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The University of California - San Francisco ranked 35th in the United States, 43rd in the global 2023 rating, and scored in the TOP 1-3 across 18 research topics. The University of California - San Francisco ranking is based on 3 factors: research output (EduRank's index has 203,687 academic publications and 10,453,694 citations attributed to the university), non-academic reputation, and the impact of 85 notable alumni.

Ranking Category
#43 of 14,131 In the World
#38 of 2,597 In North America
#35 of 2,496 In the United States
#7 of 249 In California
#1 of 12 In San Francisco
#2 of 6,552 For Medicine
#2 of 5,565 For Pathology
#2 of 3,928 For Immunology
#736 of 7,446 For Alumni Impact
#63 of 14,131 For Non-academic Prominence
Top1-3 For 15 other topics

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Medicine rankings

The University of California - San Francisco ranked 2nd for Medicine in the United States and 2nd in the World with 174,627 publications made and 8,545,484 citations received. Main research topics: Pathology, Surgery, Psychiatry, Immunology, Radiology and Nuclear medicine.

Medicine ranking Location
#2 of 1,495 In the United States
#2 of 1,578 In North America
#2 of 6,552 In the World

University of California - San Francisco
Medicine Publications & Citations

Year Medicine publications Medicine citations
1990 1736 30423
1991 1766 35962
1992 1817 39678
1993 1866 42135
1994 1867 46441
1995 1956 52903
1996 2253 57666
1997 2209 65601
1998 2290 74052
1999 2264 83424
2000 2402 90359
2001 2446 99564
2002 2532 108105
2003 2919 118794
2004 3202 132244
2005 3367 147520
2006 3709 165796
2007 3834 180536
2008 4052 202500
2009 4633 220543
2010 4879 243911
2011 5066 273923
2012 5818 310545
2013 6101 337466
2014 6857 365723
2015 6920 395111
2016 7660 412813
2017 8223 460336
2018 7893 447628
2019 9182 514449
2020 10548 607779
2021 12277 785423
2022 10589 761712

The following table provides academic rankings for The University of California - San Francisco in various areas of Medicine.

Biology rankings

The University of California - San Francisco ranked 5th for Biology in the United States and 5th in the World with 159,071 publications made and 9,080,675 citations received. Main research topics: Genetics, Biochemistry, Immunology, Neuroscience, Oncology and Cancer research.

Biology ranking Location
#5 of 1,528 In the United States
#5 of 1,613 In North America
#5 of 6,663 In the World

University of California - San Francisco
Biology Publications & Citations

Year Biology publications Biology citations
1990 1718 38377
1991 1773 44830
1992 1880 49943
1993 1883 52606
1994 1846 57241
1995 1926 63807
1996 2246 68456
1997 2205 77587
1998 2298 87575
1999 2268 97954
2000 2365 104993
2001 2436 114678
2002 2478 123543
2003 2769 134060
2004 3077 147318
2005 3184 162656
2006 3494 181057
2007 3549 194996
2008 3807 215886
2009 4305 234455
2010 4486 257191
2011 4634 287150
2012 5138 322514
2013 5525 348992
2014 6128 374205
2015 6143 400367
2016 6656 416564
2017 7098 462830
2018 6883 454923
2019 7984 517811
2020 8922 607624
2021 10352 771599
2022 8873 741714

The following table provides academic rankings for The University of California - San Francisco in various areas of Biology.

Biology subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Immunology 2 2 2
Pharmacology 2 2 2
Virology 2 2 2
Bioinformatics and Computational biology 3 3 3
Biochemistry 3 3 3
Genetics 3 3 3
Molecular Biology 3 3 3
Oncology and Cancer research 4 4 4
Biophysics 5 5 5
Neuroscience 5 5 5
Biotechnology 8 9 10
Microbiology 10 11 11
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 10 11 13
Wildlife and Fisheries Management & Conservation 12 14 19
Evolutionary Biology 19 21 25
Toxicology 19 20 27
Paleontology 27 30 44
Botany 35 40 65
Zoology 42 48 95
Astrobiology 58 64 127
Nutrition and Food Science 52 61 252
Animal Science 73 86 253
Nanotechnology 79 86 269
Horticulture 71 83 325
Agricultural Science 93 110 405
Entomology 132 152 425
Forestry 106 132 514

Chemistry rankings

The University of California - San Francisco ranked 11th for Chemistry in the United States and 15th in the World with 99,908 publications made and 6,618,611 citations received. Main research topics: Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Physical chemistry.

