UM-Dearborn rated among the best regional universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report

September 14, 2011

DEARBORN / Sept. 14, 2011---The University of Michigan-Dearborn was again 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. 34 among all regional universities in the Midwest. UM-Dearborn’s College of Business (COB) and College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) were also ranked on program specific lists.

The College of Business 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 third consecutive year, as one of the best business schools in the state,” said Kim Schatzel, 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.”

In addition, UM-Dearborn’s College of Engineering and Computer Science was again 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 Subrata Sengupta, dean, CECS. “To be one of three schools in Michigan on this list speaks highly to the quality of our faculty, students and research facilities.”

“We are thrilled to again see UM-Dearborn rank near the top on many of the U.S. News regional evaluations,” according to 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 our quality and value.”

The rankings, which were released online this week at will appear in the magazine's annual guidebook to America's Best Colleges, which will appear on newsstands Sept. 20.

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 has nearly 8,900 students pursuing more than 90 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