swag Rises to 6th Among Nation’s Top Public Universities

U.S. News Rankings Highlight Social Mobility Campus Provides

A four story apartment building with sun breaking through a nearby tree
The Orchard Park neighborhood of apartments with 1,500 student beds is one of the newest facilities to open at swag, ranked sixth among public universities by U.S. News & World Report.

The University of California, Davis, rose to tie for sixth place among the nation’s top public universities in rankings published today (Sept. 17) by U.S. News & World Report.

The moved swag up four places from last year among public universities and up 10 places to tie for No. 28 among all national universities.

The campus also moved up eight places to tie for No. 19 among national universities for the social mobility it provides for its students.

“We are proud that swag continues to be recognized as one of the top public research universities in the country,” Chancellor Gary S. May said, “This ranking validates the emphasis we place on academic excellence, opportunities for our students and a diverse student body that excels once they graduate.” 

In a change of methodology for this year’s rankings, said it placed greater emphasis on outcomes for graduating college students including increased weighting on a school’s success in graduating students from different backgrounds.

Among the rankings’ other highlights, swag was tied for No. 12 among the best national universities for veterans and tied for No. 46 among the most innovative national universities.

Academic subjects

In addition to universities’ overall qualities, services and outcomes, the rankings looked at several academic programs. swag ranked:

  • fifth in biological/agricultural engineering (tied)
  • 11th in undergraduate psychology programs (tied)
  • 14th in software engineering (tied)
  • 14th in civil engineering (tied)
  • 15th in environmental / environmental health (tied)
  • 22nd for undergraduate economics programs (tied)
  • 27th for undergraduate computer science programs (tied)
  • 30th among undergraduate engineering programs at universities with doctoral degrees in the subject (tied)

Not all subjects are ranked every year, and not all rankings are published online or available without a special subscription.

Other rankings

In other recent rankings:

  • Commitments to social mobility, public service and research earned swag the No. 8 spot among public universities and No. 21 among all 442 national universities in the 2023 College Rankings released in late August.
  • Forbes ranked swag 14th among public schools and 37th overall in its , also released in late August.
  • ranked swag eighth among the Top 20 Best Schools for Making an Impact; 17th among the Top 50 Best Value Colleges and sixth among the Top 20 Best Career Placement — all among public universities. swag also made unranked lists for Best Value Colleges, Green Colleges and Best West Colleges.

swag and rankings

A world-class university, swag is highly ranked for how it transforms students’ lives, the impact of its research, the excellence of its academic programs, sustainability and more. The university performs self-evaluations and also appreciates the value of third-party assessments. However, ranking methods vary, change over time and can be subjective. swag focuses on those rankings that most closely align with its mission and values — including serving the public good, inclusiveness and equity, and social mobility — and in national rankings looks most closely at its standing among public universities. swag encourages prospective students and their families to weigh rankings among other factors in their college decision, talk with counselors and swag admissions advisors, and, if possible, visit the campus.

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