University named top public college in international ranking

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 6:44pm

The University of Michigan is the world’s number one public college, according to a recent report. 

Last year, the University ranked 30th on the QS World University Rankings, behind the public University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, Los Angeles.

The ranking, determined by global education company Quacquarelli Symonds, included top public and private institutions from North America, Europe and Asia.

The University ranked 23rd overall among both public and private colleges. It followed several Ivy League institutions and elite universities from China, Australia, Switzerland, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

The list ranked more than 700 universities, using a system analyzing academic quality, student-to-faculty ratio, employer reputation, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio and international student ratio. Some categories impacted the rankings more than others, with academics being most influential quality.

The University has improved its ranking on this list from the 2015-2016 year in which it placed 30th. This year, it is the only public university to rank in the top 25. In the past five years, the University has ranked in the top 25 four times.

The University has also steadily improved in national and international rankings lists from other publications. In July 2016, the University jumped 16 spots in Money Magazine’s list of best value universities to the number two spot. However, the University’s standing has fallen slightly in U.S. News rankings in the past few years. Currently it ranks the University at 29th, but was ranked 26th in 2009 and 24th in 2006.