Best Physics Universities in United States

The 1st edition of Research.com ranking of top Physics universities is based on data collected from Microsoft Academic Graph on December 6th, 2021. Position in the ranking is based on a sum of D-index (Discipline H-index) values of all leading scientists affiliated with that university. D-index only includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline. A leading scientist is a scholar with a D-index of at least 70 in an examined discipline. Show more

The ranking process involved a detailed examination of 166,880 researchers’ profiles from Microsoft Academic Graph. For the discipline of Physics, over 51,056 profiles were examined. Scientists from more than 648 institutions and affiliations were analyzed.

Position in the ranking is based on each scientist’s D-index using data compiled from Microsoft Academic Graph, which is the most prominent and well-established bibliometric database of this type available to the scientific community.

A detailed definition of our research process can be found on our methodology page.

Please take into consideration that the research institution or university for a scientist is set based on the affiliation details featured on their Google Scholar profile.

World
National
University Details
Scholars
Σ Publications
Σ D-Index D-index (Discipline H-index) only includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline in contrast to General H-index which accounts for publications across all disciplines.
1 World 1 National California Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology

United States
Scholars 86 30,507 Σ H-Index 8,887
2 World 2 National Harvard University

Harvard University

United States
Scholars 72 24,962 Σ H-Index 7,361
3 World 3 National Stanford University

Stanford University

United States
Scholars 53 22,058 Σ H-Index 5,353
4 World 4 National Princeton University

Princeton University

United States
Scholars 46 17,203 Σ H-Index 4,826
5 World 5 National MIT

MIT

United States
Scholars 46 17,549 Σ H-Index 4,689
6 World 6 National University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley

United States
Scholars 45 17,123 Σ H-Index 4,540
7 World 7 National University of Chicago

University of Chicago

United States
Scholars 41 12,928 Σ H-Index 4,010
9 World 8 National Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University

United States
Scholars 32 14,437 Σ H-Index 3,345
11 World 9 National University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Los Angeles

United States
Scholars 31 14,788 Σ H-Index 3,173
12 World 10 National University of Florida

University of Florida

United States
Scholars 20 16,468 Σ H-Index 2,716
13 World 11 National University of Arizona

University of Arizona

United States
Scholars 31 8,844 Σ H-Index 2,712
15 World 12 National Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University

United States
Scholars 27 9,214 Σ H-Index 2,575
16 World 13 National University of California, Santa Cruz

University of California, Santa Cruz

United States
Scholars 25 7,787 Σ H-Index 2,570
17 World 14 National Columbia University

Columbia University

United States
Scholars 25 9,088 Σ H-Index 2,505
18 World 15 National University of Maryland, College Park

University of Maryland, College Park

United States
Scholars 25 10,796 Σ H-Index 2,480
19 World 16 National University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

United States
Scholars 25 9,933 Σ H-Index 2,408
21 World 17 National University of Colorado Boulder

University of Colorado Boulder

United States
Scholars 21 9,464 Σ H-Index 2,208
22 World 18 National The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin

United States
Scholars 24 7,010 Σ H-Index 2,176
24 World 19 National University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, Santa Barbara

United States
Scholars 21 9,472 Σ H-Index 2,105
26 World 20 National The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University

United States
Scholars 19 7,856 Σ H-Index 2,031
27 World 21 National University of Wisconsin–Madison

University of Wisconsin–Madison

United States
Scholars 20 7,851 Σ H-Index 2,015
29 World 22 National Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

United States
Scholars 16 9,899 Σ H-Index 1,955
35 World 23 National University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

United States
Scholars 18 6,055 Σ H-Index 1,681
36 World 24 National University of Washington

University of Washington

United States
Scholars 18 4,508 Σ H-Index 1,672
38 World 25 National Cornell University

Cornell University

United States
Scholars 18 6,402 Σ H-Index 1,614
41 World 26 National Yale University

