University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Rankings

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked 24th in the United States, 29th in the global 2023 rating, and scored in the TOP 10 across 23 research topics. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranking is based on 3 factors: research output (EduRank's index has 164,047 publications and 10,429,416 citations attributed to the university), non-academic reputation, and the impact of 825 notable alumni.

Rank Ranking
#29 of 14,131 In the World
#25 of 2,597 In North America
#24 of 2,496 In the United States
#2 of 65 In North Carolina
#4 of 1,597 For Public Health
#4 of 1,027 For Gerontology
#4 of 1,474 For Pharmacology
#51 of 7,353 For Alumni Impact
#41 of 14,131 For Non-academic Prominence
Top10 For 20 other topics

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Medicine

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked 14th for Medicine in the United States and 15th in the World with 73,331 publications made and 4,371,125 citations received. Main research topics: Health Science, Oncology and Cancer research, Public Health, Surgery, Immunology.

Rank Ranking
#14 of 1,040 In the United States
#15 of 1,110 In North America
#15 of 4,739 In the World

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medicine Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 684 1337
1992 291 672
1993 391 1059
1994 534 1622
1995 462 1399
1996 993 3557
1997 1073 4282
1998 1099 4074
1999 1138 5094
2000 1262 5414
2001 1165 6196
2002 1186 7268
2003 1518 8324
2004 1673 9695
2005 1619 10829
2006 1761 11460
2007 2064 13578
2008 2190 16014
2009 2367 16611
2010 2797 17781
2011 2645 15139
2012 3085 20981
2013 3085 18323
2014 3829 22724
2015 3405 18206
2016 4192 23980
2017 3901 18866
2018 3508 15233
2019 4001 12615
2020 4559 19761
2021 5650 5193
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Gerontology 4 4 4
Public Health 3 3 4
Respiratory Therapy 4 4 4
Pharmacology 4 4 4
Orthodontics 3 3 4
Family medicine 5 5 5
Dentistry 2 2 5
Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN) 5 5 6
Virology 6 6 7
Healthcare Management (MHA) 7 8 9
Nursing 7 8 9
Sports / Exercise science 5 6 10
Social Work 7 8 10
Epidemiology 8 8 10
Physical Therapy 8 9 11
Health Science 10 11 12
Clinical Psychology 11 11 12
Pediatrics 10 11 12
Pharmacy 4 5 13
Paramedicine and Emergency medicine 12 13 13
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 12 13 15
Critical Care Nursing 14 15 15
Psychiatry 13 14 16
Oncology and Cancer research 15 15 17
Medical Physics 16 17 17
Sports Medicine 11 15 19
Immunology 17 17 19
Pathology 18 19 22
Radiation Therapy 20 21 24
Gastroenterology and Hepatology 15 16 25
Audiology 18 20 26
Sonography and Ultrasound 20 21 27
Toxicology 18 19 28
Surgery 25 26 28
Plastic Surgery 26 27 31
Occupational Therapy 17 22 32
Radiology and Nuclear medicine 24 25 35
Dermatology 24 26 35
Anatomy and Physiology 26 27 36
Urology 29 31 40
Anesthesiology 33 37 48
Cardiology 35 37 50
Cosmetology 38 42 67
Biomedical Engineering 43 46 68
Ophthalmology 53 58 131
Optometry 60 71 171
Veterinary 39 47 174
Neurosurgery 56 64 203
Forensic Science 89 103 321

Biology

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked 20th for Biology in the United States and 24th in the World with 42,178 publications made and 3,436,916 citations received. Main research topics: Oncology and Cancer research, Immunology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics.

