Penn State places within top 0.3 percent in Center for World University Rankings | Campus

Penn State secured a spot in the top 0.3 percent in the Center for World University Rankings Monday.

On Oct. 16, the CWUR released its list of the world’s best universities — with Penn State resting at number 58. Within the United States, the university placed 36th.

The CWUR used a set of eight factors — including awards won by faculty and numbers of alumni CEOs — to evaluate 27,000 universities worldwide. The top 1000 research universities, measured by their publication output, received rankings based on the previous criteria.

The CWUR prides itself in judging each university by its numbers, claiming on its website that it has a ranking system that works independently of university data submissions and surveys.

In its subject area rankings released earlier this year, the CWUR ranked Penn State within the top 10 universities in the world for 12 subjects. Penn State’s sociology and family studies programs were judged to be the best in the world, while its materials science and ceramics program ranked fourth.

Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers responded that the University’s success in the rankings speaks to the quality of its community.

“We’re pleased to be counted among the top 0.3 percent of universities worldwide by CWUR,” Powers said via e-mail. “Our ranking at 58th internationally — and 36th among our peers nationally — points to the high quality and great achievements of our students and faculty.”

To view the full list of CWUR rankings, visit its website.


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