Among The Best

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Center of World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University has recognized the academic excellence of Pac-12 member institutions in its 2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), including naming Stanford and California as two of the top five universities in the world.

Stanford, Cal and UCLA were three of the top 10 U.S. universities in the rankings, leaving the Pac-12 second only to the Ivy League, which had four members ranked in the top 10 amongst U.S. universities. Cal and UCLA were the top two public universities in the annual poll while Washington was fourth. Overall, nine Pac-12 schools were ranked in the top 100 schools worldwide, including Stanford (2), Cal (4), UCLA (12), Washington (16), Colorado (32), USC (46), Arizona State (78), Utah (79) and Arizona (80).

"We are extremely proud of the academic excellence represented by our universities and the recognition they have again received in this prestigious global ranking," Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. "The unique balance of academic prestige and athletic success across all sports has distinguished the Pac-12 as the Conference of Champions."

ARWU uses six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Scientific, numbers of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance with respect to size of an institution. More than 1,000 universities are ranked by ARWU every year and the top 500 are published.

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