UM-Dearborn ranks fifth among regional public universities in the Midwest

September 13, 2021

This marks the 20th consecutive year the university was rated as one of the region’s best from U.S. News & World Report. Campus also received recognition from Washington Monthly and Forbes.

Photo of students in class during the Fall 2021 semester

University of Michigan-Dearborn was again ranked as one of the top Michigan universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual guide to American colleges and universities.

The university ranked fifth among regional public universities and 31st among all regional universities in the Midwest. This marks the 20th consecutive year the university was rated as one of the region’s best.

According to the magazine, overall rankings are based on data on up to 17 indicators of academic quality including first-year retention rate, graduation rate and strength of faculty. 

In college-specific listings, U.S. News again recognized UM-Dearborn’s undergraduate business and engineering programs. 

The College of Business was ranked as the fourth best undergraduate business program in the state. This was the 13th consecutive year the program has appeared on the list. The College of Engineering and Computer Science was ranked with the fifth best ABET-accredited undergraduate engineering program in Michigan. This is the sixth year CECS has been included in the doctoral program category. U.S. News previously ranked the program among the best offered at master’s-level institutions for 18 consecutive years. The college’s computer science program also appeared on the list recognizing top undergraduate programs

UM-Dearborn was  the top-ranked regional public university in Michigan on the list of “Top Performers on Social Mobility” and ranked 14th among regional universities in the Midwest. The list includes colleges that are successful at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of Pell Grant eligible students. The university was also listed as a “Best College for Veterans.” The complete 2022 rankings were released online this week and will appear in the magazine’s annual guidebook to “America’s Best Colleges.”

In other rankings news, Washington Monthly recognized UM-Dearborn as a top master’s degree university based on the university’s contribution to the public good in terms of social mobility, research and promoting public service. UM-Dearborn also appeared on the “Best Bang for the Buck” Midwest rankings, which recognized the university for offering marketable degrees at an affordable cost and the Best College for Student Voting list. The university was also recognized on the Forbes list of America’s Top Colleges.