UT Austin wins 15th place in world list of 200 best universities

Nov. 8, 2004

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin is the 15th-best university in the world, according to a new global ranking produced by The Times of London newspaper in its Nov. 5 edition.

Among U.S. public universities, only the University of California at Berkeley, which is listed second in the world, ranked higher than UT Austin.

American institutions occupied seven of the top 10 places, with Oxford and Cambridge universities the highest-ranked outside the United States. UT Austin finished ninth among the top 10 North American public and private universities.

The rankings are based on the amount of cited research produced by faculty members, the ratio of faculty to student numbers, a university’s success in attracting foreign students and in attracting internationally renowned academics.

An additional factor in the rankings is the findings from a previous Times Higher Education Supplement survey in which 1,300 academics in 88 countries were asked to name the best institutions in the fields they felt knowledgeable about.

The five factors were weighted and transformed against a scale that gave the top university 1,000 points and ranked everyone else as a proportion of that score.

Complementing its overall rank of 15th, The University of Texas at Austin was rated seventh in the world in the amount of cited research by faculty members.

Harvard University was first in the list of the world’s best 200 universities.

The United States had 62 of the top 200 universities, followed by Britain with 30, Germany 17 and Australia 14. Twenty-nine countries were represented in the global rankings overall.

“Leading universities increasingly define themselves in terms of international competition,” said John O'Leary, editor of the supplement. “By taking account of the views of academics from across five continents and using the most up-to-date statistics, our ranking gives an informed picture of the world’s top universities.”

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19 Comments to "UT Austin wins 15th place in world list of 200 best universities"

1.  Abdoul Diop said on Dec. 3, 2011

Woow something to be proud of, that makes me forget my painful workload. It means something I did not know: the quality of education I have been getting.

2.  John said on Dec. 6, 2011

good stuff

3.  Eric Sonnier said on Dec. 6, 2011


4.  Kevin Gregory said on Dec. 6, 2011

This is so incredible!! Where can we get a link?

5.  Haley halsted said on Dec. 6, 2011

Post this for all the haters!

6.  Jamie said on Dec. 7, 2011

umm...just looked and i', [retty sure as far as world rankings UT is 29...still awesome...but cross check next time...

7.  Christine said on Dec. 7, 2011

I found the list and UT is ranked 29th in the world. We're not even 15th out of the top US universities on the list. Here is the list: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/2011-2012/top-400.html

8.  Alex said on Dec. 7, 2011

Way to go, UT! Now, if only U.S. News and World Report could get some sense knocked into them!!

9.  James Bradshaw said on Dec. 7, 2011

This makes me proud to be a Longhorn Alumnus!

Next stop Texas MBA !!!!

10.  Sinbad Ali said on Dec. 7, 2011

LOL. Amazing list, Brown at 55th place. Dang I should have jerked around more in high school then maybe I'd be smart enough to get into UT.

11.  Sumedh said on Dec. 7, 2011

How about a link to the source? Below is what I could find, and it doesn't have UT ranked 15th.


12.  Bato Lumbardhaj said on Dec. 7, 2011

Bravo Universiteti i Texas... Duam Me shqiptar te na nderojn tek ky univeristet.

13.  Calvin Kunze said on Dec. 7, 2011

This is the worst piece of "journalism" I've ever seen. I looked up the rankings from the Times of London as well as 3 other rankings of the top world universities in just a few minutes and NONE of your claims are true!




14.  David said on Dec. 8, 2011


15.  Austin Ligon said on Dec. 8, 2011

So, when I go on the Times website, it lists UT Austin as #29.... certainly a great performance, but not #15. It also shows CalTech as #1 in 2012, not Harvard. What am I missing ? Here is the link (which you did not provide):

16.  Mark Williams said on Dec. 11, 2011

Way to go UT!

17.  Samantha Youngblood said on Dec. 12, 2011

Dear recent commenters and UT fans:
You've stumbled upon a news release that was published in 2004. (The date of online publication is listed immediately below the headline.) The University of Texas at Austin ranks 29th out of 400 in the 2011-2012 THE World University Rankings. Still an impressive accomplishment. Thank you for your support and comments.
— Samantha Youngblood, University Communications

18.  mquillin23@gmail.com said on Dec. 12, 2011

Love ya!

19.  Oxy Moron said on Dec. 14, 2011

This article is seven years old. Why would you post it now?