Caltech and UCLA have made the top end of a new ranking of the world's 1,000 best universities.
Caltech was deemed to be the ninth best school in the United States and the 11th best in the world, according to the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) list published today. UCLA was 12th in the United States and 15th in the world.
Two other California institutions were ranked even higher: Stanford, second on both lists; and UC Berkeley, fifth in the United States and seventh globally.
The overall top 10 global winners, in order, are Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Cambridge, Oxford, Columbia, UC Berkeley, the University of Chicago, Princeton and Yale.
The United States had 224 institutions on this top 1,000 list, followed by China (90), Japan (74), the United Kingdom (65) and Germany (56).
The center says it weighs factors that include academic prizes and medals, alumni employment, faculty experience, research publication and patents.
Caltech and UCLA have appeared in numerous recent world university rankings. Last year, U.K. publication Times Higher Education put Caltech at the top of its own World University Rankings.
UCLA came in 15th place, down from 12th place in the 2014 World University Rankings. USC? Don't ask.