The University of Michigan is once again ranked the top U.S. public university in the QS World University Rankings 2022 edition, released June 8. U-M has maintained its top U.S. public university ranking since 2016. 

The annual list, which launched in 2004, ranks the 1,300 best institutions from around the world. This year, U-M ranked 23rd overall.

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The QS World University Rankings are based on six factors: academic reputation (40 percent), employer reputation (10 percent), student-faculty ratio (20 percent), citations per faculty (20 percent), proportion of international faculty (5 percent) and proportion of international students (5 percent).

While the university values the measurements of academic performance, U-M officials note that rankings cannot fully account for or capture the university’s mission. With the challenges posed by COVID-19, what matters most in choosing a school is the match between the interests, abilities and ambitions of each student with the specific programs, approaches and opportunities offered by a particular school.

U-M is one of three U.S. public universities making the top 40, a list that also included 11 private U.S. universities. The other public U.S. universities in the top 40 were University of California, Berkeley, at No. 32 and University of California, Los Angeles, at No. 40.

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