Rank Ranking
#20 of 867 In the United States
#21 of 932 In North America
#24 of 4,496 In the World

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Biology Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 506 1474
1992 272 917
1993 354 1227
1994 420 1540
1995 394 1995
1996 684 3018
1997 722 3494
1998 738 4148
1999 732 3605
2000 760 4469
2001 741 5366
2002 856 6247
2003 935 6115
2004 1026 6523
2005 1041 7077
2006 1095 8328
2007 1182 9141
2008 1348 10547
2009 1389 11510
2010 1653 14414
2011 1576 12538
2012 1882 17728
2013 1869 14904
2014 2076 15454
2015 1832 13763
2016 2204 17374
2017 1993 13003
2018 1637 11867
2019 1801 8077
2020 1929 14269
2021 2202 2733
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Pharmacology 4 4 4
Virology 6 6 7
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 12 13 15
Bioinformatics and Computational biology 14 15 17
Oncology and Cancer research 15 15 17
Molecular Biology 14 14 17
Immunology 17 17 19
Biochemistry 19 19 22
Biophysics 20 21 25
Genetics 22 23 27
Toxicology 18 19 28
Microbiology 20 21 28
Neuroscience 31 34 40
Wildlife and Fisheries Management & Conservation 20 24 41
Evolutionary Biology 38 43 60
Nanotechnology 29 30 64
Nutrition and Food Science 31 40 123
Biotechnology 43 51 127
Paleontology 50 60 153
Animal Science 53 64 173
Zoology 68 83 194
Botany 52 60 195
Entomology 68 78 197
Agricultural Science 63 72 248
Forestry 71 82 270
Astrobiology 175 193 436

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked 10th for Liberal Arts & Social Sciences in the United States and 13th in the World with 29,036 publications made and 1,471,772 citations received. Main research topics: Demography, Sociology, Political Science, Communications and Public Relations, Law.

Rank Ranking
#10 of 1,262 In the United States
#11 of 1,341 In North America
#13 of 5,073 In the World

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 221 491
1992 113 209
1993 125 431
1994 176 421
1995 151 286
1996 332 1219
1997 360 1332
1998 407 1845
1999 405 1566
2000 415 2403
2001 434 2251
2002 449 2446
2003 574 3451
2004 587 2904
2005 645 3357
2006 690 3819
2007 853 4829
2008 900 4901
2009 1011 4679
2010 1212 6529
2011 1156 5086
2012 1197 5214
2013 1289 5767
2014 1363 8294
2015 1316 5072
2016 1484 7545
2017 1377 4689
2018 1276 4405
2019 1415 4514
2020 1676 4455
2021 1924 1457

Psychology

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked 14th for Psychology in the United States and 19th in the World with 17,852 publications made and 1,406,473 citations received. Main research topics: Child Psychology, Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology, Neuroscience.

Rank Ranking
#14 of 981 In the United States
#16 of 1,047 In North America
#19 of 3,654 In the World

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Psychology Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 167 532
1992 82 191
1993 100 424
1994 103 533
1995 96 315
1996 206 959
1997 255 1491
1998 271 1700
1999 283 2070
2000 260 2483
2001 254 1745
2002 307 2154
2003 341 2501
2004 385 3641
2005 425 3470
2006 493 3879
2007 566 5294
2008 655 5512
2009 637 5277
2010 724 5502
2011 711 5546
2012 724 5379
2013 834 5085
2014 910 4884
2015 820 4750
2016 987 4829
2017 952 4369
2018 779 4450
2019 785 2891
2020 874 2112
2021 1120 754
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Special Education 5 5 6
Child Psychology 9 9 9
Social Work 7 8 10
Sexology 10 12 12
Clinical Psychology 11 11 12
Psychiatry 13 14 16
Organizational / Business / IO Psychology 18 20 22
Social Psychology 24 26 27
Occupational Therapy 17 22 32
Education Majors 20 23 37
Neuroscience 31 34 40
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 30 34 55
Cognitive Science 42 46 56

Chemistry

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked 29th for Chemistry in the United States and 64th in the World with 14,922 publications made and 1,017,622 citations received. Main research topics: Biochemistry, Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Pharmacy, Organic Chemistry.