Chemistry ranking Location
#11 of 1,357 In the United States
#12 of 1,436 In North America
#15 of 6,327 In the World

University of California - San Francisco
Chemistry Publications & Citations

Year Chemistry publications Chemistry citations
1990 1249 31915
1991 1312 37434
1992 1426 41655
1993 1383 43696
1994 1384 47815
1995 1426 53078
1996 1654 56278
1997 1607 63976
1998 1744 72470
1999 1644 81124
2000 1643 85580
2001 1777 92825
2002 1737 98526
2003 1906 105751
2004 2123 114973
2005 2153 125079
2006 2281 137725
2007 2328 147200
2008 2444 160954
2009 2773 173689
2010 2853 189044
2011 2869 208838
2012 3166 232191
2013 3369 249263
2014 3540 266551
2015 3593 282326
2016 3747 292200
2017 3946 323538
2018 3851 319789
2019 4425 359388
2020 4785 413646
2021 5468 522666
2022 4672 500817

The following table provides academic rankings for The University of California - San Francisco in various areas of Chemistry.

Chemistry subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Biochemistry 3 3 3
Organic Chemistry 23 24 38
Computational Chemistry 33 35 56
Materials Science 56 62 175
Inorganic Chemistry 57 65 199
Radiochemistry 38 44 199
Nutrition and Food Science 52 61 252
Biochemical Engineering 66 77 264
Nanotechnology 79 86 269
Pharmacy 64 74 293
Polymer science and Plastics engineering 79 94 336
Physical chemistry 88 101 379
Chemical Engineering 98 113 481
Environmental Chemistry 119 141 526
Petrology and Geochemistry 195 234 957

Psychology rankings

The University of California - San Francisco ranked 10th for Psychology in the United States and 11th in the World with 76,708 publications made and 3,833,635 citations received. Main research topics: Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology, Child Psychology.

Psychology ranking Location
#10 of 1,455 In the United States
#11 of 1,538 In North America
#11 of 6,353 In the World

University of California - San Francisco
Psychology Publications & Citations

Year Psychology publications Psychology citations
1990 758 13553
1991 713 15373
1992 762 17449
1993 800 18188
1994 775 19796
1995 807 23957
1996 954 25549
1997 918 28614
1998 947 31606
1999 931 35924
2000 1006 38999
2001 1004 42382
2002 1102 47222
2003 1243 52758
2004 1357 57745
2005 1391 64494
2006 1582 73451
2007 1654 80194
2008 1724 88485
2009 1918 97183
2010 2130 107532
2011 2188 121962
2012 2571 139556
2013 2734 153240
2014 2998 166914
2015 3025 180854
2016 3500 189344
2017 3647 212432
2018 3639 210103
2019 4220 241040
2020 4712 282301
2021 5827 367969
2022 5000 355969

The following table provides academic rankings for The University of California - San Francisco in various areas of Psychology.

Psychology subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Sexology 3 3 3
Neuroscience 5 5 5
Psychiatry 5 6 6
Clinical Psychology 15 17 19
Occupational Therapy 14 20 30
Cognitive Science 34 37 44
Child Psychology 38 43 52
Social Psychology 47 52 66
Education Majors 70 79 123
Special Education 94 106 180
Social Work 89 98 189
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 86 104 224
Organizational / Business / IO Psychology 151 170 292

Computer Science rankings

The University of California - San Francisco ranked 24th for Computer Science in the United States and 31st in the World with 72,219 publications made and 4,095,936 citations received. Main research topics: Neuroscience, Bioinformatics and Computational biology, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cognitive Science.

