For the 2nd 12 months in a row, UC Berkeley was rated the top rated general public university in the country and fourth-finest all round, in the QS Earth Rankings 2021 list of ideal American universities.

Out of a complete of 352 establishments highlighted, Harvard University, Stanford College and the Massachusetts Institute of Engineering took the leading a few scores in advance of UC Berkeley. UCLA secured the fifth-place rating total, owning moved up one particular place from QS’ 2020 rating of U.S. colleges.

“We are delighted to consistently rank in the prime tier of faculties and universities nationally and globally 12 months after calendar year,” said campus spokesperson Janet Gilmore in an electronic mail.

Universities have been evaluated based mostly on 17 metrics generating up 4 broad classes: employability, studying encounter, exploration and “diversity and internationalisation.”

In accordance to Simona Bizzozero, head of public relations for QS, the U.S.-unique position is intended to assess college efficiency in parts influenced by troubles one of a kind to American higher instruction.

“The American greater education sector is wrestling with queries that do not tumble in just the scope of our world rankings – queries of equity, obtain, representation, and social justice,” Bizzozero mentioned in an electronic mail. “The QS United states University Rankings have been thoroughly crafted to shine some impartial light on which establishments are executing most to foster the important romantic relationship concerning education and social alter.”

Inside of the standards, UC Berkeley rated 3rd optimum in the location of study, eighth in employability, 13th in variety and 38th in finding out knowledge.

The most recent ranking was created with slight adjustments to the methodology utilized to assess university overall performance.

In response to a March 2019 executive get on accountability at public universities and colleges, QS diminished the excess weight of 1 metric — establishment-wide salary values 10 yrs after matriculation — by 2.5%. The variation was redistributed to other indicators, such as tutorial name and the global study community.

In addition to UC Berkeley and UCLA, four other UC campuses had been rated within just the major 50. UC San Diego arrived in at 27th, UC Davis at 34th, UC Santa Barbara at 43rd and UC Irvine at 45th.

UC establishments have also executed especially properly within just the places of range and internationalization. In accordance to Bizzozero, UC Davis is the nation’s highest-rating college within the metric, and UC Santa Barbara has revealed the highest improvement in this place, acquiring amplified 43% because previous 12 months.

“The recognition the University of California has been given is gratifying,” stated Stett Holbrook, UC Business office of the President spokesperson, in an e-mail. “UC’s status as a major-tier college lets us to appeal to the brightest students as properly as leading-flight school and employees and we are glad they are currently being recognized for their outstanding perseverance and do the job.”

Jacob Souza is the lead town governing administration reporter. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at @jsouza_dailycal.

A past version of this report omitted the actuality that UC San Diego also rated inside of the best 50 U.S. universities. In actuality, UCSD was ranked 27th.