UMD's continued rise highlights U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings

The U.S. News and World Report ranks the University of Minnesota again among the top public schools in the country for undergraduate education in a number of categories.

Already positioned as one of America’s leading research universities and a global leader in many similar rankings, these latest accolades reinforce the U of M’s excellence in educating students and preparing them for future careers throughout Minnesota and around the globe.

“It’s wonderful to see these recognitions from U.S. News and World Report. As a University, we recently welcomed an enthusiastic new class of students across all five of our campuses, and these results reaffirm that all students at the U of M are receiving a nationally acclaimed education,” said Interim President Jeff Ettinger. “One of the rewarding parts of leading the University has been getting to know faculty and staff throughout our system, and I couldn’t be more proud of their collective efforts to provide the education that prepares our graduates to be the innovators and leaders of the future.”

Each U of M campus was recognized as a leader in its category.

No campus rose in the rankings more than Duluth, which climbed 12 spots in the Regional Universities (Midwest) rankings, taking the No. 21 overall spot and No. 4 among public schools. This success comes one year after Duluth ascended eight spots in the overall rankings, meaning UMD has leapfrogged 20 institutions in the past two years to claim its current spot.

The U.S. News and World Report results reflect a wide variety of criteria, including graduation rates, student debt, faculty resources and expert opinion.