Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

U-M again ranks near top in U.S. News & World Report rankings

U-M again was cited as one of the nation’s best universities by U.S. News & World Report, gaining special attention this year as one of the top schools where the faculty has “an unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching.”

The university also ranked near the top in a new listing based on the opinions of high school guidance counselors. On that list U-M ranked No. 22 among national universities, tied with seven other schools.

U-M maintained its ranking as the No. 4 public university and was ranked at No. 29 among the nation’s best national universities, down slightly from No. 27 last year.

UM-Dearborn was rated among the best regional universities in the Midwest. It was ranked at No. 32, down from No. 27 last year, but still the highest-rated Michigan public institution.

While university officials are pleased that U-M consistently is ranked as one of the nation’s finest universities by U.S. News & World Report, they also note that this type of strict ranking of schools is not the most accurate measure of the quality of an institution.

U-M also was near the top in the rankings of business programs, where U-M remained at No. 4, and engineering, where U-M maintained a No. 7 ranking.

Among regional universities, the engineering program at the UM-Dearborn was tied with six other schools at No. 31, up from No. 38 last year.

U-M also was recognized for a number of programs that lead to student success including its first-year experience, learning communities, service learning, study abroad and undergraduate research and creative projects.