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UW-Eau Claire in U.S. News 2021 Best Colleges rankings

| Gary Johnson

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire ranks eighth among the top public regional universities in the Midwest in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Colleges listing released today.

This is the 26th straight year U.S. News has named UW-Eau Claire a top Midwestern public university.

UW-Eau Claire is ranked 39th among the 156 public and private Midwestern universities on the U.S. News list.

“We are proud to be included in this list of outstanding universities for 26 consecutive years, and this recognition is further proof that UW-Eau Claire’s commitment to put students first is making a difference,” Chancellor James Schmidt said. “Our faculty and staff are passionate about creating a transformative educational experience for all our students. The fact that we continue to be recognized as a university that helps Pell Grant students succeed is directly tied to our mission to be an inclusive university, regardless of a student’s background or socioeconomic status. All that we are doing to help bridge the opportunity gap is important for our students, our community and our state.”

The rankings are based on U.S. News’ criteria that includes peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving. 

UW-Eau Claire was recognized in additional U.S. News rankings among private and public Midwestern universities:

  • 27th in the “Best Colleges for Veterans” category based on a university’s efforts to make a college education more affordable for veterans and active-service members.
  • 29th in the “Top Performers on Social Mobility” category, which measures how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell grants (those typically coming from households whose family annual incomes are less than $50,000, though most Pell Grant money goes to students with a total family income below $20,000.)
  • 57th in the “Best Value Schools” ranking. The category factors academic quality and cost after accounting for total expenses and financial aid.

UW-Eau Claire also was named to the magazine’s “A-plus Schools for B students” and “Undergraduate Business Programs” lists.