UNC-Chapel Hill has been ranked 30th in the world in the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, moving up three slots from last year's 33rd-place ranking. Out of public universities in the United States, UNC is ranked ninth.
“It's certainly recognizing the expertise and the earned reputation of our faculty, particularly in the natural, social and biomedical sciences,” said Katie Bowler Young, director of UNC Global Relations.
The ShanghaiRanking measures universities on a variety of factors, including the number of Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals won by faculty and number of faculty papers published in reputable publications.
Among UNC’s programs, the dental school was ranked second worldwide. Other top programs include public health and statistics at fourth, pharmacy at fifth and nursing at sixth.
“We are the highest ranked of all of UNC's programs, and the rankings confirm what we know to be true, which is, this is an amazing dental school with special programs and special people that work really, really hard every day to get us that ranking,” said Scott De Rossi, dean of the UNC School of Dentistry.