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Graduate School Rankings

Performance Surveys

Caltech is rated the world's number three university in the 2017-18 Times Higher Education global ranking of the top 1,000 universities.  Caltech was also ranked number one for 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2015-16.  The  Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai) has ranked Caltech as one of the top five universities in Science and top six overall in the world from 2004 to 2013. 

Reputation Surveys

According to the 2013 rankings from the U.S. News & World Report "Best Graduate Schools" issue, "The California Institute of Technology headlines the new rankings, with top billing in three science fields: chemistry, earth sciences and physics."  In addition to its number-one rankings in those fields, the Institute ranked fifth overall in the biological sciences and achieved top-five status in several engineering programs, ranking first in aeronautical engineering, second in chemical engineering, third in mechanical engineering, and fifth in electrical engineering. Overall, the  Division of Engineering and Applied Science was ranked fourth.               

NAS Ranking of Research-Based Doctorate Programs in the United States

In 2006-2007, the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences conducted a comprehensive survey of more than 5000 research-based doctorate programs in 212 schools and 62 fields. Details of the methodology, data, and a detailed statistical analysis (available in spreadsheet format) are available at  the National Academies website.  An analysis of the rankings of Caltech programs shows that 23 of our programs are ranked within the top four programs in country in their size range. For more details, see our Caltech NAS Ranking webpage.

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