UW-Madison rises in Washington Monthly ranking of top colleges

August 28, 2017 By Käri Knutson
Photo: Aerial view of central campus

Bascom Hall is pictured in a fisheye-lens aerial view of the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus during an autumn sunset on Oct. 5, 2011. Photo: Jeff Miller

The University of Wisconsin–Madison has once again been named one of the top 30 universities in the country by Washington Monthly magazine, rising to 26th overall from 28th last year.

The ranking appears in Washington Monthly’s annual College Guide and Rankings and is based on three criteria: research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students) and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

UW–Madison ranked fifth in research expenditures, eighth in the number of science and engineering Ph.Ds. awarded, 14th in the number of alumni who go on to serve in the Peace Corps relative to school size, 21st in the number of faculty who are members of the National Academies relative to the number of full-time faculty, and 28th in the number of faculty receiving prestigious awards relative to the number of full-time faculty.

“Instead of assuming that the most expensive schools are also the best, we recognize universities that produce research, train the next generation of scientists and Ph.D.s, and instill their graduates with an ethos of public service,” the magazine writes of its rankings.

To see a full list of the rankings, now in its 12th year, click here.