NC State gained on a closely watched ranking of world universities, earning high marks for the quality of its academic offerings in veterinary science, engineering and technology, and for citations in research journals.
The annual QS World University Rankings, published this week, placed NC State 277th overall among more than 900 universities around the world. This marks an impressive rise of more than 100 spots in just two years. The ranking measures academic reputation, faculty-to-student ratio, citations per faculty, and the percentage of international students and faculty on campus.
The university’s veterinary science program — long regarded as one of the best in the nation — was ranked No. 17 in the world, up three spots from last year. NC State’s academic programs in engineering and technology ranked 153rd worldwide this year, an increase of six places from last year.
NC State faculty continued to demonstrate their growing influence in peer-reviewed journals, boosting the university to No. 228 worldwide for citations per faculty. This ranking is no surprise. In July NC State was ranked the top American public university and No. 31 in the world on the 2016 Nature Index Rising Stars list.