Pitt ranked top public university in Northeast by Wall Street Journal

For the fourth time in five years, Pitt has been named the top public university in the Northeast by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings.

In addition, Pitt was ranked 25th among all public schools in the country and 96th among all schools nationally.

“This ranking celebrates our boundary pushers, brilliant visionaries and bold thinkers,” Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said in a news release. “It’s hard-earned praise for faculty, students and staff who continue to advance the University of Pittsburgh’s mission — leveraging knowledge for society’s gain — in powerful and meaningful ways.”

The ranking is based on 15 factors across four key areas: student outcomes, including graduate salaries and debt burdens (40 percent), academic resources (30 percent), student engagement (20 percent) and diversity (10 percent).

Three schools tied for second among public schools in the Northeast — the University of Connecticut, Penn State and Stony Brook University, which all ranked No. 105 among all schools in the country. The University of Buffalo was ranked fifth.

The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) was named the top public school in the country, followed by Michigan, North Carolina, UC Berkeley and UC Davis.

Overall, Harvard, MIT, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania took the top four spots in the ranking of more than 800 schools, with CalTech and Princeton tied for fifth.

In September 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked Pitt among the nation’s top 20 public colleges and universities in their 2020 Best Colleges list.

— Susan Jones


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