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Penn placed 16th in the U.S. News and World Report's 2019 ranking of the Best Global Universities

Released last week, the fifth annual list ranked 1,250 schools from 75 countries. Institutions in the United States held eight of the top ten slots, with Harvard University taking the top spot. 

Each member of the Ivy League earned a spot on the list, with Columbia, Princeton, and Yale universities also outperforming Penn as the eight, ninth, and eleventh best global schools of the year, respectively. Cornell University was number 23, Brown University was number 99, and Dartmouth College was number 197 in the ranking. 

U.S. news ranked the schools using 13 indicators relating to the institution's research and reputation on both a global and regional scale. To be considered for the list, each school must have published at least 1,500 papers between 2012-16.  

Penn received a total global score of 82.7 to determine its place on the list. The University also ranked 17th in global research reputation, 11th in regional research reputation and 14th in publications.

Penn placed much lower in the categories of international collaboration and of percentage of total publications with international collaboration — ranking 738 and 825 respectively.

The list also reported subject rankings for the different schools. Penn placed seventh among the global institutions for both clinical medicine and economics and business. 

U.S. News and World Report constructs the list to benefit high school students, especially those who may be considering attending university abroad. At Penn, there has been an increasing number of international student applications in the past few years with 2017-18 seeing a 6 percent increase in international applicants. The class of 2022 consists of 398 international students from 87 countries, making up 15.8 percent of the class. 

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