For the 21st consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report magazine has named the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire among the best public regional universities in the Midwest.
The 2016 edition of "America's Best Colleges" ranks UW-Eau Claire No. 6 among the top regional public universities in the Midwest, and 33rd among all private and public institutions in the 12-state region. Every year since 1995, U.S. News has ranked UW-Eau Claire among the top public institutions in the Midwest and in the top third of public and private Midwestern regional universities.
"For more than 20 years, U.S. News has recognized through its rankings the high-quality education UW-Eau Claire provides its students," Chancellor James Schmidt said. "I believe a big factor in our continued high ranking is our commitment to provide all students with high-value experiences like faculty-student research, internships and study abroad. These experiences help ensure students' career success and their ability to contribute as engaged global citizens. Also a factor is the work our faculty and staff are doing to reduce our students' time to graduation to get them into the workplace or on to the next step in their post-undergraduate plans."
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. These schools focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and in fields such as business, nursing and education.
The regional rankings include 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.
This year, U.S. News also again included UW-Eau Claire on its "Best Colleges for Veterans" and "A-Plus Schools for B Students" lists. In the "Best Colleges for Veterans" category, UW-Eau Claire was ranked No. 3 among public universities in the Midwest and was the only UW System school on the list. Universities in the "A-Plus Schools for B Students" 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 & World Report rankings are available online Sept. 9 at www.usnews.com/colleges.
The 2015 "America's Best Colleges" guidebook will be on newsstands later this month.