UCLA ranked number one in best public U.S. colleges for fifth year in a row

WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 11: Graduating UCLA students celebrate while walking the stage for their commencement ceremony at Drake Stadium on June 11, 2021 in Westwood, California. Up to 230 students per hour were able to participate in the graduate procession. Each graduate was allowed two guests and were permitted to remove their masks before crossing the stage.
Graduating UCLA students celebrate while walking the stage for their commencement ceremony at Drake Stadium on June 11, 2021, in Westwood, California. Up to 230 students per hour were able to participate in the graduate procession. Each graduate was allowed two guests and was permitted to remove their masks before crossing the stage. Photo credit Mario Tama/Getty Images

UCLA has been ranked number one for the nation’s best public university in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” for the fifth year in the row.

“UCLA’s ranking as the top public university in the country five years running reaffirms what we already know: that this is a place where students of all backgrounds can thrive, where we invest in and support excellent teaching and where we set students up for success after graduation,” said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block.

UCLA was also the only school in the top 20 universities to be ranked high in social mobility and also ranked number one for the best collages for veterans.

Other University of California campuses that ranked in the top 10 include UC Berkeley (number two), UC Santa Barbara (tied at number five), UC San Diego (number eight), UC Irvine (number nine) and UC Davis (number 10, tied)

The rankings are based upon the school’s graduation rates, average federal loan debt of graduates and reputation, among other qualities.