Rank Ranking
#29 of 717 In the United States
#30 of 778 In North America
#64 of 4,317 In the World

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chemistry Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 240 453
1992 143 365
1993 194 480
1994 193 646
1995 169 748
1996 354 1140
1997 325 1123
1998 331 1485
1999 346 1546
2000 352 1790
2001 359 1871
2002 396 2227
2003 413 2232
2004 440 2238
2005 397 2052
2006 435 2468
2007 439 2980
2008 451 2620
2009 459 2796
2010 495 3099
2011 542 3327
2012 557 3719
2013 524 2678
2014 560 2996
2015 491 3215
2016 514 2537
2017 541 3229
2018 371 1853
2019 395 2042
2020 384 1122
2021 439 331
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Pharmacy 4 5 13
Biochemistry 19 19 22
Physical chemistry 19 19 32
Organic Chemistry 20 22 54
Computational Chemistry 30 31 62
Nanotechnology 29 30 64
Environmental Chemistry 31 36 73
Inorganic Chemistry 21 21 74
Biochemical Engineering 34 36 79
Nutrition and Food Science 31 40 123
Polymer science and Plastics engineering 51 58 132
Chemical Engineering 43 48 161
Petrology and Geochemistry 57 71 179
Materials Science 59 65 194
Radiochemistry 32 39 211

Computer Science

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked 33rd for Computer Science in the United States and 45th in the World with 14,784 publications made and 1,030,020 citations received. Main research topics: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Bioinformatics and Computational biology, Neuroscience, Computer Vision, Cognitive Science.

Rank Ranking
#33 of 858 In the United States
#35 of 927 In North America
#45 of 4,392 In the World

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Computer Science Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 98 243
1992 61 148
1993 66 240
1994 101 258
1995 92 349
1996 182 848
1997 202 828
1998 158 476
1999 186 666
2000 181 1027
2001 189 916
2002 238 1210
2003 307 2087
2004 325 2567
2005 400 1795
2006 397 2591
2007 417 2717
2008 510 3529
2009 457 2677
2010 603 3661
2011 558 4634
2012 647 5331
2013 662 4915
2014 741 5603
2015 760 11696
2016 900 6864
2017 782 4340
2018 771 6337
2019 854 4828
2020 951 3956
2021 1049 1091

Physics

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked 39th for Physics in the United States and 82nd in the World with 11,115 publications made and 700,832 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Biophysics, Nanotechnology, Astrophysics and Astronomy, Atomic and Molecular physics.

Rank Ranking
#39 of 721 In the United States
#40 of 781 In North America
#82 of 4,082 In the World

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Physics Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 131 164
1992 98 171
1993 123 329
1994 134 259
1995 116 192
1996 192 721
1997 217 699
1998 211 651
1999 240 765
2000 262 1061
2001 240 820
2002 289 1129
2003 257 1148
2004 284 923
2005 311 1067
2006 314 1101
2007 331 2050
2008 319 1348
2009 351 1524
2010 389 1956
2011 402 2050
2012 404 1981
2013 406 1567
2014 462 1760
2015 425 2313
2016 452 1980
2017 475 2692
2018 443 2452
2019 457 2376
2020 446 1609
2021 424 485
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Medical Physics 16 17 17
Biophysics 20 21 25
Quantum and Particle physics 23 24 41
Nanotechnology 29 30 64
Theoretical Physics 35 39 85
Atomic and Molecular physics 45 47 112
Acoustical Engineering 67 74 177
Astrophysics and Astronomy 68 77 191
Materials Science 59 65 194
Nuclear Physics 66 75 213
Applied/Engineering Physics 81 86 249
Condensed Matter Physics 77 86 283
Optical Engineering 83 95 301
Astrobiology 175 193 436

Engineering

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked 54th for Engineering in the United States and 173rd in the World with 9,093 publications made and 497,551 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Optical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering.

