Michigan's universities remained stable in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, released Tuesday, with the University of Michigan continuing to top the field among the state's schools. It was also listed as one of the top five public universities in the nation.
The rankings are considered prime marketing material for universities and colleges across the country -- who use them to woo students. U.S. News publishes the rankings in a number of categories to help students and parents make their choice.
"I encourage parents and students to use the wealth of data and information in Best Colleges to identify schools that suit their specific needs,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. “In addition to considering factors like location and cost, families should pay close attention to graduation and retention rates. These are important indicators of how well a school supports its students both academically and financially. Getting into a good school means nothing if you cannot graduate.”
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U-M remains at the top of Michigan's universities when it comes to overall performance.
It finished at No. 27 in the list of public and private national universities, up two spots from last year. The top five overall were: Princeton; Harvard; University of Chicago (tie for third); Yale (tie for third); Columbia (tie for fifth) and Stanford (tie for fifth). Among public universities, the magazine placed U-M as the fourth best, behind University of California-Berkley, University of California-Los Angeles and the University of Virginia.
Here's where other Michigan schools rank this year:
Michigan State University: No. 82, down from No. 75 last year.
Michigan Technological University: No. 118, up from No. 123 last year.
Western Michigan University: No. 194, down from No. 187 last year.
Central Michigan University: No. 202, down from No. 194 last year.
Eastern Michigan University, Oakland University and Wayne State University are all included in a listing of schools between No. 232 and No. 298. Individual rankings aren't given to schools in that ranking, which is the bottom of the national university rankings. Schools are placed in a number of categories depending on their ranking in the higher education Carnegie system, which ranks the schools on programs offered.
The rankings are broken down into a number of other categories as well. For example, the University of Detroit Mercy is ranked No. 24 in the Midwest for regional universities, followed closely at Grand Valley State University at No. 27.
Each school has an individual profile, which include specifics on academic life, financial aid, student body makeup and more. Students can research schools with the most Economic Diversity and Campus Ethnic Diversity, as well as the Most International Students. The rankings also encompass the Best Colleges for Veterans, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Most Innovative Schools and a list of the A-plus Schools for B Students.