University highest-rated, regional public university in the Midwest

September 13, 2012

DEARBORN / September 13, 2012---The University of Michigan-Dearborn again was ranked sixth among master’s level public universities in the Midwest in an annual guide to American colleges published by U.S. News & World Report. UM-Dearborn was the highest-rated, regional public university in Michigan on the list and ranked No. 33 among all regional universities in the Midwest. This marks the tenth consecutive year that the university was rated as one of the region’s best.

“We are thrilled to again see UM-Dearborn rank near the top on many of the U.S. News regional evaluations,” said Stanley E. Henderson, vice chancellor for enrollment management and student life. “This is a tangible expression of what students and families have been saying for years about the quality and value of our higher education community.”

UM-Dearborn’s College of Business (COB) and College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) also were ranked on program specific lists.

For the 15th consecutive year, UM-Dearborn’s College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) again was rated among the top ABET, Inc. accredited undergraduate engineering programs in the country among schools whose terminal degree is a bachelor’s or master’s with few, if any, doctoral programs. UM-Dearborn began offering doctorate programs in 2009. “CECS is honored to again be highly rated by U.S. News,” said Tony England, interim dean, CECS. “To be one of two schools in Michigan on this list speaks highly to the quality of our faculty, students and research facilities.”

The College of Business (COB) was ranked as one of the top undergraduate business programs in the state of Michigan, after only University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Michigan State University. “We are pleased that the College of Business has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year as one of the best business schools in the state,” said Lee Redding, interim dean, COB. “To appear on the list recognizes the high quality business education that the College of Business offers and serves to further build the reputation of the college.”

The rankings, which were released online this week at, will appear in the magazine's annual guidebook to America's Best Colleges, which will be on newsstands Sept. 28.

In the magazine's ratings, UM-Dearborn is compared with other public universities that offer a full range of undergraduate and master's degree programs, but few or no doctoral degrees. Those institutions are rated by region because they tend to draw students from their surrounding areas, according to U.S. News. The magazine said it bases its overall rankings “on quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality.” Their rankings of engineering programs are based on a peer survey of deans and senior faculty members at schools around the country. For more information on how U.S. News ensures the accuracy of the rankings visit

Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, University of Michigan-Dearborn is a metropolitan university serving southeastern Michigan, committed to excellence rooted in strong academics, innovative research and programming and civic engagement. The University more than 9,100 students pursuing more than 100 bachelor's, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business and education.  A top-ranked university with a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of partnering with local leaders and communities, and is committed to finding solutions for the challenges that face the region.



Beth Marmarelli