Top 25 / Life sciences

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 598.8 510.3
2 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Maryland 359.5 255.0
3 Stanford University California 185.0 201.0
4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Massachusetts 153.7 174.6
5 University of California San Francisco (UCSF) California 210.5 169.7
6 Yale University Connecticut 175.1 168.4
7 University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) California 185.2 142.8
8 Columbia University in the City of New York (CU) New York 130.3 131.9
9 The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Maryland 151.8 129.4
10 University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley) California 114.2 119.3
11 University of Pennsylvania (Penn) Pennsylvania 152.0 118.9
12 Duke University North Carolina 110.3 114.9
13 Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) Missouri 149.1 113.4
14 University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) California 146.4 110.3
15 Cornell University New York 115.6 108.9
16 University of Washington (UW) Washington 157.9 107.6
17 University of Michigan (U-M) Michigan 120.6 102.5
18 New York University (NYU) New York 92.3 102.1
19 The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern Medical Center) Texas 109.2 96.8
20 University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) Wisconsin 95.1 84.2
21 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) North Carolina 91.5 82.8
22 University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) Pennsylvania 72.6 82.8
23 The University of Chicago (UChicago) Illinois 98.1 78.7
24 The Rockefeller University New York 64.8 75.2
25 Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Texas 64.9 70.7