UM-Dearborn takes top spots in U.S. News & World Report “best colleges” rankings

September 18, 2023

Among the accolades: No. 1 regional public university in the state, a top university for veterans, and outstanding undergraduate programs in business and engineering.

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U.S. News & World Report’s annual guide to American colleges and universities ranks UM-Dearborn as the No. 1 regional public university in the state and No. 3 in the Midwest.

It’s 17th — moving up the list 13 places from last year — among all regional universities, public and private, in the Midwest. The 2024 rankings were released on Monday. This marks the 21st consecutive year the university is rated as one of the region’s best.

When it comes to being veteran friendly and helping people move up the economic ladder, UM-Dearborn also earned top honors. 

The university is No. 1 in the state on the “Best College for Veterans” list among regional public universities.  When ranked among regional campuses in the Midwest, UM-Dearborn placed fifth overall. Criteria for the designation include being GI Bill-certified and participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program. In addition, UM-Dearborn has veterans-based programming and provides structure for incoming Dearborn Wolverines who have served.

On the list of “Top Performers on Social Mobility,” UM-Dearborn is the No. 1 regional public university in Michigan. The list includes colleges that are successful at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of Pell Grant eligible students. The campus ranked 13th overall among regional universities in the Midwest. 

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

The College of Business’ undergraduate business program is ranked fourth in the state. This is the 15th consecutive year it’s appeared on the list. The College of Engineering and Computer Science has multiple ranked programs: they have the fifth best ABET-accredited undergraduate engineering program in Michigan and the computer science undergraduate degree program ranks in the state’s top five.

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

The complete 2024 rankings appear in the magazine’s annual guidebook to “America’s Best Colleges.”