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The University of Michigan’s place in multiple rankings this year remained unchanged, with a few individual programs making advances. 

As in 2016, University placed as the fourth-best public university in this year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings released Tuesday, and 28th in the country overall, down one spot from last year. The ratings use quantitative and qualitative factors to generate scores, compiling 15 different elements such as alumni giving rates, faculty resources and admissions selectivity.

U.S. News also ranked the University’s business and engineering schools within the top 10 of undergraduate programs.

The Ross School of Business’s undergraduate program moved into a tie for third in the nation, up one point from last year. Ross is also among the top five schools in accounting, finance, management, marketing and production/operation management. 

The College of Engineering, meanwhile, tied for sixth in undergraduate programs, also up one position from last year. Its aerospace, environmental, industrial/manufacturing, materials, electrical and mechanical programs are ranked in the top five national programs.

Earlier this year, the University placed as the number one public university in the nation, and ranked 21st overall in the QS World Rankings, moving up two spots from 23rd last year. QS considers university performance in areas including employability, research and teaching. The rankings are determined by six major factors: employer reputation, academic reputation, research citations per faculty, international faculty rating, international student ratio and student-to-faculty ratio.

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