The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse continues to earn high marks.

U.S. News and World Report's annual college rankings place UW-L fourth among Midwest public universities the ranking classifies as regional campuses with a score of 62 out of 100. This is the highest ranking in the UW System outside of the flagship Madison campus, which ranked 12th in the national public university category with a score of 64.

Truman State University in Missouri remained on top. The University of Northern Iowa was second, followed by Grand Valley State University in Michigan at No. 3.

“We're thrilled to once again be the No. 1 comprehensive university in the UW System and No. 4 among regional universities in the Midwest,” UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow said. “It is reassuring to receive such high marks from reputable external recognition. It validates the outstanding work being done each day by our faculty, staff and students. We're very proud of these accolades."

Among all private and public Midwestern universities, UW-L was No. 33, with Viterbo University ranked 115 with a score of 42 out of 100. The regional category includes institutions providing a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs.

It’s the 17th year in a row that UW-L was top-ranked in the UW System and among the top four in the Midwest. UW-L is also earned recognition for being an  “A-Plus Schools for B Students,” which identifies campuses that work to accept students of varied academic abilities and values hard work.

The rankings are a thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited, four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

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Nathan Hansen has been the Education Reporter for the Tribune since 2014. Prior to that, he covered education, agriculture and business topics for the Winona Daily News. He is always on the lookout for news tips and can be contacted at 608-791-8234.

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