Posted 1:01 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, 2020

UWL remains Wisconsin’s top-ranked public university among its peers according to U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges listing for 2021.

U.S. News & World Report: UWL tops among UW System peers

UW-La Crosse remains Wisconsin’s top-ranked public university among its peers according to U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges listing.

It’s the 20th year in a row that UWL has remained the state’s top-ranked comprehensive campus in the UW System.

The popular magazine also puts UWL in a tie with the University of Nebraska-Kearney for the No. 6 public university. The regional category includes institutions providing a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs.

U.S. News also named UWL to the list of  “Top Performers on Social Mobility,” a category identifying how schools assisted students with Pell Grants through college to graduation.

“We’re fortunate to continue to rank high in these prestigious rankings,” says Chancellor Joe Gow. “Our reputation remains strong among our comparable universities. UWL faculty, staff and students do great things each day and it’s wonderful to see that being acknowledged by U.S. News & World Report.”

Director of UWL Admissions Corey Sjoquist concurs that the ranking confirms the university’s many outstanding opportunities, along with the first-class talents of students, faculty and staff.

“The U.S. News awareness draws attention throughout the state and even internationally,” Sjoquist notes. ”Our high rankings put UWL on the radar of many prospective students, especially at this time when students are already applying to UWL for next year.”

The rankings are a thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited, four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. Complete listings are available at www.usnews.com/colleges.