Rank Ranking
#54 of 756 In the United States
#61 of 818 In North America
#173 of 4,624 In the World

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Engineering Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 91 62
1992 57 58
1993 81 145
1994 85 172
1995 65 473
1996 148 302
1997 156 488
1998 151 516
1999 181 622
2000 193 1481
2001 188 787
2002 206 1105
2003 216 871
2004 253 907
2005 259 910
2006 270 1155
2007 272 2263
2008 292 1635
2009 310 1573
2010 364 1590
2011 358 2202
2012 379 2119
2013 372 1395
2014 418 1437
2015 403 2193
2016 416 1898
2017 436 2332
2018 349 1620
2019 383 2122
2020 408 1051
2021 394 285
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Operations Research 23 25 44
Transportation Engineering 20 22 47
Human-Computer Interaction 28 32 54
Product and Industrial Design 27 30 62
Nanotechnology 29 30 64
Biomedical Engineering 43 46 68
Biochemical Engineering 34 36 79
Computer Engineering 48 53 104
Aviation 50 54 106
Robotics 35 39 106
Biotechnology 43 51 127
Polymer science and Plastics engineering 51 58 132
Engineering Management 56 62 141
Environmental Engineering 40 47 143
Remote Sensing 62 69 149
Chemical Engineering 43 48 161
Architecture 54 63 174
Acoustical Engineering 67 74 177
Materials Science 59 65 194
Firefighting and Fire Science 72 79 206
Construction Management 63 76 237
Industrial Engineering 69 82 239
Applied/Engineering Physics 81 86 249
Architectural Engineering 50 57 260
Optical Engineering 83 95 301
Telecommunications 82 99 309
Aerospace Engineering 133 146 314
Computer Networking 103 122 328
Reliability and Quality Engineering 108 129 347
Automation and Control engineering 91 112 361
Petroleum Engineering 95 111 366
Renewable Energy Engineering 90 109 431
Civil Engineering 88 104 438
Landscape Architecture 99 115 446
Systems Engineering 105 126 456
Technical Drawing 135 154 499
Agricultural Engineering 73 85 513
Metallurgical Engineering 99 120 597
Nuclear Engineering 136 162 677
Electrical Engineering 155 185 683
Mining Engineering 130 157 695
Geotechnical Engineering 151 181 729
Mechanical Engineering 161 187 737
Electronic Engineering 170 200 809
Structural Engineering 180 209 854
Marine Engineering 180 211 875

Business

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked 19th for Business in the United States and 23rd in the World with 8,794 publications made and 599,599 citations received. Main research topics: Occupational Safety and Health, Investment Banking and Stock trading, Public Policy / Administration, Finance, Marketing.

Rank Ranking
#19 of 834 In the United States
#20 of 900 In North America
#23 of 4,001 In the World

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Business Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 83 97
1992 25 51
1993 33 44
1994 48 172
1995 51 113
1996 110 445
1997 122 764
1998 142 766
1999 155 961
2000 176 1872
2001 192 1407
2002 166 992
2003 236 1680
2004 234 1443
2005 237 1450
2006 263 1657
2007 260 1677
2008 287 1713
2009 322 1819
2010 384 1764
2011 369 1599
2012 399 2079
2013 438 1888
2014 424 1646
2015 449 1748
2016 486 1653
2017 434 1326
2018 354 1148
2019 372 2644
2020 377 857
2021 479 269

Environmental Science

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked 37th for Environmental Science in the United States and 79th in the World with 7,241 publications made and 473,131 citations received. Main research topics: Ecology, Geography and Cartography, Geology, Environmental Management, Meteorology and Atmospheric Science.

Rank Ranking
#37 of 750 In the United States
#41 of 818 In North America
#79 of 4,023 In the World

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Environmental Science Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 67 158
1992 32 67
1993 30 71
1994 46 185
1995 36 123
1996 107 456
1997 97 433
1998 110 427
1999 114 448
2000 106 503
2001 138 1213
2002 127 832
2003 158 1146
2004 174 1010
2005 163 698
2006 173 1144
2007 231 1383
2008 263 1978
2009 212 1604
2010 289 2414
2011 278 2149
2012 292 2161
2013 344 2228
2014 377 1869
2015 345 1516
2016 379 2007
2017 348 1486
2018 298 1076
2019 348 1082
2020 336 613
2021 387 392

Economics

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked 19th for Economics in the United States and 23rd in the World with 6,066 publications made and 353,139 citations received. Main research topics: Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Development Studies, Investment Banking and Stock trading, Finance, Political Economy.

