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CU Boulder's earth science and atmospheric science disciplines both ranked No. 1 overall among world universities in the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy's 2018 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS), which was published today. The university also scored highly in a dozen other academic categories, highlighting the breadth of impactful CU Boulder research.

The annual ranking, which has been published since 2009, includes over 1,600 universities from 83 countries scored across 54 academic subject categories. This year marks the first time that CU Boulder has ranked first overall in any category, with its earth science program rising from No. 3 overall in 2017 and its atmospheric science program debuting at No. 1 overall in a brand new stand-alone category.

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