University ranked No. 17 in global rankings by U.S. News


The University of Michigan is ranked as the world’s 17th top institution, according to global rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.

In its second year, the Best Global Universities Ranking increased the number of institutions on its list to 750 universities from 57 different countries, compared with 500 universities last year.

The publication also changed its methodology related to publications and total citations.

The rankings weigh factors that measure a university’s global and regional reputation, academic research performance and data on faculty and doctoral graduates. 

Among U.S. public institutions, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Washington and University of California, Los Angeles were ranked above U-M.



  1. Craig Haley
    on October 7, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Not #17 in the world, #17 in the US only.
    They do not have a “world” ranking list , only by country and region, then you compare scores. They should have one “world” list instead of forcing people to make their own ‘world” list based on an institution’s score and comparing it with shools around the world, region by region, country by country.

    • K B
      on October 7, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      Not sure what you’re looking at but Oxford #5, Toronto #16, UM #17. Seems pretty global to me.

      • John Politsch
        on October 7, 2015 at 3:16 pm

        It is confusing, as U of Michigan is also ranked #17 in the United States- with some schools that are ranked higher in the US, but not globally. Haven’t read US News’s methodology, so I don’t know what accounts for this discrepancy.

  2. Jill Cali
    on October 7, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    I think the difference is that the US ranking includes private schools. The “world” ranking says that it is only considering public schools. You’d have to reconcile the US list to see if only Cal-Berkeley, Wahington and UCLA are ahead of UM on that list, too, or if there are additional public schools above UM beyond those.

  3. Greg Forsythe
    on October 10, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    These rankings do represent international rankings. The London Times Higher Education 2016 rankings of overall reputation and performance show Michigan as #21 in the world. Amongst US public universities only California has units ranking higher than M. In the Big Ten M is far and away #1. The next ones are: #25 Northwestern, #50 Wisconsin Madison, #65 Minnesota, #90 Ohio State, #99 Michigsn State. I wear the M with pride in the surpassing excellence of the education, research, faculty and accomplishments of the alumni/-Ae. GO BLUE!

    • Rob Saltzstein
      on November 4, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      Where do the SEC schools rank?

  4. Jerry Bensack
    on October 10, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    The two British rankings, QS and THE rankings, are heavily biased in favor of the UK and Commonwealth institutions. Their methodology with subjective “reputation survey” data is also flawed. The most respected international ranking table by academia is the Shanghai Rankings (ARWU). This US News Global Ranking list is also OK.

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