News Release

Twin Cities’ top-25 status, Duluth’s continued rise highlight U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings

Aerial view of the U of M Duluth campus with Lake Superior in the background
University of Minnesota Duluth campus

The University of Minnesota was again recognized among the top public schools in the country for undergraduate education in a number of categories, according to U.S. News and World Report’s latest rankings. 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.

Crookston and Morris successfully maintained their respective rankings among the top 10 in their peer groups. Crookston ranked as No. 3 among Public Regional Colleges (Midwest) and No. 32 among all Regional Colleges (Midwest), private or public. Morris remained ranked No. 8 in Top Public Schools - National Liberal Arts Colleges for the second consecutive year.

The Twin Cities campus was named the No. 23 public university in the United States, maintaining its standing in the top 25, which is a stated measure of success in the University’s student-focused systemwide strategic plan, MPact 2025. Among all 435 institutions (public and private) considered for the National Universities category, the U of M Twin Cities climbed nine spots to be ranked No. 53 nationally, placing the campus among the top 13 percent of all ranked universities. The University’s excellence in study abroad (No. 22) and the experience it provides military veteran students (No. 30) were also highlighted.

Additionally, a collection of specific Twin Cities programs were honored among the nation’s best in their respective academic disciplines as well. These included undergraduate programs in chemical engineering (No. 11), Nursing (No. 16), Business (No. 21), Engineering - Doctorate (No. 25), Economics (No. 26), Psychology (No. 27), and Computer Science (No. 33).

The University’s Rochester campus is accredited with the Twin Cities campus. As a result, its information is included in the Twin Cities ranking.

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

Media Contacts

Christopher Kelly

University Public Relations