Penn State keeps on climbing: The Center For World University Rankings pegged it the 46th-best university in the world and 29th-best in the country in its most recent report. It’s the third straight year Penn State has seen a boost.
The center uses an eight-pronged methodology to arrive at its annual rankings, and it doesn’t rely on university data submissions or surveys. It considers quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, publications, influence, citations, broad impact, and patents, putting a different weight on each measure. Of those, quality of education and patents seemed to hurt Penn State — it was no lower than No. 42 in all of the other six categories, but No. 100 in patents and No. 226 in quality of education. Its overall score was a 57.19 out of 100, which was only achieved by No. 1 Harvard. That top five was rounded out by Stanford, MIT, Cambridge, and Oxford.
Penn State was No. 50 in the world in 2013 and No. 64 in the world in 2012, so a jump of 18 spots in two years is quite impressive. You’re already wondering it, so yes, we beat Ohio State by a single spot on this list. But Penn State was the sixth-highest Big Ten university on the list, trailing Michigan (No. 21), Northwestern (No. 23), Wisconsin (No. 25), Illinois (No. 28), and Rutgers (No. 33). Pitt, meanwhile, clocked in at No. 53, and Temple is way down there at No. 390.