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U.S. News: UW-Eau Claire again ranks among top 5 Midwestern public universities

| Julie Poquette

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire continues to be ranked among the top five public regional universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report in its 2019 Best Colleges rankings. It is the 24th consecutive year that U.S. News has named UW-Eau Claire a top Midwestern public university.

U.S. News & World Report ranks UW-Eau Claire fifth among the top regional public universities in the Midwest and 38th among all private and public institutions in the region. Every year since 1995, U.S. News has ranked UW-Eau Claire sixth or higher among the top public institutions in the Midwest and in the top third of all public and private Midwestern regional universities.

“It is a testament to the unmatched UW-Eau Claire student experience that U.S. News has ranked us as a top public regional university for 24 years running,” said UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt. “Putting students first is the focus for our outstanding faculty and staff, who work to assist students in graduating on time and to provide them with high-value experiences like faculty-student research, internships and study abroad that contribute greatly to their success following graduation.”

U.S. News & World Report ranks UW-Eau Claire in the "Regional Universities" category, specifically in the Midwest region, which includes schools in 12 states stretching from the Dakotas in the west to Missouri in the south and Ohio in the east. The rankings reflect how schools compare within their regions on a set of indicators, including student outcomes, peer assessment, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

UW-Eau Claire also was recognized in two additional U.S. News rankings. Among 172 top private and public Midwestern universities, UW-Eau Claire ranked as follows:

  • 23rd in the Best Colleges for Veterans ranking of schools that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees.
  • 57th in the Best Value Schools ranking, which takes into account a school’s academic quality and its 2017-18 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.