Rank Ranking
#19 of 654 In the United States
#20 of 717 In North America
#23 of 3,039 In the World

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Economics Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 65 292
1992 8 5
1993 23 54
1994 28 59
1995 42 101
1996 68 336
1997 84 313
1998 99 586
1999 110 474
2000 105 594
2001 127 751
2002 115 553
2003 145 1170
2004 173 1988
2005 171 787
2006 172 751
2007 167 1204
2008 183 792
2009 246 1254
2010 306 1265
2011 279 936
2012 290 1062
2013 300 991
2014 265 824
2015 228 601
2016 321 1321
2017 294 864
2018 191 906
2019 175 238
2020 236 666
2021 284 169
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Development Studies 9 10 20
Econometrics and Mathematical Economics 19 19 22
Investment Banking and Stock trading 19 20 22
Actuarial Science 21 22 26
Finance 23 24 29
Political Economy 20 22 32
Agricultural Economics 30 32 54
International Relations and Diplomacy 28 33 57
International Economics 51 57 130
International Trade 51 60 132
Environmental Economics 42 49 175

Mathematics

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked 22nd for Mathematics in the United States and 24th in the World with 6,058 publications made and 651,712 citations received. Main research topics: Statistics, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Math Teachers, Applied Mathematics, Actuarial Science.

Rank Ranking
#22 of 684 In the United States
#23 of 744 In North America
#24 of 3,376 In the World

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mathematics Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 79 338
1992 28 23
1993 38 99
1994 55 73
1995 22 30
1996 81 355
1997 89 265
1998 94 480
1999 120 422
2000 121 1120
2001 117 566
2002 116 454
2003 152 1003
2004 164 1849
2005 200 3242
2006 193 961
2007 209 1465
2008 199 982
2009 214 872
2010 275 1109
2011 237 811
2012 266 1186
2013 282 1021
2014 259 707
2015 269 824
2016 247 921
2017 237 590
2018 192 713
2019 194 414
2020 215 218
2021 229 111
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Statistics 4 4 4
Econometrics and Mathematical Economics 19 19 22
Actuarial Science 21 22 26
Math Teachers 27 27 34
Operations Research 23 25 44
Applied Mathematics 32 37 54
Blockchain and Cryptography 53 58 110

Art & Design

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked 21st for Art & Design in the United States and 27th in the World with 3,055 publications made and 105,988 citations received. Main research topics: Art History, Computer Graphics, Multimedia, Creative Writing, Literature.

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

Rank Ranking
#21 of 685 In the United States
#23 of 750 In North America
#27 of 2,700 In the World

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Art & Design Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 25 53
1992 9 12
1993 15 18
1994 30 35
1995 31 174
1996 43 69
1997 60 219
1998 38 162
1999 55 230
2000 52 154
2001 63 194
2002 74 162
2003 84 264
2004 89 316
2005 104 264
2006 104 358
2007 103 356
2008 129 346
2009 110 137
2010 143 378
2011 118 389
2012 114 203
2013 126 229
2014 133 353
2015 127 290
2016 133 167
2017 124 202
2018 111 494
2019 93 123
2020 119 86
2021 128 40
Speciality United States rank North America rank World rank
Computer Graphics 3 3 3
Game Design and Development 9 9 10
Entertainment Industry Business 11 11 12
Painting and Drawing 7 7 13
Sculpture 7 7 13
Illustration and Concept Art 10 10 16
Animation 12 14 18
Photography 26 27 41
Performing arts 22 26 51
Multimedia 30 35 51
Art History 28 31 51
Creative Writing 25 29 52
Aesthetics 22 27 57
UX/UI Desgin 28 34 61
Graphic Design 39 44 65
Singing and Vocal Performance 36 41 70
Literature 38 42 81
Cinematography 39 43 102
Fashion Design 43 51 111
Music 52 60 117
Architecture 54 63 174
Interior Design 89 102 413
Landscape Architecture 99 115 446