I think Columbia, Penn, Duke, Michigan, Cornell, JHU and Northwestern are better than UCLA, as a university, as a whole.
<p>I guess. Most of those universities are peers imo, but w/e. UCLA is absolutely beastly in health sciences, including its hospital, and it doesn't do too bad in a lot of graduate programs either. (As evidenced by this ranking.)</p>
<p>Furthermore, some people like to point out that schools like Berkeley trump UCLA in reputation, but neglect to mention that this hardly makes a difference in the ranking as a whole (e.g. Berkeley has 89.8 points; UCLA has 86.3)</p>
<p>Not sure about here but UCLA is probably overrated in the USN engineering ranking. They significantly overstated (like 2 or 3x) their NAE number. Maybe alums like beyphy can write them a letter.
<p>Lol, even if those numbers are overrated, UCLA is hardly the only university to exaggerate some figure to improve its ranking (e.g. student to faculty ratios.)</p>