Computer Science ranking Location
#24 of 1,496 In the United States
#26 of 1,581 In North America
#31 of 6,597 In the World

University of California - San Francisco
Computer Science Publications & Citations

Year Computer Science publications Computer Science citations
1990 641 13093
1991 667 15233
1992 703 17173
1993 708 17822
1994 699 19500
1995 757 23665
1996 866 24527
1997 816 27455
1998 808 30996
1999 823 34669
2000 929 38414
2001 912 41650
2002 998 46608
2003 1140 51939
2004 1257 56948
2005 1288 63722
2006 1522 72922
2007 1553 80202
2008 1666 88484
2009 1890 98608
2010 2064 110696
2011 2089 126616
2012 2451 145750
2013 2558 159861
2014 2850 174061
2015 2925 189035
2016 3283 200569
2017 3432 226546
2018 3488 228046
2019 4095 264253
2020 4550 312007
2021 5576 405167
2022 4802 392658

The following table provides academic rankings for The University of California - San Francisco in various areas of Computer Science.

Computer Science subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Bioinformatics and Computational biology 3 3 3
Neuroscience 5 5 5
Cognitive Science 34 37 44
Library and Information science 36 39 55
Data Science 42 49 77
Computer Graphics 40 46 81
Machine Learning 42 48 87
Artificial Intelligence (AI) 56 66 137
Computer Vision 63 74 183
Game Design and Development 69 83 207
Cyber Security 71 84 211
UX/UI Desgin 76 94 255
Multimedia 98 111 265
Computational Linguistics 83 96 270
Telecommunications 86 104 277
Human-Computer Interaction 93 109 305
Computer Networking 115 135 384
Computer Engineering 113 134 392
Software Engineering 117 137 412
Information Technology 167 185 430
Animation 126 150 543
Management Information Systems 177 201 599
Web Design and Development 150 178 702
Robotics 151 181 752
Database Administration 183 212 795
Blockchain and Cryptography 239 276 1411

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences rankings

The University of California - San Francisco ranked 36th for Liberal Arts & Social Sciences in the United States and 49th in the World with 67,901 publications made and 2,875,728 citations received. Main research topics: Sociology, Political Science, Law, Demography, Philosophy.

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences ranking Location
#36 of 1,689 In the United States
#39 of 1,780 In North America
#49 of 6,939 In the World

University of California - San Francisco
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Publications & Citations

Year Liberal Arts & Social Sciences publications Liberal Arts & Social Sciences citations
1990 536 8606
1991 560 9689
1992 542 10638
1993 540 11367
1994 579 12477
1995 614 13322
1996 697 14767
1997 708 15693
1998 728 18050
1999 680 19893
2000 817 22467
2001 798 25297
2002 898 29248
2003 1022 32357
2004 1063 36995
2005 1246 43257
2006 1291 50377
2007 1472 55988
2008 1485 62920
2009 1742 71381
2010 1886 79056
2011 1982 90965
2012 2306 103486
2013 2389 115554
2014 2731 128725
2015 2801 139035
2016 3139 145917
2017 3459 165437
2018 3360 163430
2019 4047 189615
2020 4745 222222
2021 5822 294929
2022 5086 289406

The following table provides academic rankings for The University of California - San Francisco in various areas of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences.

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Demography 6 7 9
Occupational Safety and Health 10 12 17
Anthropology 13 15 21
Military science 21 21 22
Gender Studies 22 24 28
Sociology 26 28 36
Linguistics 30 33 40
Law 36 39 51
Library and Information science 36 39 55
Genealogy 35 38 58
Political Science 38 44 64
Sports / Exercise science 28 38 65
Philosophy 37 43 74
Publishing 28 34 78
Classics and Ancient History 41 45 82
Law Enforcement 58 64 87
Criminology and Criminal Justice 58 65 89
Archaeology 46 51 92
History 48 53 98
Theology / Divinity / Religious studies 53 60 108
Aesthetics 54 63 118
Education Majors 70 79 123
Journalism and Digital Media 70 76 125
Radio and Television broadcasting 70 77 126
Public Policy / Administration 66 75 131
Communications and Public Relations 68 79 136
Special Education 94 106 180
Social Work 89 98 189
Art History 94 110 214
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 86 104 224
Broadcast Journalism 120 137 268
Forensic Science 87 102 309
Human Rights Law 104 122 311
International Relations and Diplomacy 134 156 349
Media Studies 149 178 360
Intellectual Property and Patent Law 142 158 409
Political Economy 256 290 663
Early Childhood Education 385 422 885

