UMass Amherst Again Among World’s Top Universities

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst has risen to 106th among top universities worldwide in 2016 Best Global Universities, a new report by U.S. News & World Report.

The rankings also include 22 broad subject areas, where the university is 10th worldwide in agricultural sciences.

The second annual Best Global Universities ranking was expanded from 500 universities in 49 countries in its first year to 750 universities in 57 countries for 2016. The research-based metrics are based on 12 indicators that measure overall academic research performance and global and regional reputations, not on separate undergraduate or graduate programs.

In the 2015 report, UMass Amherst was 115th among the 500 ranked universities.

In subject rankings for 2016, UMass Amherst was 10th in agricultural science (down from 8th in 2015); 32nd in space science (unchanged); 66th in arts and humanities; 80th in environment and ecology (down from 73rd) and 94th in chemistry. There are 22 subject rankings, but universities are not necessarily ranked in all.

For this report, subject areas are considered broadly. For example, arts and humanities includes archaeology, language and linguistics, and performing arts. Agricultural sciences include horticulture, food science and nutrition, dairy science and agronomy. Environment and ecology includes subjects such as environmental health, environmental monitoring and management, and climate change.  Space science includes astronomy and astrophysics, celestial bodies and other subjects related to the study of the universe.

Other 2016 subject rankings for UMass Amherst were: physics, 123rd; plant and animal science, 131st; biology and biochemistry, 140th; materials science, 141st; geosciences, 146th; and social science and public health, 161st.

The 12 metrics used in the global rankings are weighted as follows: global research reputation, 12.5 percent; regional research reputation, 12.5 percent; publications, 10 percent; books, 2.5 percent; conferences, 2.5 percent; normalized citation impact, 10 percent; total citations, 7.5 percent; number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited, 12.5 percent; percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited, 10 percent; international collaboration, 10 percent; number of Ph.D.s awarded, 5 percent, and number of Ph.D.s awarded per academic staff member, 5 percent.

UMass Amherst also continued its ascent among the nation’s best public universities this year, moving up to No. 29 in the 2016 Best Colleges guide released by U.S. News & World Report in September.

Details of the 2016 Best Global Universities report are online at