The University of Michigan on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. Jack Zellweger | The Ann Arbor News
June 12, 2020: Marin Slagter, MLive
ANN ARBOR, MI – The University of Michigan is once again the leader and best among U.S. public universities, according to the QS World University Rankings for 2020-21.
This marks the fifth-consecutive year UM has topped the QS rankings, maintaining its No. 21 overall ranking among higher education institutions worldwide.
The QS World University Rankings, launched in 2004, are based on academic reputation (40%), employer reputation (10%), student-faculty ratio (20%), citations per faculty (20%), proportion of international faculty (5%) and proportion of international students (5%).
“Michigan has been lauded for having high standards of research, and the university’s comprehensive graduate program offers doctoral degrees in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields as well as professional degrees in architecture, business, medicine, law, pharmacy, nursing, social work, public health, and dentistry,” the description of the university on the rankings released Wednesday, June 10 reads.
“Michigan’s body of living alumni comprises more than a half million people, which is one of the largest alumni bases of any university in the world and a valuable resource for current students when it comes to networking and building industry connections.”
UM was one of just two U.S. public universities to make the top 30 in the rankings, with the University of California Berkeley coming in at No. 30.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology topped the rankings overall, while Stanford University, Harvard University, California Institute of Technology and the University of Oxford rounded out the top five. All are private schools.
Earlier this year, UM was rated the No. 3 public university in the country in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings, coming in at No. 25 overall.