U-M earns top rankings from U.S. News & World Report


The University of Michigan continues to be recognized nationally in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of the best undergraduate colleges and universities, as the No. 3 public university in the nation.

U-M was ranked No. 23 overall among the best universities in the country, up one spot from last year according to the rankings released Sept. 13. The other public institutions in the United States that were ranked in the top 25 were the University of California, Berkeley (22) and the University of California, Los Angeles (20).  

The rankings are based on an overall score that is calculated from weighted measures in nine broad categories: graduation and retention rates (22 percent), undergraduate academic reputation (20 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), financial resources (10 percent), graduation rate performance (8 percent), student selectivity (7 percent), graduate indebtedness (5 percent), social mobility (5 percent) and alumni giving (3 percent).

This year data was collected from more than 1,850 institutions.

University officials are pleased that U-M is continually recognized as the leaders and best in higher education and note what matters most is focusing on the institution’s commitment to academic excellence and societal impact.

UM-Dearborn was rated among the top regional public universities in the Midwest, ranked at No. 5. It also maintained its ranking as the No. 31 best Midwest regional university. 

U.S. News also annually ranks undergraduate business and engineering programs.

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business ranked No. 4 on the overall list of undergraduate business programs.

Six specialties within Ross were ranked in the top five of their specific disciplines: accounting (fifth), entrepreneurship (fifth), finance (third), management (second), marketing (first) and production/operations (third).

The College of Engineering maintained its No. 6 position on the overall list of undergraduate engineering programs.

Five specialties ranked in the top five for their specific disciplines: aerospace (fifth), electrical (fifth), environmental (second), industrial/manufacturing (third) and materials (fifth).

U.S. News published undergraduate nursing program rankings for the first time this year, stating nursing is a rapidly growing occupation, and that nurses have played an essential role during the pandemic. U-M was ranked No. 4 and UM-Flint No. 76.

Additional rankings

U-M ranked No. 8 on the list for best colleges for veterans and No. 9 for most innovative schools. Other lists on which U-M appeared included: best undergraduate computer science (13), best undergraduate teaching (13) and best value school (32).

U-M also was recognized for several programs to look for, including first-year experience, learning communities, senior capstone, study abroad and undergraduate research.


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