The University of Michigan was ranked as the top U.S public university by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education in their 2021 U.S. college ranking.

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U-M moved up four spots to No. 23 overall in a list of universities throughout the United States, according to the rankings released Sept. 17. 

The annual rankings, now in their fifth year, are based on 15 individual performance metrics, grouped into four pillars representing resources (30 percent), engagement (20 percent), outcomes (40 percent) and environment (10 percent).

U-M was recognized among more than 700 institutions in the U.S. for its strong engagement rankings, which looks at student engagement, student recommendation, interaction with teachers and students, and number of accredited programs.

Earlier this month, Times Higher Education released its separate annual world ranking. U-M was ranked No. 22 in the world, which is based on different performance indicators.