Position in international rankings (2023)

The University of Groningen is proud to number among the world’s top universities. It has a ‘Top 100’ ranking in the ARWU Shanghai Ranking and the THE World University Rankings, among others. The following is a summary of the University of Groningen’s position in various international rankings. This summary, which is by no means exhaustive, is limited to a number of highly acclaimed international rankings. However, quality has many different aspects (teaching, research, societal impact, etc.), is highly dependent on geographic and disciplinary contexts and is not necessarily the same across all parts of the University (faculties, institutes and degree programmes).

Academic Ranking of World Universities (#66, 2022)

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU Shanghai Ranking) is a global ‘Top 500’ ranking that is published annually by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. This ranking uses a weighting of 67% for Web of Science data (highly cited researchers [22%], publications in Nature and Science [22%], and citations [22%]), while the remaining 33% is based on prizes (Nobel Prizes and Field Medals). The University of Groningen is currently in 66th place in this ranking. Aside from this impressive score for the University as a whole, the University of Groningen also ranks among the global ‘Top 100’ in a number of specific academic fields: Automation & control (15), Education (25), Pharmacy & pharmaceutical sciences (34), Business administration (37), Public health (40), Communication (40), Psychology (41), Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Clinical Medicine, Dentistry & Oral Sciences, Ecology, Economics, Management, Nursing (51-75) en Geography, Physics en Sociology (76-100).

THE World University Rankings (#75, 2023)

The British magazine Times Higher Education publishes a ranking of universities throughout the world. In addition to its achievements in the areas of teaching and research, the University’s international reputation plays a part in determining its ranking. This ranking uses a weighting of 38.5% for Scopus data (citations [30%], productivity [6%] and international cooperation [2.5%]), 33% for reputation and 28.5% for self-reported figures (numbers of staff, students and PhDs awarded [17.5%] and income [11%]). The University of Groningen is currently in 75th place in this ranking. In the Subject rankings, the University of Groningen ranked in the ‘Top 100’ in the following academic fields featured here: Psychology (62), Law (72), Arts and Humanities (72), Business and Economics (83), Physical Sciences (76), Life Sciences (77) and Social sciences (68).
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QS World University Rankings (#145, 2023)

The QS World University Rankings is another ranking of higher education institutions throughout the world. This ranking uses a weighting of 50% for reputation and 20% for Scopus data (citations), while the remaining 30% is based on self-reported figures (numbers of staff and students) [20%] and internationalization [10%]. The 2023 edition gives the University of Groningen a ranking of 145 in a list of over 900 universities throughout the world.
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U.S. News ‘Best Global Universities Ranking’ (#88, 2023)

The American magazine U.S. News also publishes a global ranking of universities. This is based on data from Clarivate Analytics, which publishes the Web of Science citation database. This ranking uses a weighting of 75% for Web of Science data (research performance) and 25% for the reputation among academics. The University of Groningen is currently in 88th place in this ranking. The university also features in the global ‘Top 100’ in the academic fields of Cardiac and cardiovascular systems (9), Psychiatry/psychology (36), Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging (36), Arts and humanities (39), Space science (39), Economics and business (50), Endocrinology and Metabolism (52), Clinical medicine (60), Education and Educational Research (60), Infectious diseases (68), Molecular biology and genetics (70), Surgery (73), Pharmacology and toxicology (75), Oncology (84), Social sciences and public health (87), Gastroenterology and Hepatology (88), Biology and biochemistry (94) en Public, Environmental and Occupational Health (99).
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NTU Ranking (#70, 2021)

Each year, the National Taiwan University publishes the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, formerly known as the HEEACT Ranking. This is a ‘Top 500’ of the world’s universities, based on 8 productivity and citation impact indicators derived from Web of Science data. The University of Groningen was 70rd in the world in the 2021 ranking. The University of Groningen scores best in the academic fields of Medicine (51), Social Sciences (56) and Life Sciences (71).
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University Ranking by Academic Performance (#72, 2020-2021)

University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) is a Web of Science (WoS)-based ranking of the 2000 most-published universities, drawn up by the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. An institution’s position in this ranking is based on its absolute number of WoS publications and citations (52%), on relative citation impact (33%) and on the number of WoS publications with foreign co-authors (15%). Averaged across all 61 academic fields featured here, the University of Groningen ranks 72th (2020-20201). The University of Groningen features among the global ‘Top 100’ (2020-2021) in 21 of the 40 academic fields in which the University is sufficiently findable in the WoS.
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Webometrics (#85, 2022)

