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UB ranked No. 1 among NY public universities in WSJ/THE ranking

students at orientation holding signs that feature the words defining their upcoming experience at UB.

UB made significant improvement in its student engagement score as part of the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2019 Rankings. Photo: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki


Published September 21, 2018


UB is the No. 1 public university in New York State, according to the 2019 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking.

The WSJ/THE rankings differ from other ratings in that their methodology incorporates student success and learning by including the results of the THE US Student Survey. The survey examines a range of key issues, including students’ engagement with their studies, their interaction with their teachers and their satisfaction with their experience.

The overall methodology explores four key areas: resources, which represents 30 percent of the overall ranking; engagement (20 percent); outcomes (40 percent); and environment (10 percent).

UB saw significant improvement in its student engagement rank, moving up to No. 283 in the new rankings from 449th in last year’s rankings among nearly 1,000 colleges and universities nationwide.

Among other highlights from this year’s rankings, UB is: 

  • No. 120 among public and private universities nationwide, which is significantly higher than its No. 147 ranking in 2016, the first year the WSJ/THE Rankings were compiled.
  • No. 28 among public universities in the U.S.
  • No. 13 among all colleges in New York State.
  • No. 56 among all colleges in the Northeast.

Stony Brook was the next-highest rated public university in New York State at No. 135, followed by Binghamton at No. 174.

UB ranked ahead several of its peers in the Association of American Universities (AAU), including the University of Arizona, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Iowa, Indiana University Bloomington, Rutgers and the University of Oregon.

The complete rankings can be found on the Times Higher Education website.

Harvard University again topped the list, with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale University rounding out the top three.

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings come less than two weeks after U.S. News & World Report released its rankings, in which UB jumped eight spots to No. 89 nationally and three spots, to No. 38, among public universities.