The University Record, September 21, 1992

U.S. News rankings: U does better with fewer resources

The U-M has maintained second place in academic reputation among public schools cited in the latest U.S. News & World Report survey of colleges and universities.

And while the University has dropped from 22nd to 24th place in overall rankings, U-M administrators “are gratified that the University is among the top 25 in the country,” says Walter Harrison, executive director of university relations.

The U-M was among only four public universities to be placed among the top 25 in the United States in the magazine's overall rankings based on reputation, student selectivity, financial resources and five-year graduation rates.

In academic reputation, the U-M's position improved this year from 11th to eighth, coming in behind the University of California, Berkeley, which was ranked third in reputation. The other two publics among the top 25, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Virginia, both ranked 15th in reputation.

“If you look at the numbers, they are very revealing, very telling,” Harrison says.

“We are ranked eighth in academic reputation and 39th in financial resources. It’s clear that we maintain fine academics with far fewer resources than other schools on the list.

“Another factor in which we rank low is student selectivity (34th). As a public university we are committed to maintaining access for large numbers of Michigan students and that is as it should be.”

The U-M ranked fifth in the magazine’s “best buys” category among national universities following, in order of ranking, the University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles; Rice University; and the University of Virginia.

Overall, Harvard University ranked at the top of the 204 national universities, followed by Princeton University, Yale University, Stanford University, California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, Duke University, University of Chicago and Columbia University to make up the top 10.