The Webometrics is compiled on the basis of measurements made at six-monthly intervals by the Spanish Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC). Webometrics assesses university websites. Here, a university’s performance is measured on the basis of website activities and results, and on the impact and relevance of such activities and results. According to the measurement made in January 2022, the University of Groningen ranks 85th in the world and 15th in Europe.
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UI GreenMetric World University Ranking (#3, 2021)

The UI GreenMetric World University Ranking was launched by the Universitas Indonesia (UI) to focus awareness on sustainability in university policy-making. Universities are ranked on the basis of self-reported data in the areas of Setting and Infrastructure, Energy and Climate Change, Waste, Water, Transportation, and Education and Research. The University of Groningen ranked 3rd in 2021.
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CWUR World University Rankings (#105, 2022-2023)

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) is a consulting organization for higher education based in the United Arab Emirates. CWUR published its first world ranking of higher education institutions in 2012. This ranking has a reputation for assigning weightings to indicators other than the traditional ‘publications’ and ‘citations’. For instance, it also features ‘quality of education’ and ‘alumni employment’. Furthermore, it does not rely on surveys conducted or data provided by universities themselves. The ranking is based on 7 indicators, calculated on the basis of data from independent public sources. These sources include research publications and research citations according to Clarivate Analytics (40%), major international prizes awarded to alumni (25%) and academic staff (10%), and CEO positions held by alumni in companies listed in the Forbes Global 2000 (25%). In 2022-2023, the University of Groningen ranked 105th.
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U-Multirank (2022)

U-Multirank (UMR) is technically not a ranking but an online tool used to compare higher education institutions from 92 different countries. They are compared on the basis of (self-selectable selections of) 40 indicators within 5 different dimensions (Teaching and Learning, Research, Knowledge transfer, International Orientation and Regional Engagement). UMR was developed by a consortium consisting of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) in Twente, the Centre for Higher Education (CHE) in Germany and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) in Leiden. When the scores on all 40 indicators are summed, the University of Groningen achieved 6th place among 1224 medium or very large public institutions offering bachelor's, master's and PhD programs. The UG ranked 1st in the Netherlands.
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Does ranking really matter? ›

Use rankings as just one piece of the decision-making process. In many cases, a particular ranking may not mean anything to your student. They should do their own research and look for the experience they want. Your student should feel welcomed and challenged academically by an academic community.

Do employers look at university rankings? ›

Look at overall university rankings – especially if you're unsure what career you want. Employers who don't require specific degree subjects tend to target the universities with the best overall reputations, and those which have provided them with the best candidates in the past.

Which is the most accurate university ranking? ›

The three longest established and most influential global rankings are those produced by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), Times Higher Education (THE) and Shanghai Ranking Consultancy (the Academic Ranking of World Universities; ARWU).

What is the purpose of ranking system? ›

Rankings provide an incentive for better data collection within institutions, they can expose pockets of institutional weakness and confirm areas of strength, and they are useful for benchmarking against like institutions. Rankings encourage institutions to re- examine mission statements.

Do universities care about rankings? ›

Whether you list a university or a specific program as first, second, third or higher on the application is not normally a factor in the universities' admission decisions. A university must make its policy clear in its own information where there are exceptions to the policy of using the numbered list of choices.

What are the benefits of ranking? ›

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  • Visibility.
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How important is a University ranking? ›

The True Importance of College Rankings

The reason why students find the rankings so important is because they use them to decipher the differences between schools. If a student is deciding between five different colleges, the rankings make it easier to determine what makes one college different from the others.

How do universities decide your ranking? ›

Each university is judged in five categories covering the core missions of all world-class, global universities: Teaching, Research, Citations (research influence), Industry Income and International Outlook. The five scores in these categories for each ranked university are available under “performance breakdown”.

Does University ranking matter in UK for job? ›

The ranking of your university is more important than the rest of your CV at the time you graduate, and it remains damn important so long as you're in a job. If you're choosing a university to go to the university ranking should be the most important consideration BY FAR.

