University of Pittsburgh
November 27, 2007

Pitt Maintains Its Position of 9th Among U.S. Public Universities and Advances to 28th Place Among All U.S. Universities in "Times Higher-QS World University Rankings 2007"

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PITTSBURGH-The University of Pittsburgh maintained its position of 9th among U.S. public universities and advanced from 32nd to 28th place among all U.S. universities in the "Times Higher-QS World University Rankings 2007," the latest edition of a ranking of the world's top 200 universities by "The Times Higher Education Supplement" (THES) and Quacquarelli Symonds, a global company that provides educational and career information and networking.

In addition, Pitt placed 77th among all universities worldwide in the rankings, up from 88th in 2006. For the 2007 rankings, Pitt tied in the public universities, all U.S. universities, and all universities worldwide categories with Purdue University and in all of these categories placed ahead of the University of Maryland, Vanderbilt University, Case Western Reserve University, Rice University, the University of Virginia, the University of Southern California, Ohio State University, Indiana University, the University of Minnesota, the University of North Carolina, the University of Notre Dame, and Washington University in St. Louis, among others. The other institutions in the top 10 public U.S. universities ranking besides Pitt and Purdue are the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Michigan, the University of California-Los Angeles, the University of Texas-Austin, the University of Washington, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of California-San Diego, and the University of Illinois.

The rankings are based on the opinion of 7,000 active academics and graduate recruiters, alongside quantitative data on research impact, staff and student numbers, and universities' levels of internationalization.

An independent London-based newspaper that reports specifically on higher education issues, THES was, until 2005, a division of News International, publisher of "The Times" of London.