty-five UC San Diego doctoral programs, the university ranked second in the nation for quality compared to all comprehensive public institutions (those with fifteen or more doctoral programs rated). Three divisions and their doctoral programs—biological sciences, bioengineering, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography—were ranked best in the U.S.

Third Best Public University

Shanghai Jiao Tong University
The 2009 Academic Rankings of World Universities conducted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranks UC San Diego the third best public university in the U.S.

Fifth in the Nation in Federal R&D

National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation ranks UC San Diego fifth among top U.S. universities in federal R&D dollars for fiscal year 2009–10, and sixth in the nation for total R&D dollars.

Seventh Nationally
in Sending Students Abroad

Institute of International Education
The 2009 Open Doors report of the Institute of International Education ranks UC San Diego seventh nationally among major research universities sending students abroad in full-year programs.

Seventh Best Public University

U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report ranks UC San Diego the seventh best public university in the nation.

Seventh for Highest-Impact Research

Thomson Scientific
Thomson Scientific ranks UC San Diego the seventh highest-impact research institution in the nation from 2001–05, based on the citation impact of published research in science and the social sciences.