UC Irvine Remains Top U.S. University under 50 Years Old; UT Dallas Makes Big Gains

The Times Higher Education: Top Universities in the World Under 50 Years Old publication was released today, and the same U.S. institutions that made the list in 2012 also appear in the latest edition, with UC Irvine at the top.

Even though the same eight U.S. universities are among the top 100 “young” institutions worldwide, their places relative to similar universities have changed: UC Irvine dropped only one place, from number 5 to number 4, while UT Dallas leaped from number 29 to number 15.

It is important to bear in mind that all of the world university rankings emphasize research far more than typical domestic rankings, such as those by U.S. News, which reflects research quality only as it influences the academic reputation component of the magazine’s methodology.

Here is the methodology used by Thomson Reuters and the Times are these:

Research: volume, income and reputation (30 per cent)

  • Citations: research influence (30 per cent)
  • Teaching: the learning environment (30 per cent)
  • International outlook: people 
  • and research (7.5 per cent)
  • Industry income: innovation (2.5 per cent).

Top U.S. Universities Under 50 Years Old (2013):

UC Irvine–2013 rank 5; 2012 rank 4

UC Santa Cruz–2013 rank 11, 2012 rank 7

UT Dallas–2013 rank 15; 2012 rank 29

Illinois Chicago–2013 rank 19; 2012 rank 11

George Mason–2013 rank 59; 2012 rank 57

UMD Baltimore Co–2013 rank 60; 2012 rank 63

UT San Antonio–2013 rank 70; 2012 rank 53

Florida International–2013 rank 84; 2012 rank 84