Yale University

United States
Scholars 16 4,364 Σ H-Index 1,545
42 World 27 National University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota

United States
Scholars 15 5,392 Σ H-Index 1,484
43 World 28 National Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University

United States
Scholars 15 7,552 Σ H-Index 1,483
44 World 29 National University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

United States
Scholars 17 5,468 Σ H-Index 1,475
45 World 30 National University of California, Davis

University of California, Davis

United States
Scholars 13 6,119 Σ H-Index 1,466
50 World 31 National University of California, Irvine

University of California, Irvine

United States
Scholars 14 5,624 Σ H-Index 1,335
54 World 32 National University of California, San Diego

University of California, San Diego

United States
Scholars 14 4,606 Σ H-Index 1,217
55 World 33 National Purdue University West Lafayette

Purdue University West Lafayette

United States
Scholars 12 5,760 Σ H-Index 1,192
59 World 34 National Duke University

Duke University

United States
Scholars 12 5,272 Σ H-Index 1,166
67 World 35 National Boston University

Boston University

United States
Scholars 10 3,917 Σ H-Index 1,013
71 World 36 National University of California, Riverside

University of California, Riverside

United States
Scholars 9 4,430 Σ H-Index 961
72 World 37 National Northwestern University

Northwestern University

United States
Scholars 9 4,964 Σ H-Index 958
74 World 38 National New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University

United States
Scholars 9 1,965 Σ H-Index 922
76 World 39 National Rice University

Rice University

United States
Scholars 9 3,783 Σ H-Index 900
78 World 40 National University of Rochester

University of Rochester

United States
Scholars 9 4,728 Σ H-Index 869
79 World 41 National University of Virginia

University of Virginia

United States
Scholars 10 3,036 Σ H-Index 866
80 World 42 National Michigan State University

Michigan State University

United States
Scholars 8 3,357 Σ H-Index 862
89 World 43 National University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

United States
Scholars 9 2,222 Σ H-Index 791
104 World 44 National University of Oregon

University of Oregon

United States
Scholars 4 3,276 Σ H-Index 625
107 World 45 National Syracuse University

Syracuse University

United States
Scholars 5 4,051 Σ H-Index 610
108 World 46 National University of Delaware

University of Delaware

United States
Scholars 7 2,110 Σ H-Index 606
109 World 47 National New York University

New York University

United States
Scholars 6 1,366 Σ H-Index 606
111 World 48 National Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology

United States
Scholars 6 1,563 Σ H-Index 586
112 World 49 National Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University

United States
Scholars 7 2,134 Σ H-Index 583
113 World 50 National Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University

United States
Scholars 5 3,295 Σ H-Index 579
114 World 51 National University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh

United States
Scholars 6 2,011 Σ H-Index 567
118 World 52 National Brown University

Brown University

United States
Scholars 4 3,030 Σ H-Index 542
122 World 53 National Florida State University

Florida State University

United States
Scholars 4 2,372 Σ H-Index 517
125 World 54 National University of Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma

United States
Scholars 4 2,445 Σ H-Index 499
127 World 55 National Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University

United States
Scholars 6 1,739 Σ H-Index 493
131 World 56 National Arizona State University

Arizona State University

United States
Scholars 5 2,234 Σ H-Index 452
133 World 57 National Iowa State University

Iowa State University

United States
Scholars 5 2,000 Σ H-Index 450
134 World 58 National University of Utah

University of Utah

United States
Scholars 5 1,170 Σ H-Index 449
138 World 59 National University of Iowa

University of Iowa

United States
Scholars 4 2,600 Σ H-Index 436
139 World 60 National Georgia State University

Georgia State University

United States
Scholars 6 1,252 Σ H-Index 433
142 World 61 National University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame

United States
Scholars 4 2,218 Σ H-Index 423
143 World 62 National The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington

United States
Scholars 2 2,825 Σ H-Index 414
145 World 63 National University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

United States
Scholars 4 1,162 Σ H-Index 413
165 World 64 National Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology

United States
Scholars 4 1,172 Σ H-Index 353
169 World 65 National University of Alabama in Huntsville

University of Alabama in Huntsville

United States
Scholars 4 1,385 Σ H-Index 337
172 World 66 National University of Hawaii at Manoa

University of Hawaii at Manoa

United States
Scholars 4 852 Σ H-Index 330
175 World 67 National University of Wyoming

University of Wyoming

United States
Scholars 3 880 Σ H-Index 319
176 World 68 National City University of New York

City University of New York

United States
Scholars 3 1,800 Σ H-Index 317
182 World 69 National West Virginia University

West Virginia University

United States
Scholars 3 1,012 Σ H-Index 299
183 World 70 National Catholic University of America

Catholic University of America

United States
Scholars 4 834 Σ H-Index 295
191 World 71 National University of New Mexico

University of New Mexico

United States
Scholars 3 929 Σ H-Index 271
196 World 72 National Drexel University

Drexel University

United States
Scholars 2 676 Σ H-Index 260
199 World 73 National Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University

United States
Scholars 3 519 Σ H-Index 255
204 World 74 National Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University

United States
Scholars 3 929 Σ H-Index 246
205 World 75 National University of Missouri

University of Missouri

United States
Scholars 3 960 Σ H-Index 245
208 World 76 National University of Southern California

University of Southern California

United States
Scholars 3 1,235 Σ H-Index 242
216 World 77 National Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis

United States
Scholars 3 876 Σ H-Index 232
217 World 78 National University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky

United States
Scholars 3 743 Σ H-Index 232
222 World 79 National University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

United States
Scholars 3 738 Σ H-Index 225
224 World 80 National University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

United States
Scholars 2 957 Σ H-Index 212
226 World 81 National Montana State University

Montana State University

United States
Scholars 2 640 Σ H-Index 211
227 World 82 National Louisiana State University

Louisiana State University

United States
Scholars 2 652 Σ H-Index 209
228 World 83 National University of Central Florida

University of Central Florida

United States
Scholars 2 1,236 Σ H-Index 207
229 World 84 National Wayne State University

Wayne State University

United States
Scholars 2 700 Σ H-Index 205
232 World 85 National Temple University

Temple University

United States
Scholars 2 648 Σ H-Index 198
239 World 86 National University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Illinois at Chicago

United States
Scholars 1 1,239 Σ H-Index 192
241 World 87 National Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University

United States
Scholars 1 1,258 Σ H-Index 189
243 World 88 National Oregon State University

Oregon State University

United States
Scholars 2 962 Σ H-Index 184
246 World 89 National Brandeis University

Brandeis University

United States
Scholars 2 697 Σ H-Index 181
250 World 90 National University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

United States
Scholars 1 1,018 Σ H-Index 179
256 World 91 National University of Missouri–Kansas City

University of Missouri–Kansas City

United States
Scholars 2 371 Σ H-Index 170
259 World 92 National Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University

United States
Scholars 2 514 Σ H-Index 169
263 World 93 National University of Connecticut

University of Connecticut

United States
Scholars 2 651 Σ H-Index 163
264 World 94 National Ohio University - Lancaster

Ohio University - Lancaster

United States
Scholars 2 444 Σ H-Index 162
270 World 95 National Tufts University

Tufts University

United States
Scholars 2 387 Σ H-Index 160
279 World 96 National University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

United States
Scholars 2 972 Σ H-Index 155
280 World 97 National Kansas State University

Kansas State University

United States
Scholars 2 311 Σ H-Index 155
287 World 98 National Old Dominion University

Old Dominion University

United States
Scholars 2 690 Σ H-Index 150
288 World 99 National University System of New Hampshire

University System of New Hampshire

United States
Scholars 2 868 Σ H-Index 149
292 World 100 National New Jersey Institute of Technology

New Jersey Institute of Technology

United States
Scholars 2 700 Σ H-Index 148

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