What is the unhappiest university? ›

20 Colleges With the Unhappiest Students?
  • Clarkson University. ...
  • Duquesne University. ...
  • Emerson College. ...
  • George Mason University. ...
  • Illinois Institute of Technology. ...
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania. ...
  • Marywood University. ...
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology.
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Who is No 1 university in world? ›

List of top 1000 universities in the world
UniversityCountryTHE 2022
University of OxfordUnited Kingdom1
University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom5
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)United States2
University of California, Berkeley (UCB)United States8
54 more rows

Which is the most important university ranking? ›

The top 50 most prestigious universities
Reputation Rank 2021Reputation Rank 2020University
11Harvard University
22Massachusetts Institute of Technology
35University of Oxford
43Stanford University
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What is system of ranking position? ›

System of Ranking Positions - is the hierarchical arrangement of positions from highest to lowest, which shall be a guide in determining which position is next-in-rank, taking into consideration the following: a. organizational structure; b. salary grade allocation; C.

What are the types of ranking? ›

There are three main types of ranking: Standard competition ranking, ordinal ranking, and fractional ranking.

Does student ranking really matter? ›

Your class rank helps colleges put your GPA into context and gives them more insight into your academic abilities. Some states offer high school students guaranteed admission to state universities if they have a certain class rank.

Can you trust college rankings? ›

While the rankings can be disputed and these lists are subjective, college ranking lists do provide some insight into the reputations of different colleges. Graduate schools and employers often consider the reputations of different schools when they make decisions.

Do university world rankings matter? ›

The simple answer is yes. It can be well worth your time to carefully study how a university ranks in different subjects, as well as its overall ranking. Often, the right university for you won't be one with the highest overall ranking.

What does it mean to be high ranking? ›

/ˌhaɪˈræŋ.kɪŋ/ having an important position in an organization. Important people and describing important people.

Do university rankings matter us? ›

If you are looking for the best university for a specific subject, university rankings can narrow down the list and simplify the decision-making process. When comparing lesser-known universities, students can also refer to rankings as a quick reputation check to gauge its standing.

Does ranking matter for Masters? ›

Probably not. In rankings, many universities have very similar scores, with only minor differences. As a result, their position may vary over the years, but not by much.

How do they rank the students? ›

The term class rank refers to the hierarchical ranking of students based on academic performance or grade point average. Rankings may be expressed in numerical order (first, second, third, top ten, etc.) or as percentiles (top ten percent, top twenty-five percent, etc.).

Does University ranking affect salary? ›

For example, the average early career salaries of graduates from the top 10 colleges ($72,160) in the United States are 47% higher than those with degrees from the ten colleges within the City University New York (CUNY) school system ($48,960), many of which are ranked within the top 100.

Is a 2.1 from Oxford Good? ›

Employers may consider a 2:2 from Oxford a better result than a higher class degree from many other universities. See some employers' views on how they view degree results below.

How good is a 2.1 degree? ›

First-class honours (1st): this is the highest degree classification. Usually, the average overall score of 70%+ Second-class honours, upper division (2.1): usually, the average overall exam score of 60%+ Second-class honours, lower division (2.2): usually, the average overall score of 50%+

Which university has the most attractive students? ›

  • Pepperdine University. 89.6.
  • Miami University, Oxford. 89.1.
  • Coastal Carolina University. 88.5.
  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington. 88.5.
  • Arizona State University, Main Campus. 88.4.
  • Wake Forest University. 88.3.
  • Florida A&M University (Agricultural & Mechanical) 87.9.
  • University of Mississippi Main Campus. 85.6.

What is the most stressful course in university? ›

College majors in the STEM field tend to be the most stressful, such as engineering and architecture. The same is true for many of those in the medical or healthcare field, including nursing and neuroscience. There are also stressful majors from other fields, such as accounting and related areas.

Which country has the best education system? ›

  • United States. #1 in Education Rankings. No Change in Rank from 2021. ...
  • United Kingdom. #2 in Education Rankings. ...
  • Germany. #3 in Education Rankings. ...
  • Canada. #4 in Education Rankings. ...
  • France. #5 in Education Rankings. ...
  • Switzerland. #6 in Education Rankings. ...
  • Japan. #7 in Education Rankings. ...
  • Sweden. #8 in Education Rankings.

Is Oxford better than Harvard? ›

The QS World University Rankings for 2022 have Oxford at second, Cambridge in joint third place and Harvard coming in at fifth. By contrast, the Times Higher Education Rankings puts Oxford in the first position, with Harvard in joint second and Cambridge in joint fifth.

