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UW-Madison climbs US News list, ranked 38th overall and 10th best audience

Bascom Hall is pictured in an aerial view of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Photo: Jeff Miller

The University of Wisconsin-Madison was ranked 38th overall and 10th among public institutions (both tied) in US News & World Report 2022-23 Ranking of the best colleges.

Last year, UW-Madison was ranked 42nd in a five-way tie and 14th among public institutions.

The ranking, released today, includes 440 national graduate universities and is part of the 2022-2023 edition of America’s Best Colleges.

“As one of the best universities in the world, UW-Madison offers a high-quality education that provides lifelong value to our students,” said Chancellor Jennifer L. Mnookin. “While the rankings are just one measure of excellence, I’m thrilled to see so many areas of our success reflected.”

US News collects data from and about each school regarding undergraduate academic reputation, student excellence, faculty resources, expert opinion, financial resources, alumni donations, rates graduation and retention rates, graduate rate performance and social mobility. Each indicator is assigned a weighting based on US News’ judgments of the most important quality measures.

UW-Madison continues to do particularly well in terms of peer reputation and was ranked 28th overall and seventh among public institutions for the second year in a row.

The university also moved up in several categories, including 51st in financial resources, up from 52n/a last year, and 57e in student excellence, against 59e Last year.

UW–Madison continues to improve in faculty resources and was ranked 84e in total, up 107e Last year. The university has moved up 63 places in this ranking category over the past four years. The top-ranked institutions in this category are those with high faculty salaries and small class sizes, as well as highly qualified faculty and teaching staff.

“We know how valuable our faculty members are, which is why we have prioritized recruiting and retaining exceptional people to enhance our educational programs,” says John Karl Scholz, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Business academics. “This commitment, along with our extraordinary academic and academic staff, continues to strengthen the university’s standing in these rankings.”

The six factors used to calculate the faculty resources portion of the ranking are: index score for class size, favoring institutions with smaller class sizes; the proportion of teachers with the highest degree in their field; student:faculty ratio; the proportion of professors who work full time; and faculty salary, which is defined as the average faculty salary (salary only) for assistant, associate, and full professors in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years, adjusted for regional differences in cost of life based on the open-source database of the Bureau of Economic Analysis Regional Price Parity Dataset of December 2021.

UW–Madison maintained its 39th-ranking in graduation and retention rates for the second year in a row with an 89% six-year graduation rate and 95% freshman retention rate.

US News also assessed undergraduate programs in engineering, business, computer science and nursing.

UW-Madison’s undergraduate engineering program ranked 13th overall (three-way tie), up from 15th overall last year (four-way tie) and 7th (two-way tie ) among public doctoral institutions for the third consecutive year. .

Ranked programs include 21st (two-way tie) in Biomedical Engineering, ninth (two-way tie) in Chemical Engineering, 14th in Civil Engineering, 16th in Computer Engineering, 15th (three-way tie) in Electrical Engineering, 25th (two-way tie) pathways) in Environmental Engineering, 12th (two-way link) in Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering, 14th in Materials Engineering, and 20th (three-way link) in Mechanical Engineering.

The UW–Madison undergraduate business program ranked 19th overall (tie four) and ninth (tie four) in public, both for the second year in a row. It ranked first in both real estate and insurance/risk management (tied).

Other ranked specialties include eighth in marketing, 17th in accounting, 24th (tied at four) in finance and 30th (tied at six) in management.

UW-Madison’s undergraduate computer science program ranked 16th overall (tie at seven), up from 18th last year (tie at four), and eighth (tie at four) among public universities, up from ninth l ‘last year. UW–Madison was ranked 23rd (three-way tie) in artificial intelligence, sixth in computer systems, 17th (four-way tie) in data analytics, and 11th (two-way tie) in programming.

The UW–Madison undergraduate nursing program ranked 22nd (tie at seven) overall and 17th (tie at five) among public universities.

Other categories include:

Best Colleges for Veterans: 18th overall and 10th among audiences (both in three-way matches), up from 20th overall and 14th among audiences last year. Institutions included in this list must be certified for the GI Bill, participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, or be a public institution that charges in-state tuition to all out-of-state veterans, must have enrolled a minimum of 20 veterans and active duty members in the 2021-22 academic year and must be ranked in the top half of the institution’s overall U.S. News ranking category.

Schools with the best value for money: 23rd among audiences, based on value for money (overall ranking divided by net cost), percentage of undergraduate students receiving need-based scholarships or grants, and percentage of total cost of attendance at a school that was covered by average need-based scholarship or grant.

Academic programs to look for: Institutions are nominated by Presidents/Chancellors/Provosts and Heads of Enrollment/Admissions Management in several areas of the student experience, including Study Abroad, ranked 25th overall (tied at five) and fifth among public (tie at four), and First Year Experience, ranked 42nd (tie at seven) overall and sixth among audiences.

Schools with the most international students: UW-Madison is listed as a school with the most international students, with international students making up 10% of the student body. US News does not rank this measure in their publication, but UW-Madison had the 53rd highest percentage of international students among national universities.

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