WMU lauded as a top university in third recent national news ranking

Contact: Cheryl Roland

Photo of WMU's Sangren Hall.KALAMAZOO, Mich.—For the third time in the past six weeks, a national news organization has lauded Western Michigan University as one of the country's top national universities.

U.S. News & World Report released its 2018 college rankings Sept. 12 and once again listed WMU among the top tier of the country's "best national universities." This is the 27th year WMU has been ranked on the top national universities list that this year includes 311 institutions—190 public, 114 private and seven for-profit.

In a separate listing of top undergraduate business programs in the magazine's online college guide, WMU's Haworth College of Business made the publication's list of the nation's "best business programs," joining just two other Michigan business schools—the University of Michigan's Ross Business School and Michigan State's Broad School of Business—to earn that recognition.

The U.S. News listing comes just weeks after two other major news organizations offered similar assessments of WMU. On July 30, Business Insider named WMU the most affordable, highly ranked university in Michigan. In August, Washington Monthly magazine named WMU a top-100 national university for its emphasis on social mobility, research and public service.

The overall U.S. News rankings are based on 15 criteria that include academic reputation, retention rates, student-faculty ratios, class size, faculty resources, student test scores and alumni giving. Other Michigan public universities on the list of top-tier schools this year include the University of Michigan as well as Michigan State, Michigan Technological, Central Michigan and Wayne State universities.

The list of best business programs is based on a national survey of business school deans and senior faculty asking for their assessment of business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

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