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

September 12, 2012

University of Michigan-DearbornThe 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 33rd 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.

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


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