University of Maryland Ranked Amongst the Best Public Colleges in the Nation by The Wall Street Journal and U.S. News & World Report for 2020

News Release, University of Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, MD — The University of Maryland kicks off the 2020 academic year by once more ranking among the best public colleges in the nation, according to The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report. The university ranked #17 on WSJ/THE and #24 on U.S. News & World Report. The newly released annual lists recognize the college’s dedication for placing student success and learning, both in the classroom and beyond, at the forefront. 

The university’s rankings highlight performance indicators designed to answer the questions that matter to both students and their families when deciding on a college. The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2020 list used a methodology exploring four key areas including available teaching resources to students and faculty, effective engagement between the campus and its students, college graduation rates and degree value in the workforce and providing a conducive learning environment for all. 

Multiple factors determined the results of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges Ranking, including “Graduation and Retention,” one of the more heavily weighted factors out of the eight variables analyzed. According to U.S. News, only thoroughly vetted academic data from their surveys and third-party experts were used to calculating each variable. The ranking additionally listed the university in the top 40 as a Best College for Veterans and was recognized for its Ethnic Diversity and its Learning Communities. 

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranking used similar analytics along with comprehensive data analyzed via experts. These measures included: THE US Student Survey, US Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid (FSA), Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System by the National Center for Education Statistics (IPEDS), College Scoreboard, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), THE Academic Survey, and Elsevier bibliometric dataset.

More information about each ranking and the methodology used is available. The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2020 list can be found here, while U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2020 ranking is available here.


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