UW-Madison ranked 12th best public college by U.S. News & World Report

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is tied for 12th among public institutions in U.S. News & World Report’s latest college rankings.

Overall, UW–Madison ranks 46th in a six-way tie. Last year, UW–Madison ranked 10th among publics and 44th overall in a six-way tie. The rankings, released today, include more than 310 national doctoral universities and will be included in the 2018 edition of America’s Best Colleges.

“We are incredibly proud of the education and the Wisconsin Experience we offer students,” says Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf. “Our faculty and staff are among the best in the world.”

U.S. News gathers data from and about each school in academic excellence, including first-year student retention and graduation of students, peer assessment, faculty resources, admissions selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduate rate performances, which is the difference between the proportion of students expected to graduate and the proportion who do. Each indicator is assigned a weight based on U.S. News’ judgments about which measures of quality matter most – graduation and retention rates, categories UW–Madison performs well in, are the most heavily weighed factors.

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