The Fine Print

Ranked #1 in Michigan for earnings among graduates from all backgrounds.

Washington Monthly has determined that Western is the best public university in Michigan for graduate success based on 10 years of earnings following enrollment. Western ranks #1 in graduate earnings and #2 in graduation rates as measured among students across all socioeconomic backgrounds. Western offers more students the greatest opportunity to prosper.

The ranking is based on the difference between actual and predicted earnings of all students ten years after starting college, after controlling for student demographics and majors, living costs, and other factors. You can read the full report here.

A separate study concluded that, ten years after enrolling, the average income of former Western students who are working and no longer in school is 43% higher than the national median. (Sources: U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard / Department of Treasury).

Ranked #1 in Michigan for social mobility.

In 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked Western a Top Performer for social mobility. Western is more successful than any other university in Michigan at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of students who have received Pell Grants. This ranking places Western in the top 100 of both private and public universities in the nation, and in the top 50 of all public universities in the nation. At Western, it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish.

The ranking methodology included, among other factors, graduation rates for Pell Grant recipients and comparison of graduation rates between Pell Grant recipients with non-Pell Grant students. You can read more about the ranking here.