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UW-Madison ranks highly throughout the year

March 4, 2019 By Käri Knutson
Photo: Aerial view of UW and VA hospitals

UW Hospital and Clinics (center) and the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital (right). Photo: Bryce Richter

From February through June, we will be highlighting the ways that UW–Madison changes lives for the better throughout the state of Wisconsin. March’s theme is Affordability and Excellence. Watch for more at #UWChangesLives on social media. And here’s how you can help.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ranks among the top universities in the nation in a variety of areas, including educational quality, reputation, affordability and access.

Here’s a look at some of those rankings from 2018-19:

U.S. News & World Report’s latest college rankings. Tied for 15th among public institutions. Overall, UW–Madison ranks 49th in a four-way tie. The rankings include more than 301 national doctoral universities and are included in the 2019 edition of America’s Best Colleges. U.S. News gathers data from and about each school in undergraduate academic reputation, student excellence, faculty resources, financial resources, alumni giving, graduation and retention rates, graduate rate performances, and social mobility. Each indicator is assigned a weight based on U.S. News’ judgments about which measures of quality matter most.

UW-Madison was ranked as the 23rd “Best College for Veterans” in a three-way tie. Institutions included on 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 service members in the 2017-18 academic year, and must be ranked in the top half of the institution’s overall U.S. News ranking category.

Washington Monthly: Ranked 22nd overall, up from 26th last year. Rankings are based on three criteria: research, social mobility, and community and national service.

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education: 66th, up from 71st last year. Rankings are based on 15 key indicators that assess colleges in four areas: outcomes, resources, engagement and environment.

Academic Ranking of World Universities: For the third year in a row, 28th in the world, 21st nationally. Rankings are based on alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, highly cited researchers, the number of articles published in Nature and Science, articles indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance based on the size of an institution.

Money Magazine’s Best Colleges for Your Money: 48th overall and 30th among public universities. Money reviewed 727 schools based on 26 factors in three categories: quality of education, affordability and outcomes.

Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings: 33rd, compiled from a globally representative survey of more than 10,000 senior academics.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings: Ranked 43rd worldwide for the second year in a row and for the third year in a row, the university ranked 23rd within the United States, out of 172 institutions. Times Higher Ed ranked 1,258 institutions worldwide. It judges research-intensive universities in five categories: teaching (the learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), citations (research influence), international outlook (staff, students and research) and industry income (knowledge transfer).

Forbes Top Colleges: 17th public, 75th overall, using information about alumni salaries, debt after graduation, retention and graduation rates, debt load upon graduation, and signs of individual success including academic and career accolades.

Forbes Best Value Colleges: 37th public, 73rd overall, scored on net price, net debt, alumni earnings, timely graduation, school quality and access for low-income students.

Center for World University Rankings: 27th worldwide, 21st nationally. Rankings by category include: quality publications, 26th; citations, 15th; influence, 30th; research output, 32nd; alumni employment, 79th; quality of education, 65th; and quality of faculty, 32nd.

Open Doors Report: Ranked 2nd for semester-long study abroad participation among all U.S. institutions, and 16th among all U.S. universities and colleges for total students studying abroad, according to the 2018 Open Doors Report. The Open Doors Report, which is released each year at the start of International Education Week, is published by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The number of UW–Madison students studying abroad increased to 2,276 for the 2016-2017 academic year. In 2015–2016, 2,244 students studied abroad. Semester- and year-long programs continue to be popular among UW–Madison study abroad participants, with 56 percent choosing programs of this duration.

Princeton Review: Included as one of 200 included in the 2019 edition of “The Best Value Colleges: 200 Schools with Exceptional ROI for Your Tuition Investment.” Only 7 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges made it into this book. Schools that made the list offer stellar academics at an affordable cost with strong career prospects for graduates, The Princeton Review says. The 200 schools were chosen based on a comprehensive analysis of data from a survey of administrators at more than 650 colleges in 2017-18. Survey topics broadly covered academics, cost, financial aid, career services, graduation rates, student debt, and alumni support.