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The Old Well in bloom, August 2017.

The Old Well in bloom, August 2017.

UNC-Chapel Hill ranks 33rd in the world and 23rd in the United States among global universities, according to the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) released by the Center for World Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in August.

UNC was ranked 35th in 2016 and 39th in 2015. This year, Harvard University placed first, followed by Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, respectively.

Since 2003, ARWU has ranked more than 1,200 universities and published the best 500 universities annually.

The center also released subject area rankings in 2017. Carolina had 11 subjects that scored in the top 20 in the world, demonstrating notable strengths in the field of medical sciences. Those rankings and subjects, which include some departments in the College of Arts & Sciences, are:

  • 2nd in dentistry and oral sciences
  • 4th in statistics
  • 6th in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences
  • 8th in public health
  • 10th in nursing
  • 12th in education
  • 12th in sociology
  • 13th in biological sciences
  • 17th in finance
  • 18th in computer science and engineering
  • 19th in communication.

For a full list of rankings, visit

Published in the Fall 2017 issue | The Scoop

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