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MILWAUKEE, WI — The University of Wisconsin—Madison is Wisconsin’s highest-ranked national university on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 best colleges list.

A total of six Wisconsin colleges were featured on the national list with the highest-ranking college — UW—Madison — coming in at no. 46, and the lowest-ranking Wisconsin school/schools earning rankings of between 293-381.

The 2020 rankings include the overall best national universities rankings, as well as rankings for the best liberal-arts colleges, the top public schools, the best value schools and more.

For the 2020 rankings, U.S. News made some changes to help prospective students with their college search. A new set of rankings looks at the top performers in social mobility, evaluating which schools best serve underrepresented students. The 2020 methodology also factors in which schools support first-generation college students through graduation.

The following Wisconsin schools were featured on the social mobility rankings:

Among National Universities:

14. Edgewood College

Among Liberal Arts Colleges

22. Ripon College
72. Beloit College
99. St. Norbert College

Among Regional Universities

20. UW-Eau Claire
22. University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
33. Lakeland University
33. Mount Mary University
39. University of Wisconsin–Green Bay

Among Regional Colleges

6. Wisconsin Lutheran College
7. Northland College
8. Maranatha Baptist University

A total of 1,400 colleges are included in the 2020 rankings.The publication says that 90 percent of those reading the best-colleges list are looking for schools outside the top 10. (You can read the full methodology here)

“For more than three decades, we’ve collected and analyzed data on thousands of colleges and
universities across the country and helped put schools on the map,” Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News, said in a news release. “We’ve found the best institutions to be ones committed to academically and financially supporting their students through graduation. They draw in high-quality professors and set students up for postgraduate success.”

Here are the Wisconsin schools that made the national university rankings:

46. University of Wisconsin–Madison
84. Marquette University
202. Edgewood College
281. Concordia University
293-381. Cardinal Stritch University
293-381. University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Here are the Wisconsin schools that made the liberal arts colleges rankings:

58. Lawrence University
82. Beloit College
105. Ripon College
145. St. Norbert College
164.-215. University of Wisconsin–Parkside
164.-215. University of Wisconsin–Superior

Here are the Wisconsin schools that made the top public schools rankings (in no particular order):

University of Wisconsin–Madison
University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin–Whitewater
University of Wisconsin–Stout
University of Wisconsin–River Falls
University of Wisconsin–Green Bay
University of Wisconsin–Platteville

Overall, Princeton University once again stayed in the No.1 spot. Williams College was the top liberal-arts college and the University of California-Los Angeles was the No.1 public school.

Below are the top 5 national universities:

1. Princeton University (NJ)
2. Harvard University (MA)
3. Columbia University (NY) (tie)
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (tie)
3. Yale University (CT) (tie)

Below are the top 3 liberal arts colleges:

1. Williams College (MA)
2. Amherst College (MA)
3. Swarthmore College (PA) (tie)
3. Wellesley College (MA) (tie)

Below are the top 3 public universities:

1. University of California—Los Angeles
2. University of California—Berkeley
3. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor


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