The latest college rankings from US News & World Report put UW-Madison at #11 in a nation-wide ranking of public institutions, up from #13 last year. The ranking used criteria including retention/graduation rates, academic reputation, financial resources, and faculty resources. In particular, UW-Madison’s College of Engineering (#14) and the School of Business (#15) did quite well, as evidenced not only by the rankings, but also their alums, including John Oros of J.C. Flowers & Co. (BBA from the School of Business) and Christopher J. Struck of CJS Labs (BSEE from the School of Engineering). The US News & World Report rankings include more than 260 national universities, and the rankings will be included in the 2016 edition of America’s Best Colleges.
“Our mission is always to provide student with the top-notch education people have come to expect at UW-Madison,” said Provost Sarah Mangelsodorf. However, she also cautious that “national rankings don’t adequately portray the many factors that go into providing a high-quality educational experience.” Still, rankings can be extremely helpful for potential students and their parents who are researching places to apply.
Other areas of UW-Madison also ranked well:
- The Insurance/Risk Management Program ranked 4th overall.
- The Real Estate Program ranked 4th overall and 2nd among public universities.
- UW-Madison was also ranked as the 33rd Best College for Veterans.
US News & World Report rankings include categories for national universities, national liberal arts colleges, regional universities, regional colleges, undergraduate business programs, undergraduate engineering programs, historically black colleges and universities, undergraduate teaching, top public schools, and rankings as determined by high school counselors. The rankings are traditionally part of the way high school students find out about which schools they want to apply to.
With the importance of STEM education at the forefront of discussion these days, it’s interesting to note that UW-Madison continues to deliver in these areas.