Top 50 institutions in the United States

The leading institutions for high-quality science in the United States, ordered by weighted fractional count (WFC) for 2016. Also shown are WFC for 2012, the change in WFC between 2012 and 2016, and the 2016 article count (AC). The top 10 states are ranked by summing the WFC for all institutions in each state. The top 10 institutions in each state are shown (see A guide to the Nature Index, page S26).

Rank Institution State WFC
2012
WFC
2016
Change in WFC
2012–2016
1 Harvard University Massachusetts 897.4 747.0
2 Stanford University California 482.0 506.1
3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Massachusetts 485.9 482.1
4 University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley) California 357.8 315.1
5 Yale University Connecticut 296.2 292.6
6 University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) California 346.4 278.8
7 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Maryland 386.2 277.9
8 University of Michigan (U-M) Michigan 291.9 260.6
9 Columbia University in the City of New York (CU) New York 257.0 255.3
10 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) California 268.4 252.7
11 The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) Texas 233.3 248.0
12 University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) California 320.5 244.9
13 University of Washington (UW) Washington 297.0 222.1
14 University of Pennsylvania (Penn) Pennsylvania 242.9 220.1
15 University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) Wisconsin 262.6 214.2
16 Cornell University New York 246.7 213.3
17 Northwestern University (NU) Illinois 292.3 211.5
18 Princeton University New Jersey 223.1 202.2
19 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Illinois 230.0 197.0
20 The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Maryland 242.3 195.2
21 University of Minnesota (UMN) Minnesota 191.4 180.0
22 University of California San Francisco (UCSF) California 224.2 177.7
23 The University of Chicago (UChicago) Illinois 173.2 166.7
24 University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) California 227.7 160.7
25 The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) Pennsylvania 171.2 157.3
26 Duke University North Carolina 162.9 156.1
27 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) North Carolina 179.9 149.3
28 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) California 149.8 146.6
29 University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) Maryland 166.3 145.8
30 New York University (NYU) New York 149.9 145.4
31 Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) Missouri 191.1 143.7
32 University of California Irvine (UCI) California 141.3 134.0
33 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (RU) New Jersey 159.3 132.5
34 The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) California 193.5 131.9
35 University of California Davis (UC Davis) California 169.0 129.3
36 University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) Pennsylvania 128.5 128.1
37 The Ohio State University (OSU) Ohio 140.8 123.7
38 Texas A&M University (TAMU) Texas 126.5 120.7
39 University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) Colorado 147.4 118.9
40 Purdue University Indiana 140.6 116.4
41 The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern Medical Center) Texas 126.1 110.3
42 University of Southern California (USC) California 128.5 103.0
43 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) District of Columbia 84.4 101.0
44 Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) Georgia 146.3 99.9
45 Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) Illinois 98.1 97.2
46 Vanderbilt University (VU) Tennessee 136.2 97.2
47 University of Florida (UF) Florida 136.8 94.8
48 Indiana University (IU) Indiana 100.8 93.7
49 Boston University (BU) Massachusetts 113.4 93.6
50 Emory University Georgia 103.1 85.5