UCSD ranks 10th in best public schools list

SAN DIEGO — UC San Diego made the top 10 list of best public schools in the United States again this year, in the U.S. News & World Report’s Annual Ranking of America’s Best Colleges released Tuesday.

UCSD was ranked 10th and San Diego State University was ranked 74th among public universities, according to the magazine.

On the best overall national universities list, which included both public and private schools, UCSD was ranked 44th, the University of San Diego was ranked 86th and SDSU came in 146th. Princeton University in New Jersey was the top rated school.

“We are pleased to be recognized once again by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 10 best public universities,” UCSD Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla said. “We are proud that UC San Diego’s impact is felt far beyond the walls of our campus, as we continually push boundaries and drive innovation to make our world a better place.”

USD, which was chartered in 1949, is the youngest private university on the overall best list and moved up three spots from last year.

“The University of San Diego’s outstanding performance in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings is affirmation of USD’s world- class academic programs, award-winning faculty and thriving alumni network,” USD President Dr. James T. Harris III said. “Our commitment to the liberal arts and engaged scholarship develops graduates with the ability to write and speak effectively, construct and evaluate arguments, apply knowledge in real- world settings, make ethical decisions, and work well in teams to confront humanity’s urgent challenges.”

SDSU has been gaining ground over the last five years, moving up 37 spots from 183rd overall in 2011.

“The recognition from U.S. News and World Report is a testament to the hard work of our faculty, staff, students, alumni and community supporters,” President Elliot Hirshman said. “Their dedication to this university helps create the high quality educational experiences and outstanding academic programs these rankings recognize.