Engineering rankings

The University of California - San Francisco ranked 49th for Engineering in the United States and 112th in the World with 45,640 publications made and 2,415,702 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Optical Engineering, Biotechnology, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering.

Engineering ranking Location
#49 of 1,447 In the United States
#54 of 1,531 In North America
#112 of 6,555 In the World

University of California - San Francisco
Engineering Publications & Citations

Year Engineering publications Engineering citations
1990 582 10222
1991 618 11576
1992 631 13233
1993 615 13879
1994 600 14832
1995 640 17526
1996 705 18626
1997 677 20916
1998 748 23871
1999 670 26043
2000 704 28279
2001 713 30598
2002 737 32726
2003 797 35407
2004 895 39173
2005 946 43384
2006 1002 48109
2007 1027 52898
2008 1104 59056
2009 1255 64649
2010 1313 70230
2011 1364 78439
2012 1462 87339
2013 1483 95430
2014 1655 101984
2015 1608 107088
2016 1753 110218
2017 1842 121855
2018 1824 120522
2019 2081 135215
2020 2349 157167
2021 2729 199340
2022 2309 192211

The following table provides academic rankings for The University of California - San Francisco in various areas of Engineering.

Physics rankings

The University of California - San Francisco ranked 51st for Physics in the United States and 111th in the World with 43,991 publications made and 2,289,728 citations received. Main research topics: Quantum and Particle physics, Materials Science, Optical Engineering, Biophysics, Astrophysics and Astronomy.

Physics ranking Location
#51 of 1,426 In the United States
#56 of 1,508 In North America
#111 of 6,484 In the World

University of California - San Francisco
Physics Publications & Citations

Year Physics publications Physics citations
1990 609 10869
1991 631 12143
1992 637 13944
1993 630 14627
1994 609 15583
1995 661 18257
1996 739 19373
1997 695 21798
1998 769 24696
1999 724 26878
2000 690 28897
2001 732 31263
2002 732 32970
2003 797 35929
2004 866 38503
2005 868 42386
2006 975 47406
2007 1003 51351
2008 1022 56487
2009 1225 61695
2010 1230 65896
2011 1261 73342
2012 1287 81120
2013 1344 87624
2014 1496 92198
2015 1551 97991
2016 1622 99187
2017 1711 110791
2018 1769 110400
2019 1940 122576
2020 2129 144727
2021 2476 180964
2022 2079 172042

The following table provides academic rankings for The University of California - San Francisco in various areas of Physics.

Physics subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Medical Physics 4 4 4
Biophysics 5 5 5
Optical Engineering 40 43 85
Acoustical Engineering 50 55 116
Astrobiology 58 64 127
Astrophysics and Astronomy 60 68 153
Materials Science 56 62 175
Nuclear Physics 59 66 184
Quantum and Particle physics 66 75 201
Nanotechnology 79 86 269
Atomic and Molecular physics 113 136 413
Condensed Matter Physics 147 170 766
Applied/Engineering Physics 165 192 881
Theoretical Physics 205 237 1021

Environmental Science rankings

The University of California - San Francisco ranked 49th for Environmental Science in the United States and 91st in the World with 38,883 publications made and 1,916,513 citations received. Main research topics: Geology, Paleontology, Geography and Cartography, Ecology, Wildlife and Fisheries Management & Conservation.

