The University of Michigan-Flint, for the fifth year in a row, has earned a spot among Master's Universities in "America's Best Colleges" by U.S.News & World Report in the 2008 edition, the nation's leading source of service journalism and news. The exclusive rankings will be published in the magazine's August 27 issue, on newsstands Monday, August 20.
The annual rankings – in which U.S. News groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching – provide an unmatched resource for parents and students contemplating one of life's most challenging financial decisions.
"For nearly a quarter century, consulting the U.S.News & World Report rankings has been a vital first step for prospective college students and their parents in the complex process of determining which institution best fits their goals," said U.S.News & World Report's editor, Brian Kelly. "Designed as a one-stop resource, the rankings supply hard data and analysis to help college applicants make apples-to-apples comparisons of schools across the country."
"We are proud of the educational quality of our academic programs," said UM-Flint Acting Provost Vahid Lotfi. "Our students become leaders in their fields, in their professions, and in their communities. Although we are pleased to be recognized along with other fine universities in the U.S. News list, our greatest pride comes from the success of our students."
Using a proprietary methodology, the annual U.S.News & World Report rankings represent the most comprehensive look at how schools stack up based on a set of 15 widely accepted indicators of excellence, and help consumers evaluate and compare data compiled from more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools.
In 2007, the University of Michigan-Flint celebrated its 50th anniversary. Undergrad and graduate enrollment totals 6,500. The UM-Flint campus sits on 67 acres along the Flint River in the downtown area.
In October 2006, the Board of Regents approved a housing-facility project for the Flint campus. The 310 bed residential hall will be located on 5.25 acres on the southern edge of the campus. A groundbreaking for the new facility was held in July 2007. This new component is expected to stimulate campus life as well as contribute to the redevelopment of downtown Flint. Campus housing will open in fall 2008.