U.S. News & World Report ranks UM-Dearborn as top Michigan regional public university

September 12, 2022

UM-Dearborn also number one Michigan public regional university on "Best College for Veterans" and "Top Performer in Social Mobility" lists.

Photo of students walking on campus near the library.
UM-Dearborn Wolverines are enjoying a warm Fall '22 day at the beginning of the semester.

University of Michigan-Dearborn ranks as a top Michigan university in U.S. News & World Report’s annual guide to American colleges and universities. The new numbers were released today.

The university ranks first in the state and fifth overall among regional public universities in the Midwest. And it’s 30th — moving up the list from last year — among all regional universities, public and private, in the Midwest.

"UM-Dearborn faculty and staff should be very proud of this ranking. It's proof that our work here changes lives and makes our region stronger and more competitive,” said Chancellor Domenico Grasso. "Our practice-based curriculum means that our graduates will hit the ground running in their careers, earn higher salaries and have less debt after college."

Another point of pride: UM-Dearborn takes a top spot on the “Best College for Veterans” list. In the 2023 rankings, the university — when ranked among regional campuses in the Midwest — earned the top placement in the state at No. 11 overall.

Criteria for the designation includes being GI Bill-certified and participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program. In addition, UM-Dearborn has an active Veteran Affairs staff that organizes veterans-based programming and provides structure for incoming students. “We are veterans, so we understand the needs of our service members and veterans,” said Veterans Affairs Coordinator Tom Pitock, who has more than 22 years of military service.

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

The College of Business ranks as the third best undergraduate business program in the state. This is the 14th consecutive year it’s appeared on the list. The College of Engineering and Computer Science was ranked with the fifth best ABET-accredited undergraduate engineering program in Michigan. Their computer science undergraduate degree also was named a top program.

UM-Dearborn is also the number one regional public university in Michigan on the list of “Top Performers on Social Mobility.” The campus ranked 15th overall 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.

U.S. News & World Report’s overall rankings are based on data on up to 15 indicators of academic quality including first-year retention rate, graduation rate and strength of faculty.

The complete 2023 rankings will appear in the magazine’s annual guidebook to “America’s Best Colleges.”

In other rankings news, the university was recognized on the Forbes list of America’s Top Colleges.