CU Boulder places second in global rankings for geosciences

BOULDER, Colo. — For the third year in a  row, the University of Colorado ranks second among world universities in geosciences.

U.S. News and World Report issued its global standings for 2017 on Tuesday.

Globally, CU is ranked in the 32nd overall, tying with Boston University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

CU is the top among all Colorado schools and the ranking shows improvement over 48th place in 2016 and 58th place in 2015.

Geosciences are the study of Earth, including geology, geophysics, climatology and oceanography. The only school that beat out CU on the global list for geosciences was the California Institute of Technology.

“We are pleased to be recognized as global leaders in the field of geosciences,” said Terri Fiez, CU vice chancellor for research and innovation. “We have an innovative faculty that excels in research and teaching, and attracts some of the best and brightest students from around the nation and world.”

U.S. News and World Report looked at 1,000 universities in 65 countries to create its rankings, based on academic research performance, as well as reputation.