The University of Texas at Austin Achieves No. 25 in World University Ranking

Oct. 3, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin vaulted into the top 25 of the world's elite universities in the 2012-13 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, considered one of the most authoritative assessments of universities.

The university's ranking jumped to No. 25 from No. 29 in the 2011-12 rankings. The university achieved higher scores in all the major ranking categories such as teaching, research and innovation.

The rankings' editor noted that The University of Texas at Austin's gain was striking in that it bucked the trend of other U.S. universities and was made against strengthening global competition.

“UT Austin’s impressive performance this year sees it enter the top 25 of the world’s best universities," editor Phil Baty said. "Even more remarkably, this jump from 29 to 25 comes amidst an alarming sector-wide decline for the U.S., with 51 institutions falling down the table in the face of mounting competition from heavy-spending Asian nations. UT Austin is one of a minority of American universities resilient to the challenge posed by the East in 2012, and it is rightly rewarded with a place in the world’s top 25.”

The higher ranking comes even as the university receives less state funding and charges lower tuition than most of its peer public research universities in the United States.

“When we consider that we are keeping company with universities that are hundreds of years old, and schools with private endowments and public funding that dwarf ours, we have that much more to be proud of,” said President Bill Powers. “If we can make the world’s top 25 with the relatively low funding we have now, imagine what we could do with a robust and sustained commitment.”

The Times Higher Education ranking is the latest to place UT Austin among the world's top universities.

The university is 30th on the Center for World University Rankings of the world’s top 100 universities and 35th on the Academic Rankings of World Universities. In the U.S. News & World Report magazine rankings of America’s best colleges and graduate schools, the university tied for 46th among the top national universities and ranked 13th among the public schools.

“UT Austin’s impressive showing in The Times Higher Education World Rankings is evidence that the university’s motto rings true: ‘What starts here changes the world,’” said UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa. “I am very proud of President Bill Powers, his faculty and staff for working together to position UT Austin to be named among the 25 best universities in the world.”

“The fact that UT Austin’s scores increased during a time when global competition has been strengthening is particularly heartening,” said Gene Powell, chairman of the UT System Board of Regents. “On behalf of the Regents, I congratulate President Bill Powers and the outstanding faculty, staff and students at UT Austin for this achievement."

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings uses 13 separate performance indicators to examine a university’s strengths against all of its core missions — teaching, research and citations, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

The university's overall score for the 2012-13 ranking was 78.8 out of 100, up from 74.9 last year.

UT Austin's scores increased in all five of the ranking's headline categories. The new scores, with the 2011-12 scores in parentheses, are: Teaching, 75.5 (69.5); Research, 80.7 (76.1); Citations, 91 (89.6); Industry Income, 57.9 (57.7); International Outlook, 42.1 (38.8).

According to the Times, the data for the rankings are collected, analyzed and verified by Thomson Reuters, a global information-tracking company. This year’s rankings employ an identical methodology to the 2011-12 rankings for clear year-on-year comparisons.

The Times Higher Education rankings information was released Oct. 3, with more detailed information to come Oct. 6.

For more information, contact: Tim Green, Office of the Vice President for Research;  Gary Susswein, Office of the President, 512-471-4945.

18 Comments to "The University of Texas at Austin Achieves No. 25 in World University Ranking"

1.  kent hytken said on Oct. 3, 2012

Being a University of Texas alumni it is a tremendous accomplishment to position UT Austin to be named among the 25 best universities in the world. Congratulations to the faculty and staff for working together to achieve this milestone.

2.  Paul Kasun said on Oct. 3, 2012

Enjoy what our monastery has invested in!


3.  Borui Liu said on Oct. 4, 2012

WOW! UT Austin is so awesome! Come up! Maybe one or two tears later, UT will be the TOP 20 Universities globally!

4.  Cat said on Oct. 4, 2012

Makes me proud of myself all over again, graduating with honors from UT Austin!!!

5.  Melissa Myer said on Oct. 4, 2012

You go, alma mater -- so proud of you!

6.  teofilo altamirano said on Oct. 4, 2012

Although my higher education is british, I am delighted this university hosting me as Tinker Visiting Professor for this semester at LLILAS is ranked in such a place. UT Austin seen from LA and my country Peru, has enormous recognition. Many of my former students came to earn their MA or PhD
Glad to be here this semester

7.  Dr. Fozdar said on Oct. 4, 2012

I got my PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2009. I told the editor of the Times a couple of years ago to watch out for us (UT), as we are on the move. This is no surprise, as we have a great student and faculty body.

8.  Joey kindred said on Oct. 4, 2012

Pretty cool!

9.  ALEXANDER said on Oct. 5, 2012

Que bueno y que orgullo saber esto ya que seré de los próximos estudiantes que harán historia en esta universidad .
Josue 1:9

10.  Alissa said on Oct. 5, 2012

I hope someone shows this to the Board of Regents. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

11.  Isaac said on Oct. 5, 2012

I'm going to have to disagree. If UT is such a great school, then why is it so hard to find a decent job. I'm going to say the whole grading system is inflated probably as bad as the morggage crisis. Pick an in demand career, don't do what you want, you want to live well and have a decnt living right, so pick an in demand career field, go to ACC and do nuring, Law Enforcement, or computers, or do the same at UT both most UT degrees, most college degrees in general are close to worthless.

12.  Isaac said on Oct. 6, 2012

Rankings don't mean anything, it's worse than grade inflation. Kids ought to reconsider going to a top 25 college when tuition is on a steady rise and you won't even be able to get a decent job at UT with a UT Degree. Free Speech.

13.  Maria said on Oct. 6, 2012

Proud to be part of this university, alumni, and researcher. Since the Fall, also mother of a freshman in the College of Natural Sciences. Congrats to all of us!

14.  Jagan said on Oct. 7, 2012

Wow, this is great news. UT has forever changed my life by giving me the opportunity to study further and do my academic mentors proud. I cannot be prouder about my Alma Mater, the glorious burnt orange color which I so love. This is a place where a thousand dreams come true and changes the world.

15.  Jyotsna Arora said on Oct. 7, 2012

Way to go. Proud parent of a current student at UT!!

16.  Rasul said on Oct. 10, 2012

Good job!

17.  Luis said on Oct. 15, 2012

The entire state of Texas should be proud. Public higher education in Texas is on the rise, and UT's momentum should motivate and carry other state institutions. The quality of life in Texas is second to none (considering a combination of competitive salaries, ample job growth, low cost of living, quality public education, etc) in the U.S. UT sudents, alumni, and faculty/staff should be proud of such an honor, yet mindful of the never ending global competition. We cannot stagnate here. Endure and persevere.

18.  elbetieha ahmed said on Oct. 16, 2012

Proud of being one of the Ut at austin PhD graduate.