Which country has best universities? ›

United States

What are the top 5 hardest universities to get into? ›

Top 10 Hardest Colleges to Get Into
  1. Harvard. Cambridge, MA. 3.19%
  2. Columbia. New York, NY. 3.73%
  3. Caltech. Pasadena, CA. 3.92%*
  4. Stanford. Stanford, CA. 3.95%*
  5. MIT. Cambridge, MA. 3.96%
  6. Princeton. Princeton, NJ. 4.38%*
  7. Yale. New Haven, CT. 4.47%
  8. Brown. Providence, RI. 5.03%

Are university rankings accurate? ›

US News college rankings are accurate if the methodology used and details provided by schools alone are considered. However, rankings can be influenced by what participating schools disclose. By making strategic responses or manipulating figures, schools can have control over their rankings.

How many university rankings are there? ›

U.S. News provides more than 100 different types of numerical rankings and lists to help students narrow their college search.

Is position and rank same? ›

Answer: The distinction between rank and position as nouns is that rank refers to a row of individuals or objects arranged in a grid pattern, frequently soldiers; the perpendicular columns in such a design are referred to as "file," while position refers to a place or location.

What are the rules of ranking? ›

Rule of rank is a principle of statutory construction according to which a statute dealing with things or persons of an inferior rank cannot by any general words be extended to things or persons of a superior rank.

How is the ranking method done? ›

Ranking method is a method of performance appraisal. Ranking method is the oldest and most conventional for of method. In this method all employees are compared on the basis of worth. They are ranked on the basis of best to worst.

How do you write a ranking question? ›

In the question text field, write instructions that ask respondents to rank the answer choices in order of preference, 1 being the highest. It may also help to include what all the choices have in common. For instance, "Rank the following ice cream flavors in order of preference, 1 being your most preferred flavor."

What is class rank example? ›

Your class rank measures where you stand academically compared to others in your graduating class. For example, if you have a GPA of a 3.7 and your friend has a GPA of 3.8, your friend will rank higher than you do. Class rank may be used as a number (such as 6th in a class) or as a percentile (top 25% of a class).

What means rank example? ›

Example, with R

Given the lowest rank is 1 and the highest rank is n, the middle rank is (1+n)/2 - which is also the mean rank. For n=5 values, the midrank is 3, whereas for n=4 values the midrank would be 2.5 - which is a bit awkward when you have no value of that rank.

What is a quality ranking factor? ›

QRFs / EFs are used by OFDA and OTI as a tool to obtain a deeper understanding of each candidate's job-specific qualifications in a uniform way. Each factor has been selected because it plays an important part in indicating whether a candidate could be successful in the new position.

What type of variable is rankings? ›

A ranked variable is an ordinal variable; a variable where every data point can be put in order (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.).

What type of data is most associated with ranking? ›

Rank order data (also known as ordinal data) is a type of quantitative data.

Does rank matter more than GPA? ›

According to a recent report from NACAC, class rank is considered among the “next most important factors” for college admissions after GPA, test scores, grades, and strength of curriculum. However, in practice the importance of class rank will vary from college to college.

Is ranking important for university? ›

The True Importance of College Rankings

The reason why students find the rankings so important is because they use them to decipher the differences between schools. If a student is deciding between five different colleges, the rankings make it easier to determine what makes one college different from the others.

Can two students get the same rank? ›

List of toppers would be available shortly on the official website as well. This year, no two students would share the same rank, thanks to the new tie breaking criteria. Till last year, NTA would release the NTA scores for the candidates and declare the list of candidates who scored 100 percentile.

Why is S rank better than a? ›

An A rank is commonly obtained by getting a 90% to 95%. If the player is flawless or achieves perfection in something, it qualifies as an S .

What does it mean if your class rank is 1? ›

If your child has the highest GPA in their class, their class rank would be #1—they'd be the valedictorian. If your child has the lowest, their class rank would be #100.

Is 1.75 A good GPA? ›

The answer is No. The national average for a GPA is around 3.0 and a 1.7 GPA puts you below that average.

What rank is a 2.5 GPA? ›

A 2.5 GPA corresponds to a C average, making it a common starting GPA for many colleges and universities, even some more competitive institutions — though acceptance at that level would be a long shot.

What rank is a 3.0 GPA? ›

It indicates that you've gotten grades between B+ and B- for the majority of your classes, giving you a percentile between 83% and 86%. A 3.0 GPA is considered a straight “B” average and makes you a competitive applicant for a number of colleges and universities.

How much do university rankings matter? ›

In The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2019 report from the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, 15% of freshman survey respondents said that rankings were important in deciding on a college. The top reasons include the school's good academic reputation at 63% and that graduates get good jobs at 55%.


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