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U.S. News again ranks UW-Eau Claire among best in Midwest

September 10, 2013

EAU CLAIRE — For the 19th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report magazine has named the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire among the best public regional universities in the Midwest.

The 2014 edition of "America's Best Colleges" ranks UW-Eau Claire No. 5 among the top regional public universities in the Midwest, and 30th among all private and public institutions in the Midwest. Every year since 1995, U.S. News has ranked UW-Eau Claire among the top five public institutions in the Midwest and in the top third of public and private Midwestern regional universities.

"For nearly two decades, U.S. News has recognized through its rankings the high-quality education UW-Eau Claire provides its students," Chancellor James Schmidt said. "I watched this through the years from my vantage point at one of UW-Eau Claire's peer institutions, and now, as chancellor of this outstanding university, I'm proud to be a part of this longstanding tradition of excellence."

The U.S. News rankings reflect the extraordinary talent, creativity and commitment of the people who make up UW-Eau Claire's campus community, Schmidt said.

"During my first months here as chancellor, it's been apparent as I’ve met many UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff that their number one priority is providing the best possible student experience," Schmidt said. "These kinds of rankings are the result of the good work of our faculty and staff, for whom students always come first."

U.S. News & World Report ranks UW-Eau Claire in the "Regional Universities" category. The category's Midwest region includes schools in 12 states stretching from the Dakotas in the west to Missouri in the south and Ohio in the east. Public and private universities included in this category provide undergraduate- and master's-level programs, and typically draw students from surrounding states. These schools focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts, and in fields such as business, nursing and education.

The regional rankings include four geographic areas (North, South, Midwest and West). The rankings reflect how schools compare within their regions on a set of indicators, including peer assessment, graduation and freshman retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

This year, U.S. News also again included UW-Eau Claire on its list of "A-Plus Schools for B Students." Universities in this category are "those where nonsuperstars have a decent shot at being accepted and thriving — where spirit and hard work could make all the difference in admissions offices," according to the U.S. News category description.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings will be available online Sept. 10 at www.usnews.com/colleges. The 2014 "America's Best Colleges" guidebook will be on newsstands later this month.

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