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Wall Street Journal’s 2018 Times Higher Education Ranks Detroit Mercy in Top 200 of Nation

September 28, 2017
Detroit Mercy students in front of the Library

The Wall Street Journal’s 2018 Times Higher Education college rankings were released Sept. 26 and Detroit Mercy ranked 188 out of 1,054 universities in the U.S. Last year Detroit Mercy ranked 270 in the rankings.

The WSJ/THE College Rankings, now in its second year, has earned critical acclaim for its pioneering new approach to ranking U.S. colleges and universities that puts student success and learning at the heart of rankings. These rankings provide students and institutions with access to a comprehensive list of more than 1,000 institutions evaluated on their educational impact and the lifetime benefit to students.

“This year’s ranking in The Wall Street Journal’s 2018 Times Higher Education reaffirms the quality of our exceptional students, the curricula and academic support provided by faculty and staff and our student-to-faculty ratio,” said Dr. Antoine M. Garibaldi, president of the university. “Those important factors have contributed to our high retention and graduation rates, more new students for the third consecutive year, and increasing numbers of applicants who have likely been attracted also by these reputational, data-based and survey rankings" he added.

Unlike the THE World University Rankings, which focus on universities’ research performance, the U.S. table measures institutions’ student engagement, student outcomes and learning environments. The US ranking includes the results of the THE U.S. Student Survey, which collected the views of more than 200,000 current university students in 2016 and 2017 to find out about their engagement with their studies, their interaction with their teachers and their satisfaction with their experience.  It also uses the THE Academic Reputation Survey to determine which institutions have the best reputation for excellence in teaching. A full analysis of the results of the WSJ/THE U.S. College Rankings will be published in THE on October 19.

Earlier in September, University of Detroit Mercy was listed in the top tier of Midwest Best Regional Universities in the 2018 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges." Detroit Mercy ranked #19 for Midwest Best Regional Universities and is the only university in Michigan to be listed in the top 25. In addition, the university earned a #12 rank for Best Colleges for Veterans in the Midwest Region.

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