New ranking highlights the university’s continued excellence as the top public university in New England, with top-tier life sciences and computer science programs recognized among the world’s best
The University of Massachusetts continued its ascent as one of the top colleges and universities in the nation in the 2023 Times Higher Education (THE)’s World University Rankings released on Oct. 25. Rising two spots over THE’s 2022 rankings, UMass is now 56th among U.S. higher ed institutions and ranks 28th among all U.S. public universities. UMass remains the top public university in New England, a position it has held in the Times Higher Education rankings since 2014.
Two University of Massachusetts programs – Life Sciences at No. 78 and Computer Science at No. 85 – both ranked in the top 100 worldwide.
UMass programs were featured in a number of categories:
- Social Sciences, which was ranked in the 176-200 category last year, jumped two tiers into the 101-125 group.
- Arts & Humanities (101-125) and Psychology (151-175) all moved up one tier in this year’s rankings.
“These rankings once again demonstrate the overall excellence and impact of the University of Massachusetts,” UMass President Marty Meehan said. “Our world class faculty and staff are delivering academic programs that prepare our students to excel in the global economy while driving innovation to confront the world’s most complex challenges, from pandemics to climate change.”
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings evaluate more than 1,795 universities across 104 countries and regions, making them the largest and most diverse university rankings to date.
The rankings measure each institution’s performance in teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook with 13 performance indicators. The ranking also draws on a global reputation survey from more than 40,000 scholars worldwide.
UMass showed key strength in its citations score, a category that assesses research scope and influence, placing in the top 11 percent of all global institutions.
The university also showed continued growth in its international outlook, a metric of increasing engagement with international communities of students, faculty, and researchers. The UMass international outlook score climbed more than two points this year and is up 10 points in this area since THE’s 2018 rankings.
About the University of Massachusetts:
The University of Massachusetts is a world-class public research university system committed to advancing knowledge and transforming lives. UMass is renowned for the quality of its academic programs, the scope and impact of its research, and the strength of its public service mission. With four comprehensive campuses, a world-class medical school and a mission-driven law school, UMass educates 74,000 students, has more than half a million alumni, conducts $752 million in annual research, and is responsible for $7.5 billion in economic impact every year. The university system comprises UMass Amherst, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, UMass Lowell, UMass Chan Medical School in Worcester and the UMass School of Law in Dartmouth and is one of the largest employers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.