As students and colleges across the nation grapple with the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, U.S. News & World Report on Monday remained steadfast with the release of its 2021 edition of Best U.S. Colleges, a list that includes several schools in Michigan.
Despite how the pandemic has forced current and potential students to alter college plans, U.S. News said in a news release that it must “continue providing students and their families with the tools they need to help find the right school for them.”
To rank colleges, U.S. News first placed each school into a category based on its mission and, in some cases, its geographical location in the United States. U.S. News then evaluated more than 1,400 colleges and universities on 17 indicators of academic quality. The colleges are ranked based on their overall scores.
The data used for this year’s rankings was gathered in spring and early summer 2020; however, the publication noted that the pandemic did not affect the numbers.
This year’s edition also includes several methodology updates. The new measures look at timely topics such as student debt, social mobility and test-blind admissions policies. U.S. News also added new weights and indicators to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and added a new ranking for computer science programs.
See more detailed methodologies and frequently asked questions about the rankings.
These Michigan colleges and universities were included in this year’s rankings:
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor. Ranked No. 24.
Michigan State University, East Lansing. Ranked No. 80.
Michigan Technological University, Houghton. Ranked No. 153.
University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit. Ranked No. 187.
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant. Ranked No. 249.
Wayne State University, Detroit. Ranked No. 249.
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. Ranked No. 258.
Andrews University, Berrien Springs. Ranked No. 298-389.
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti. Ranked No. 298-389.
Ferris State University, Big Rapids. Ranked No. 298-389.
Oakland University, Rochester. Ranked No. 298-389.
University of Michigan-Flint, Flint. Ranked No. 298-389.
National Liberal Arts Colleges
Hillsdale College, Hillsdale. Ranked No. 54.
Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo. Ranked No. 67.
Hope College, Holland. Ranked No. 112.
Albion College, Albion. Ranked No. 130.
Aquinas College, Grand Rapids. Ranked No. 171-221.
Calvin University, Grand Rapids. Ranked No. 3.
Kettering University, Flint. Ranked No. 9.
Grand Valley State University, Allendale. Ranked No. 28.
University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn. Ranked No. 31.
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield. Ranked No. 37.
Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor. Ranked No. 51.
Madonna University, Livonia. Ranked No. 60.
Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids. Ranked No. 76.
Northern Michigan University, Marquette. Ranked No. 76.
Davenport University, Grand Rapids. Ranked No. 91.
Siena Heights University, Adrian. Ranked No. 91.
Baker College of Flint, Flint. Ranked No. 119-156.
Saginaw Valley State University, University Center. Ranked No. 119-156.
Alma College, Alma. Ranked No. 10.
Adrian College, Adrian. Ranked No. 17.
Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie. Ranked No. 46.
Olivet College, Olivet. Ranked No. 46.
Rochester University, Rochester Hills. Ranked No. 54.
Kuyper College, Grand Rapids. Ranked No. 56.
Finlandia University, Hancock. Ranked No. 58-76.
For Top Public Schools, the University of California - Los Angeles is No. 1 among National Universities. The United States Naval Academy ranks No. 1 for Top Public Schools among National Liberal Arts Colleges.
See all of 2021’s Best U.S. Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.