New Rankings Put U-M No. 14 in World

New Rankings Put U-M No. 14 in World

Research and reputation. The U.S. News and World Report used 10 indicators to measure these two factors in ranking the world’s top 500 universities

President Schlissel has consistently stressed the importance of U-M as a research institution. In his inaugural speech, Schlissel said “Our ambition is to become the model public research university. And our mission always will be to improve the world through research and education — to build a better place for our children and grandchildren.”

Michigan is well on its way to achieving that mission. U.S. News ranked U-M No. 14 in the world, tied with the University of Toronto and the University of Washington. 

The only U.S. public universities ranked above Michigan are the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Los Angeles.

The Top College Majors

What are the most popular college majors? This list, compiled with data from College Factual, ranks the most popular fields of study and provides salary information as well.

10.) History
9.) English Language and Literature
8.) Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
7.) Accounting
6.) Criminal Justice
5.) Teacher Education
4.) General Biology
3.) Nursing
2.) General Psychology
1.) Business Administration

So what major nets you the highest starting salary? Nursing—with an average of $53,300. The University of Michigan School of Nursing is ranked No. 6 in the country.

The lowest starting salary goes to Education, with entry-level positions hovering around $33,800. Michigan’s School of Education cracks the national top 10 at No. 8, so perhaps Wolverine educators can look forward to a bit more in their paycheck. 

Did your major make the list? How do you feel about your degree’s outlook?

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