UM-Dearborn ranks high in U.S. News & World Report's annual guide to American colleges

September 10, 2010

U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges (Regional Universities: Midwest) - 2011

UM-Dearborn 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.

In addition to the overall university ratings, the College of Engineering and Computer Science was rated among the top undergraduate engineering programs in the country among schools whose terminal degree is a bachelor’s or master’s with few, if any, doctoral programs. The magazine publishes this list for “students who prefer a program focused on undergraduates.” UM-Dearborn began offering doctorate programs in 2009.

The College of Business ranks number one in undergraduate, AACSB accredited business programs in the state of Michigan among colleges not offering doctoral degrees.  U.S. Newsrecognized the College of Business as one of the 2011 Best Business Schools earlier in the year on a separate list. The Princeton Review listed the College of Business as one of their “Best 301 Business Schools” last fall.

“It is particularly gratifying to see UM-Dearborn rank near the top on many of the U.S. News 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 ratings appear in the magazine's annual guidebook to America's Best Colleges, which was published Aug. 24.

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.