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UCSF ranks 40th in the World Reputation Ratings for 2013, down from 31st  in 2012. Within the UC System, UCSF ranks behind UC Berkeley (5th), UCLA (8th), and UC San Diego (37th). Harvard has the top brand, setting the bar at an overall rating of 100.00. UCSF’s rating is 8.7.

The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings employ the world’s largest invitation-only academic opinion survey to provide the definitive list of the top 100 most powerful global university brands. A spin-off of the annual World University Rankings, the reputation league table is based on nothing more than subjective judgement – but it is the considered expert judgement of senior, published academics – the people best placed to know the most about excellence in our universities.

Search through the accompanying World University Rankings. There must be some explanation as to why UCSF is not included. Perhaps it is due to UCSF’s specialized nature as a health sciences graduate level university that disqualifies us from this list. It is very troubling to consider the possibility that we simply didn’t make the cut.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-2013 powered by Thomson Reuters are the only global university performance tables to judge world class universities across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The top universities rankings employ 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available, which are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

In the Reputation list, here is how UCSF compares to #1 Harvard —


Cambridge, United States

Region: North America

  • Overall reputation score
  • Reputation (teaching)
  • Reputation (research)


San Francisco, United States

Region: North America

  • Overall reputation score
  • Reputation (teaching)
  • Reputation (research)

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