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We are… among the top 10 universities in the world

Penn State’s agriculture and forestry programs rank in the top 10 worldwide.

The annual QS World University Rankings by Subject reveal the top 200 universities in the world for 30 individual subjects. Penn State was ranked ninth in the category of agriculture and forestry.

For the 2013 rankings, QS Intelligence Unit (QSIU)—a division of QS Quacquarelli Symonds, an international higher education data-research firm—evaluated 2,858 universities and ranked a total of 678 institutions.

The by-subject-ranking methodology combines four indicators—academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per paper, and H-index citations—to form an international ranking of universities. In agriculture and forestry, Penn State ranked first in citations per paper and fifth in H-index citations, which is a widely used measure of faculty research productivity and impact.

“This ranking confirms what we’ve long believed—that Penn State is one of the finest universities in the world, particularly where the agricultural sciences are concerned,” said Barbara Christ, interim dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Chuck Gill