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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Shanghai Rankings commend Mason's social sciences

by Anne Reynolds

George Mason University has been recognized by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its 2017 Academic Rankings of World Universities (known as the “Shanghai Rankings” or ARWU). The center has placed Mason in the 201st – 300th grouping of the more than 500 universities ranked, and Mason is included in the top 100 U.S. institutions.

This ranking is fueled by high rankings in economics, listed as 26th among the programs considered, communication, listed as 40th among worldwide programs, and psychology, which was ranked within the top 151-200 programs worldwide. The rankings for social sciences as a whole finds Mason’s to be in the top 51-75 of those considered, a ranking higher than any other Virginia university.

The university has been included in the Shanghai Ranking’s top 200 universities since 2007. The Shanghai Rankings have been made since 2003 and were the first published global rankings of universities. Schools are considered based on Nobel Laureates, Fields Medals, and highly-cited researchers among the institutions’ alumni and faculty.

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