The University of Michigan continues to rank near the top in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of the nation’s best undergraduate colleges and universities.
U-M maintained its rankings as the No. 4 public university and No. 29 among the nation’s best national universities.
The 2016 rankings were released online Wednesday.
University officials noted that what matters most in choosing a school is the match between the particular interests, abilities and ambitions of each student and the specific programs, approaches and opportunities offered by a particular school.
UM-Dearborn was rated among the best regional universities in the Midwest. It was ranked at No. 36, down from No. 35 last year. It maintained its ranking as the No. 7 public school in the Midwest.
U.S. News also annually ranks undergraduate business and engineering programs.
The Stephen M. Ross School of Business undergraduate program again ranks No. 4 nationally. It is among the top five schools in four specialties: finance (third), management (first), marketing (second) and product/operations (fourth).
The College of Engineering undergraduate program ranks No. 6 nationally, up from No. 7 last year. In specialty rankings, engineering is among the top five in five specialty areas: aerospace engineering (third), environmental/environmental health (third), industrial/manufacturing (second), materials (fifth) and mechanical (fifth).
Among regional universities, the engineering program at UM-Dearborn was tied with six other schools at No. 39, down from No. 34 last year.
A peer-assessment survey that recognizes universities for its strong commitment to teaching ranked U-M No. 13 nationally. Although U-M did not appear on the published list of ranked schools last year, a change in this ranking resulted in more schools being ranked this year.
New this year, U.S. News asked top academics in a peer-assessment survey to name the most innovative schools. U-M ranked No. 8, tied with Drexel University and Harvard.
U.S. News also released rankings of the top schools that help veterans and active service members pursue an affordable college education. UM-Ann Arbor ranked No. 23. A change in this ranking also resulted in more schools being ranked this year.
Earlier this year, U.S. News released its graduate rankings.
U-M has 101 graduate programs ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report, placing it among the top four among all public and private institutions in the United States.