|Tech among Four Michigan
Schools Named Top National Universities
by Marcia Goodrich, senior writer
Michigan Tech joins three other Michigan schools
ranked among the top universities in the nation in US
News & World Report's 2012 edition of "Best Colleges."
In addition to Michigan Tech, Michigan State
University, the University of Michigan and Western
Michigan University were all included in US News' list
of the nation's top national universities. Now ranked
115, Michigan Tech continues its climb on the list, a
spot it shares with Washington State University, Howard
University in Washington, DC, and the University of St.
Thomas in Minnesota.
"We can't infer too much from a small change in our
ranking, but it is going in the right direction, from
121 in 2010, to 117 in 2011, to 115 today," said Max
Seel, provost and vice president for academic affairs.
"We are making progress toward our goal of becoming a
premier technological research university." Among the
nation's public universities, Michigan Tech was ranked
57, the same as in 2011.
Also, Michigan Tech joins Michigan State and the
University of Michigan on the "Best Colleges" list of
top US engineering schools whose highest degree is a
doctorate. Tech was ranked 66, up from 74 in 2011.
"We're in very good company," said Dean Tim Schulz
(COE). "It's gratifying to be recognized by our peers as
one of the leading engineering programs, both within
Michigan and nationwide."
In addition, Tech was included among the "A-Plus
Schools for B Students," a category comprising
top-quality universities that also admit a significant
proportion of students with ACT scores between 20 and
30. "This speaks to the attention our undergraduate
students are receiving," said Seel. "It highlights the
level and quality of our education and is an important
indicator of student satisfaction."
Rankings don't tell the whole story, he added. "While
we appreciate the recognition from US News, we know that
the best measure of our success is the success of our
graduates," Seel said. "Employers recognize the value of
a Tech education. We already have 225 companies signed
up to recruit our students during the upcoming fall
Career Fair, up from 160 a year ago, so we can expect to
surpass last year's placement rate of 87.5 percent."