Environmental Science ranking Location
#49 of 1,534 In the United States
#54 of 1,622 In North America
#91 of 6,683 In the World

University of California - San Francisco
Environmental Science Publications & Citations

Year Environmental Science publications Environmental Science citations
1990 435 7706
1991 446 9139
1992 430 10026
1993 477 10471
1994 456 11938
1995 489 12860
1996 514 14169
1997 521 16037
1998 543 17694
1999 516 19150
2000 578 21249
2001 523 22947
2002 587 25042
2003 648 26974
2004 670 30574
2005 739 34042
2006 794 38044
2007 860 41419
2008 891 45720
2009 1078 52061
2010 1080 55528
2011 1190 62537
2012 1293 71592
2013 1302 78215
2014 1402 85969
2015 1432 92525
2016 1608 95179
2017 1686 106767
2018 1711 105857
2019 2034 121270
2020 2256 142600
2021 2703 183989
2022 2302 176693

The following table provides academic rankings for The University of California - San Francisco in various areas of Environmental Science.

Environmental Science subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Wildlife and Fisheries Management & Conservation 12 14 19
Paleontology 27 30 44
Geology 48 53 92
Geography and Cartography 58 66 149
Ecology 63 72 151
Environmental Engineering 51 62 197
Meteorology and Atmospheric Science 69 79 208
Oceanography 89 107 300
Geotechnical Engineering 89 104 315
Earth science and Geophysics 97 116 353
Agricultural Science 93 110 405
Forestry 106 132 514
Environmental Chemistry 119 141 526
Environmental Management 120 148 544
Petrology and Geochemistry 195 234 957

Mathematics rankings

The University of California - San Francisco ranked 33rd for Mathematics in the United States and 47th in the World with 34,356 publications made and 1,530,300 citations received. Main research topics: Statistics, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Math Teachers, Actuarial Science, Operations Research.

Mathematics ranking Location
#33 of 1,305 In the United States
#36 of 1,383 In North America
#47 of 6,132 In the World

University of California - San Francisco
Mathematics Publications & Citations

Year Mathematics publications Mathematics citations
1990 149 1826
1991 169 2217
1992 162 2678
1993 183 2903
1994 189 3361
1995 186 3558
1996 215 4231
1997 261 4633
1998 236 5159
1999 260 5770
2000 291 6830
2001 312 7916
2002 348 8878
2003 422 10705
2004 492 12288
2005 566 15390
2006 661 17823
2007 682 20377
2008 743 22496
2009 886 28021
2010 962 31162
2011 1070 36405
2012 1307 42592
2013 1341 48803
2014 1517 55217
2015 1594 62753
2016 1791 67140
2017 1939 76675
2018 1887 77421
2019 2323 92802
2020 2649 103988
2021 3429 149654
2022 3141 158252

The following table provides academic rankings for The University of California - San Francisco in various areas of Mathematics.

Mathematics subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Statistics 31 33 41
Actuarial Science 69 78 128
Econometrics and Mathematical Economics 97 111 246
Operations Research 85 103 317
Math Teachers 171 192 388
Applied Mathematics 188 218 1012
Blockchain and Cryptography 239 276 1411

Economics rankings

The University of California - San Francisco ranked 37th for Economics in the United States and 57th in the World with 16,293 publications made and 558,574 citations received. Main research topics: Development Studies, Finance, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Actuarial Science, International Trade.

Economics ranking Location
#37 of 1,255 In the United States
#40 of 1,334 In North America
#57 of 5,789 In the World

University of California - San Francisco
Economics Publications & Citations

Year Economics publications Economics citations
1990 103 1111
1991 108 1270
1992 106 1561
1993 103 1689
1994 114 1968
1995 140 1845
1996 143 2050
1997 155 2157
1998 138 2381
1999 134 2597
2000 190 3171
2001 177 3629
2002 208 4269
2003 232 4985
2004 241 5759
2005 273 6499
2006 308 8298
2007 331 9271
2008 334 10290
2009 389 12329
2010 401 13546
2011 493 15519
2012 571 18398
2013 547 20296
2014 645 23491
2015 691 26182
2016 782 27660
2017 840 31765
2018 876 32141
2019 1039 37261
2020 1276 44338
2021 1645 62273
2022 1492 63051

The following table provides academic rankings for The University of California - San Francisco in various areas of Economics.

