2016 tables: Institutions - physical sciences - academic

The 2016 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2015 Count 2015
1 Stanford University, United States of America (USA) 227.48 614
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America (USA) 226.35 677
3 Harvard University, United States of America (USA) 173.38 563
4 University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), United States of America (USA) 125.51 447
5 University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), United States of America (USA) 117.65 334
6 Princeton University, United States of America (USA) 110.85 321
7 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), United States of America (USA) 109.06 289
8 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), United States of America (USA) 108.35 308
9 University of Michigan (U-M), United States of America (USA) 107.80 314
10 University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), United States of America (USA) 105.41 379
11 California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States of America (USA) 102.50 338
12 Northwestern University (NU), United States of America (USA) 90.61 235
13 Columbia University in the City of New York (CU), United States of America (USA) 90.31 276
14 Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), United States of America (USA) 86.90 195
15 The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), United States of America (USA) 84.27 220
16 Cornell University, United States of America (USA) 81.47 222
17 The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), United States of America (USA) 80.29 209
18 University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), United States of America (USA) 74.81 285
19 University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), United States of America (USA) 73.71 202
20 University of Pennsylvania (Penn), United States of America (USA) 71.73 201
21 University of Toronto (U of T), Canada 69.18 250
22 Rice University, United States of America (USA) 69.11 200
23 University of Minnesota (UMN), United States of America (USA) 62.69 206
24 Yale University, United States of America (USA) 62.37 244
25 University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder), United States of America (USA) 61.17 204
26 University of Washington (UW), United States of America (USA) 61.10 259
27 Purdue University, United States of America (USA) 61.09 182
28 The University of Chicago (UChicago), United States of America (USA) 59.18 248
29 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (RU), United States of America (USA) 47.59 174
30 The Ohio State University (OSU), United States of America (USA) 42.60 254
31 Johns Hopkins University (JHU), United States of America (USA) 42.04 184
32 Arizona State University (ASU), United States of America (USA) 40.83 134
33 North Carolina State University (NCSU), United States of America (USA) 40.40 94
34 University of Waterloo, Canada 40.16 105
35 State University of New York at Stony Brook (SUNY Stony Brook), United States of America (USA) 39.71 200
36 McGill University, Canada 38.46 169
37 Duke University, United States of America (USA) 37.51 160
38 The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada 37.11 175
39 University of Southern California (USC), United States of America (USA) 36.05 78
40 Texas A&M University (TAMU), United States of America (USA) 35.26 147
41 Iowa State University, United States of America (USA) 33.94 165
42 University of Florida (UF), United States of America (USA) 33.48 179
43 Boston University (BU), United States of America (USA) 32.50 241
44 University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst), United States of America (USA) 30.70 141
45 University of California, Riverside (UCR), United States of America (USA) 30.38 115
46 The University of Arizona (Arizona), United States of America (USA) 30.23 192
47 University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), United States of America (USA) 29.88 106
48 University of California, Davis (UC Davis), United States of America (USA) 29.71 126
49 New York University (NYU), United States of America (USA) 28.48 137
50 Brown University, United States of America (USA) 26.66 108
51 Michigan State University (MSU), United States of America (USA) 26.66 186
52 Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), United States of America (USA) 25.29 116
53 University of Alberta (U of A), Canada 24.71 147
54 University of California, Irvine (UCI), United States of America (USA) 23.84 159
55 University of Notre Dame (ND), United States of America (USA) 23.69 145
56 Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), United States of America (USA) 23.43 66
57 The City University of New York (CUNY), United States of America (USA) 22.30 67
58 University of Rochester (UR), United States of America (USA) 21.55 123
59 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), United States of America (USA) 21.32 62
60 The University of Utah (Utah), United States of America (USA) 21.24 42
61 Vanderbilt University (VU), United States of America (USA) 20.98 97
62 Northeastern University (NEU), United States of America (USA) 20.77 114
63 Florida State University (FSU), United States of America (USA) 19.76 145
64 University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), United States of America (USA) 19.29 154
65 University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), United States of America (USA) 17.92 154
66 The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas), United States of America (USA) 17.54 123
67 The University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK), United States of America (USA) 17.28 139
68 Indiana University (IU), United States of America (USA) 17.24 151
69 Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), United States of America (USA) 15.85 36
70 University of Houston (UH), United States of America (USA) 15.77 70
71 University of Virginia (UVA), United States of America (USA) 15.51 109
72 University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY UB), United States of America (USA) 15.34 72
73 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), United States of America (USA) 15.24 43
74 National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico 14.97 70
75 University of Delaware (UD), United States of America (USA) 14.78 46
76 University of Central Florida (UCF), United States of America (USA) 13.93 29
77 University of Arkansas (UARK), United States of America (USA) 13.34 35
78 McMaster University, Canada 12.62 37
79 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), United States of America (USA) 12.27 56
80 National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS), Canada 11.64 28
81 University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), United States of America (USA) 11.55 97
82 University of Connecticut (UConn), United States of America (USA) 11.48 26
83 Syracuse University, United States of America (USA) 11.19 67
84 University of Calgary (U of C), Canada 11.16 118
85 The University of New Mexico (UNM), United States of America (USA) 11.05 116
86 University of Sherbrooke (USherbrooke), Canada 10.80 37
87 The University of Oklahoma (OU), United States of America (USA) 10.52 101
88 University of Kentucky (UK), United States of America (USA) 10.51 40
89 University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UH Mānoa), United States of America (USA) 10.34 94
90 Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), United States of America (USA) 10.22 37
91 The University of Akron (UAkron), United States of America (USA) 10.05 22
92 Emory University, United States of America (USA) 9.93 31
93 Tufts University, United States of America (USA) 9.75 135
94 Drexel University, United States of America (USA) 9.59 30
95 University of Montreal (UdeM), Canada 8.87 141
96 Temple University, United States of America (USA) 8.69 32
97 University of Oregon (UO), United States of America (USA) 8.64 92
98 The University of Kansas (KU), United States of America (USA) 8.53 81
99 The University of Alabama (UA), United States of America (USA) 8.50 63
100 University of Missouri (Mizzou), United States of America (USA) 8.49 18

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