October 26, 2016 – For the third year in a row, the University of Colorado Boulder has been ranked No. 2 in geosciences among the world’s universities, according to U.S. News & World Report, which today released its third annual global standings.
For the 2017 global standings, a thousand institutions from the U.S. and 65 other countries have been ranked based on indicators that measure their academic research performance and their global and regional reputations. CU Boulder scores the highest among all Colorado institutions and ties Boston University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the No. 32 best university worldwide. The No. 32 ranking is up from No. 48 for 2016 and No. 58 for 2015.
Among U.S. public institutions that made it onto the global list, CU Boulder ranks No. 11.
“We are pleased to be recognized as global leaders in the field of geosciences,” said Terri Fiez, CU Boulder Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation. “We have an innovative faculty that excels in research and teaching, and attracts some of the best and brightest students from around the nation and world.”
Geosciences, in which CU Boulder trails only the California Institute of Technology, is the study of Earth, from its structure to the history of its formation. Studies in the field of geosciences include geology, geophysics, geochemistry, climatology, oceanography and petroleum geology.
CU Boulder also ranks No. 26 among the best global universities in environment/ecology, a field that includes such subjects as environmental health, climate change, and environmental monitoring and management.