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UW-Eau Claire again ranks in top 5 on U.S. News best-in-Midwest list

| Julie Poquette

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is again ranked among the top five public regional universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report in its 2018 Best Colleges rankings.

In its “Best Colleges 2018” guidebook, U.S. News & World Report ranks UW-Eau Claire fifth among the top regional public universities in the Midwest and 37th 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.

“That we’ve now been ranked for 23 years straight by U.S. News as one of the top public regional universities in the Midwest is a reflection of the outstanding quality of our faculty and staff here at UW-Eau Claire,” Chancellor James Schmidt said. “The commitment here to student success is second to none. We have an intentional focus on assisting our students to graduate on time, while providing them with the high-value experiences — like faculty-student research, internships and study abroad — that will help them succeed in the workplace or in graduate school.”

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 offer a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and some master’s degree programs but few, if any, doctoral programs.

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 student retention and graduation rates, peer assessment, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

This year, U.S. News also again included UW-Eau Claire on its "A+ Schools for B Students" list. Universities on this list are "those where nonsuperstars have a decent shot at being accepted and thriving — where spirit and hard work could make all the difference to the admissions office," according to the U.S. News category description.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are available online.