Miami University ranked a top 50 national public university

Written by Claire Wagner, university news and communications

In the just-released U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges 2020” guidebook, Miami University is ranked in the top 50 of best national public universities, moving up three slots to No. 39.

Among public and private universities and colleges combined, Miami is in the top 100, up five spots to number 91. There are 399 universities on the list.

In a special list, Miami is in the top 5 of national institutions recognized for “unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.” This is the 10th year that Miami has been recognized by U.S. News for its faculty commitment to teaching. Miami is No. 3 among public universities and No. 8 including private schools.

U.S. News also places Miami in the top 10 for undergraduate engineering among U.S. public universities without a doctorate program, placing Miami at No. 8.

Among public national universities, Miami also garnered these accolades:

  • No. 41 in undergraduate business programs.
  • No. 23 in its number of international students.
  • No. 35 for best colleges for veterans.
  • No. 81 for “Best Value Colleges.”

Within Miami's Farmer School of Business, these programs achieved high rankings among public universities:

  • No. 17 in accounting (No. 26 among all universities)
  • No. 15 in entrepreneurship (No. 33 among all universities)
  • No. 19 in marketing (No. 33 among all universities)

U.S. News & World Report also recognized some of the numerous academic and co-curricular programs that support "the Miami Experience" with high rankings among public universities:

  • No. 13 in learning communities (No. 29 among all universities)
  • No. 6 in study abroad (No. 35 among all universities)
  • No. 12 in undergraduate research/creative projects (No. 50 among all universities)

Faculty-student connections

The faculty focus on teaching for which Miami receives annual recognition is marked by numerous faculty-student connections, including these examples:

  • More than 2,800 Miami undergraduates conducted research with faculty in 2018-19.
  • Faculty lead students in many study abroad and study away (elsewhere in the U.S.) programs, with 55% of Miami students studying away or abroad.
  • Faculty and staff advising support the 50% of students who carry a double major or minor.
  • Faculty-developed proposals include class-related professional development activities for students via support from the Center for Career Exploration and Success.

"Our faculty focus on creating best-in-class experiences for our students has become a national story," said President Gregory Crawford. “I'm grateful to our talented faculty whose dedication and care help students to succeed."

Some of U.S. News rankings are based on data, others on reputation. The list of universities with an “unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching” comes from a survey of college presidents, provosts and admissions deans.