The University of Michigan is ranked the No. 3 public university in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report’s annual report of the nation’s best undergraduate colleges and universities.

The new ranking moves the university up one spot to break into the top three for the first time since 2008.

U-M was ranked No. 25 overall among the nation’s best universities, up two spots from last year, according to the rankings released Sept. 9.

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. 33, up from No. 38 last year. It also was ranked as the No. 4 public school among Midwest regional schools, up one spot from last year.

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

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business undergraduate program ranked No. 3 nationally, up one spot from last year.

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

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

Four specialties also ranked in the top five for their specific disciplines: environmental (second), industrial (second), materials (fifth) and mechanical (fifth).

Additional rankings

U-M also was recognized for a number of programs to look for, including learning communities, senior capstone and undergraduate research/creative projects.

Other lists on which U-M appeared included: strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, ethnic diversity and economic diversity among the top 25 national universities.

U-M ranked No. 7 on the list that ranked the best colleges for veterans, and No. 12 for most innovative schools.

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