UW-Madison graduation

UW-Madison graduates sing "Varsity" at the conclusion of the spring commencement ceremony on May 13 at Camp Randall Stadium.


UW-Madison is ranked once again among the best public colleges or universities in the country, but the school dropped out of the top 10.

The university is tied for No. 12 among public institutions in the 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges.

The state’s flagship university is tied for 46th among all schools, a two-spot drop from last year.

“We are incredibly proud of the education and the Wisconsin Experience we offer students,” Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf said in a statement Tuesday.

“Our faculty and staff are among the best in the world,” Mangelsdorf said.

U.S. News & World Report uses a multitude of factors in making the rankings, including first-year student retention, graduation, admissions selectivity, alumni giving and graduation rate.

In certain programs and measurements, UW-Madison maintained its high standing, including 14th overall and sixth among public schools in Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching; 18th overall in Best College for Veterans; 14th overall for the College of Engineering; 15th overall for the School of Business; third overall for the insurance/risk management program and third overall for the real estate program, both in the School of Business.

The top 10 public schools in the U.S. are Cal-Berkeley, UCLA, Virginia, Michigan, North Carolina, William & Mary, Georgia Tech, Cal-Santa Barbara, Cal-Irvine and Cal-San Diego.

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The Big Ten Conference public schools were led by Michigan (4), followed by Wisconsin (12), Penn State and Ohio State (tied for 14), Purdue (18), Maryland (22), Rutgers and Minnesota (tied for 25), Iowa (31), Michigan State (33), Indiana (39) and Nebraska (58).

In the overall national rankings, Princeton was named the best college in the country, followed by Harvard, the University of Chicago, Yale, Columbia, MIT, Stanford, Penn, Duke and Cal Tech.

Big Ten Conference schools in the overall rankings were led by Northwestern (11), followed by Michigan (28), UW-Madison (46), Penn State and Illinois (tied for 52), Ohio State (54), Purdue (56), Maryland (61), Rutgers and Minnesota (tied for 69), Iowa (78), Michigan State (81), Indiana (90) and Nebraska (124).


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