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U.S. News ranks U-M high in many areas, 25th overall

A new ranking in this year’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition of U.S. News & World Report recognizes the University’s outstanding performance in providing “academic programs that lead to student success.” The University placed first in undergraduate research/creative projects, second in learning communities, fourth in service learning, and eighth in both internships/co-ops and writing in the disciplines.

In the overall rankings released today (Sept. 16), the University maintains its placement of 25th among national universities, tied with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Wake Forest University. It also maintained its position at third place among public universities, tied with UCLA.

In addition to undergraduate research/creative projects, two academic programs were ranked first: management in the Business School and environmental engineering/environmental health in the School of Engineering.

The U.S. News list of 249 national universities includes those that offer a full range of undergraduate majors, master’s and Ph.D. programs, and emphasize faculty research. Only 15 public universities appear in the top 50. Princeton University is the top-ranked school.

U.S. News bases its overall rankings on several factors, such as academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni gift-giving. The rankings also highlight undergraduate business and engineering programs at schools whose highest degree is Ph.D.

The Business School ranks third overall. Individual departments also received top rankings: accounting (3); finance (3); international business (4); management (1); marketing (2); production/operations management (4) and quantitative analysis/methods (5). The University of Pennsylvania ranks first on the list.

The School of Engineering is ranked seventh overall, tied with Carnegie Mellon and Cornell universities. The following engineering departments are highly ranked: aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical (3); electrical/electronic/communications (5); environmental engineering/environmental health (1); industrial/manufacturing (2); materials (2); mechanical (5) and nuclear (2). Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranks first on the list.


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