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U.S. News again ranks UW-Eau Claire among top five public universities in the Midwest

September 12, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — U.S. News & World Report magazine has again named the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire among the best public regional universities in the Midwest.

The 2013 edition of "America's Best Colleges" ranks UW-Eau Claire No. 5 among the top regional public universities in the Midwest and 31st among all private and public institutions in the Midwest. Every year since 1995, U.S. News has consistently ranked UW-Eau Claire among the top five public institutions in the Midwest and in the top third of public and private Midwestern regional universities.

U.S. News & World Report ranks UW-Eau Claire in the "Regional Universities" category. The category's Midwest region includes schools in 12 states stretching from the Dakotas in the west to Missouri in the south and Ohio in the east. Public and private universities included in this category provide undergraduate- and master's-level programs, and typically draw students from surrounding states.

The regional rankings include 625 schools in four geographic areas (North, South, Midwest and West). The rankings reflect how schools compare within their regions on a set of indicators, including peer assessment, graduation and freshman retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

Among the U.S. News-ranked regional universities, UW-Eau Claire also is recognized as one of 37 Midwestern "A-Plus Schools for B Students." Universities in this category are "those where nonsuperstars have a decent shot at being accepted and thriving — where spirit and hard work could make all the difference in admissions offices," according to the U.S. News category description.

The U.S. News top-five ranking is no surprise given the quality of the people he's met and the momentum he's seen in every corner of campus since arriving at UW-Eau Claire this summer, said Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet.

"It's clear there is an extraordinary number of talented people who make up the UW-Eau Claire campus community," Bousquet said. "This great institution attracts smart and creative students, faculty and staff. Our faculty and staff offer our students the kinds of meaningful experiences and opportunities that help them thrive as citizens and professionals. More than anything, the U.S. News rankings remind us that it's the quality of people that matters most when measuring the success of a university."

The U.S. News & World Report rankings will be available online Sept. 12 at www.usnews.com/colleges and through the U.S. News College Compass. The 2013 "America's Best Colleges" guidebook also will be available on newsstands Sept. 18.

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