UW-Eau Claire moves up in U.S. News 2020 Best Colleges ranking

| Julie Poquette

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire ranks fourth among the top 33 public regional universities in the Midwest, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges listing released today. It is the 25th consecutive year that U.S. News has named UW-Eau Claire a top Midwestern public university. 

UW-Eau Claire’s fourth-place ranking was a move up from fifth place a year ago, and its ranking among all 162 public and private Midwestern universities rose to 33rd, up from 38th last year. 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 rewarding to see our move up in this prestigious ranking — a reflection of the great efforts by our outstanding faculty and staff who continue putting students first, always finding new ways to open doors to real learning for our students,” said UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt. “In particular, seeing our high ranking for the rate at which we graduate students from low-income households indicates we are heading in the right direction with our deliberate efforts to close the opportunity gap for underrepresented students.”

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

UW-Eau Claire also was recognized in several additional U.S. News rankings. Among all 162 top private and public Midwestern universities, UW-Eau Claire ranked as follows:

  • 20th in the new “Top Performers on Social Mobility” ranking, which measures how well schools graduate students who received federal Pell Grants (those from households with family incomes less than $50,000 annually — although most Pell Grant money goes to students with a family income below $20,000).
  • 21st in the “Colleges for Veterans” ranking of schools that participate in federal initiatives helping military veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees.
  • 52nd in the “Best Value Schools” ranking, which takes into account a school’s academic quality and its 2018-19 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

UW-Eau Claire also was named to the U.S. News “Undergraduate Business Programs” and “A+ Schools for B Students” lists, which include colleges and universities nationwide.