This just in. The University of Wisconsin-Madison has moved up one spot from last year in U.S. News and World Report’s 2009 edition of America’s Best Colleges. We’re now ranked the 7th public university in the nation (behind only UC-Berkeley, University of Virginia, UCLA, Michigan, North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and UC-San Diego). In terms of top school/college rankings, Business is tied for 13th, and Engineering was also ranked 13th overall. In the category “programs to look for,” which features administrator-nominated student-service programs, UW was mentioned most for its undergraduate research/creative projects, learning communities and study abroad. The issue is on newsstands today.
Although I think the rankings and their methodology are a load of crap, and compiled each year solely for the purpose of selling magazines, as an Admission representative, I know just how important they are to prospective students and parents. I’m also a proud alum, and happy to see that both of my alma maters are in the top seven!