The University of Michigan maintained its ranking as the No. 3 public university in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report’s annual report of the nation’s best undergraduate colleges and universities.

U-M was ranked No. 24 overall among the nation’s best universities, up one spot from last year, according to the rankings released Sept. 14. The other public institutions in the United States 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, undergraduate reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, bachelor’s graduate indebtedness, social mobility and alumni giving.

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

UM-Dearborn was rated among the best regional universities in the Midwest. It was ranked at No. 4, up from No. 33 last year. It also maintained its ranking as the No. 4 public school among Midwest regional schools.

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

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business maintained its No. 3 position on the overall list of undergraduate business programs.

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

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

Five specialties also ranked in the top five for their specific disciplines: aerospace (fourth), chemical (fourth), environmental (second), industrial/manufacturing (third) and mechanical (fourth).

Additional rankings

U-M ranked No. 8 on the list for best colleges for veterans and No. 13 for most innovative schools. Other lists on which U-M appeared included: best undergraduate computer science (12) and best undergraduate teaching (16).

U-M also was recognized for a number of programs to look for, including first-year experience, learning communities, study abroad and undergraduate research.

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