A new ranking of colleges looks at a university's global and regional reputation, academic research performance, and more.

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When compared with all other colleges in the country, the University of Washington ranks 52nd, according to  U.S. News & World Report. But when ranked against all other universities in the world, the same magazine ranks the UW 11th.

That’s the result of the latest list released by the magazine Monday. It’s a move up from last year, when the UW was in a three-way tie for No. 14. When just public universities are considered, the UW ranks 3rd — behind the University of California, Berkeley (3rd) and the University of California, Los Angeles (8th).

The results seem to vary because the two ratings measure different things. The Best Global Universities methodology looks at a university’s global and regional reputation, academic-research performance, and school-level data on faculty and Ph.D. graduates. The Best Colleges list examines selectivity, SAT scores of admitted students and predicted versus actual graduation rates, among other things.

In a statement, UW Interim President Ana Mari Cauce said the ranking demonstrates “the full breadth and depth of what a leading public research university can deliver to the students and state it serves.”

She described it as “further validation of the work our students, faculty, staff and alumni do every day to create a world of good.”