The University of Michigan is once again listed as the highest rated public university in America, according to the QS World University Rankings for the 2017-18 year.
UM jumped two spots in the ranking to no. 21, climbing from no. 23 in 2016-17 and no. 30 the previous academic year, earning it the distinction as the top rated public institution in the United States and is tied as the 12th rated university in the country, overall, with Duke University.
“Founded 20 years before Michigan became a state, it’s the state’s oldest university, and is now considered one of the foremost research institutions in the country,” the description of the university reads. “Michigan is consistently featured in the top 25 of the QS World University Rankings. Michigan has one of the largest alumni bases of any university, with more than 540,000 living alumni.”
Based on six performance indicators, the ranking assesses university performance in areas like research, teaching, employability and internationalization. Rankings are determined by academic reputation (40 percent), employer reputation (10 percent), student-to-faculty ratio (20 percent), research citations per faculty (20 percent), international faculty ratio (5 percent) and international student ratio (5 percent).
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology topped the rankings overall, while Stanford University, Harvard University, California Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge rounded out the top five.
U-M’s ranking marks the fifth time in six years it has been included in the top 25. Michigan State University also made the rankings at no. 149 after finishing at no. 160 last year.
The QS World University Rankings is an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds. It is the only international ranking publication to receive International Ranking Expert Group approval.