Economics subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Development Studies 14 15 16
Actuarial Science 69 78 128
Econometrics and Mathematical Economics 97 111 246
Finance 117 136 341
International Relations and Diplomacy 134 156 349
Political Economy 256 290 663
International Economics 135 159 668
International Trade 141 167 672

Business rankings

The University of California - San Francisco ranked 66th for Business in the United States and 145th in the World with 13,315 publications made and 486,017 citations received. Main research topics: Management, Marketing, Finance, Advertising, Accounting.

Business ranking Location
#66 of 1,267 In the United States
#77 of 1,346 In North America
#145 of 6,002 In the World

University of California - San Francisco
Business Publications & Citations

Year Business publications Business citations
1990 93 1253
1991 107 1378
1992 104 1664
1993 99 1846
1994 111 1953
1995 118 1875
1996 146 2362
1997 138 2176
1998 121 2468
1999 134 2773
2000 183 3243
2001 161 3610
2002 184 4673
2003 191 5053
2004 193 5570
2005 284 6204
2006 280 7608
2007 297 8379
2008 292 9875
2009 341 11318
2010 364 12350
2011 420 14295
2012 465 16027
2013 470 18408
2014 498 20094
2015 559 21942
2016 633 23389
2017 653 26299
2018 656 27028
2019 816 31267
2020 961 35883
2021 1183 49742
2022 970 48713

The following table provides academic rankings for The University of California - San Francisco in various areas of Business.

Business subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Occupational Safety and Health 10 12 17
Human Resource Management 42 50 82
Marketing 56 65 115
Advertising 77 84 121
Actuarial Science 69 78 128
Public Policy / Administration 66 75 131
Management 63 74 155
Accounting 84 95 161
Entertainment Industry Business 105 123 283
Operations Research 85 103 317
Engineering Management 128 145 338
Finance 117 136 341
Project Management 123 143 388
Management Information Systems 177 201 599
International Trade 141 167 672
International Business 164 190 715
Risk Management 189 219 758

Art & Design rankings

The University of California - San Francisco ranked 53rd for Art & Design in the United States and 107th in the World with 5,563 publications made and 225,472 citations received. Main research topics: Fashion Design, Literature, Aesthetics, Art History, Computer Graphics.

Please note that our approach to subject rankings is based on scientific outputs and heavily biased on art-related topics towards institutions with computer science research profiles.

Art & Design ranking Location
#53 of 1,236 In the United States
#61 of 1,317 In North America
#107 of 5,426 In the World

University of California - San Francisco
Art & Design Publications & Citations

Year Art & Design publications Art & Design citations
1990 65 739
1991 54 752
1992 67 1017
1993 45 810
1994 53 1010
1995 79 1140
1996 92 1401
1997 99 1366
1998 83 1592
1999 76 1645
2000 96 1823
2001 105 2172
2002 102 2464
2003 81 2749
2004 120 2963
2005 103 3494
2006 123 3826
2007 138 4211
2008 145 4837
2009 131 5564
2010 138 6180
2011 174 7061
2012 177 7822
2013 170 8974
2014 187 9559
2015 202 10368
2016 246 10321
2017 235 11679
2018 220 11326
2019 276 13320
2020 305 16754
2021 388 20406
2022 349 19209

The following table provides academic rankings for The University of California - San Francisco in various areas of Art & Design.

Art & Design subfield United States ranking North America ranking World rank
Singing and Vocal Performance 13 16 24
Music 42 48 80
Computer Graphics 40 46 81
Fashion Design 51 57 101
Photography 50 55 110
Aesthetics 54 63 118
Literature 72 85 171
Creative Writing 76 90 184
Painting and Drawing 50 58 198
Sculpture 50 58 198
Illustration and Concept Art 53 63 207
Game Design and Development 69 83 207
Art History 94 110 214
UX/UI Desgin 76 94 255
Multimedia 98 111 265
Entertainment Industry Business 105 123 283
Graphic Design 107 122 299
Cinematography 108 128 364
Performing arts 119 138 366
Animation 126 150 543
Architecture 131 156 567