The University of Michigan continues to be one of the top universities in the country for undergraduate education, according to new rankings released Sept. 12 by U.S. News & World Report.
U-M was ranked the No. 3 public university, the same position it had last year, and placed 25th overall among both public and private institutions on the 2022-23 Best Colleges list. The university was ranked No. 23 overall last year.
The other public institutions in the U.S. that made the top 25 were the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, Berkeley, which were both ranked at No. 20, and the University of Virginia, which tied U-M at No. 25.
The rankings are based on an overall score calculated from weighted measures in nine 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).
U-M officials said they are pleased that the university continues to be recognized as a leader in higher education. They also noted that rankings lists don’t consider all of the factors that contribute to the quality of an institution, and that it’s important to focus on a university’s commitment to academic excellence and societal impact.
The 2022-23 Best Colleges list included data from more than 1,450 institutions.
When it comes to regional schools, UM-Dearborn again ranked the No. 5 public regional university in the Midwest. It moved up one spot — from No. 31 to No. 30 — on the overall list of best Midwest regional universities.
The rankings also included data about specific fields of study.
The Stephen M. Ross School of Business retained its No. 4 ranking on the overall list of undergraduate business programs. Ross maintained or improved its ratings on 11 out of 12 specialties, with accounting, finance, management, marketing and production/operations all ranking within the top five.
The College of Engineering also kept the same ranking as last year, placing No. 6 on the list of engineering programs. It maintained or improved its ratings on nine out of 10 specialties, with aerospace, environmental, industrial/manufacturing, materials and mechanical scoring in the top five.
The School of Nursing scored higher than last year, going from No. 4 to No. 3.
U-M received high marks in other areas, as well. It was ranked the No. 9 best college for veterans, No. 12 for best computer science education, No. 16 in best undergraduate teaching, No. 18 on the list of most innovative schools and No. 51 for best value.
U-M also was recognized as having several academic programs to look for: first-year experience, learning communities, senior capstone, study abroad and undergraduate research.