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Week of September 16, 2013

U-M remains strong in U.S. News rankings

The university 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. The 2014 rankings were released online last week at www.usnews.com.

U-M maintained its ranking as the No. 4 public university and was ranked at No. 28 among the nation’s best national universities, up one from last year.

While university officials are pleased that U-M consistently is ranked as one of the nation’s finest universities, they also note that this type of strict ranking of universities is not the most accurate measure of the quality of an institution of higher education.

UM-Dearborn was rated among the best regional universities in the Midwest. It was ranked at No. 36, down from No. 33 last year. It was ranked the No. 7 public school in the Midwest, down from No. 6 last year.

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business undergraduate program ranks No. 2 nationally, tied with University of California Berkeley and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and up from No. 3 last year. It is among the top five schools in four specialties: finance (4th), management (1st), marketing (2nd) and product/operations (5th).

The College of Engineering undergraduate program again ranks No. 7 nationally. In specialty rankings, engineering is among the top five in four specialty areas: aerospace engineering (3nd), environmental/environmental health (4th), industrial/manufacturing (2nd) and mechanical (2nd).

Among regional universities, the engineering program at the UM-Dearborn was tied with seven other schools at No. 33, up from No. 35 last year.

U-M also was recognized for a number of programs that lead to student success including learning communities, service learning and undergraduate research and creative projects. These schools are listed in alphabetical order.

U.S. News also asked college administrators to recognize universities for its strong commitment to teaching. U-M ranked No. 12 nationally, down from No. 6 last year.

U-M officials add 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.

Earlier this year, U.S. News released its graduate rankings.

U-M now has 99 graduate programs ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report — four more than a year ago, and placing it among the top five among all public and private institutions in the United States.

To view the U.S News & World Report rankings, visit: www.usnews.com.

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