UW-La Crosse ranked as top regional school in UW System

UW-L ranked best regional school in UW System, fourth-best in Midwest

For the 14th year in a row, UW-La Crosse is ranked as one of the top universities in the region.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 America’s Best Colleges list ranks UW-La Crosse as the best regional university in the UW system, and the #4 public regional university in the Midwest.

Only Truman State University (Missouri), the University of Northern Iowa and Grand Valley State University (Michigan) ranked higher than UW-L on this year’s list. La Crosse shares the #4 spot with Eastern Illinois University.

“It is nice to have an external agency saying what you’re doing on your campus is very successful and very highly-regarded,” said UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow. “This U.S. News ranking is a great tradition we’ve had for these 14 years, and to be the top-ranked public comprehensive university in Wisconsin is a great honor for us.”

Three other UW System schools were included in the top 15 of the Top Public Regional Universities list, with UW-Eau Claire ranking 6th, UW-Whitewater ranking 12th and UW-Stevens Point ranking 13th. Another local public university — Winona State — also made the top 20, ranking 16th.

When rankings are expanded to include private schools, local universities still rank highly. UW-La Crosse is tied for 31st overall, while Winona State ranks 61st. Viterbo (tied for 109th) and St. Mary’s (tied for 181st) also made the top 200 overall.

UW-Madison was not included in the regional rankings because the U.S. News & World Report considers it a national university, ranking it 13th on their Top 30 Public National Universities list.

Gow credits UW-L’s ranking to its focus on serving students.

“I think why we’re ranked so highly is we have faculty and staff who are very student-centered,” said Gow. “That draws students who are excited about learning, and we have students who have good academic records, they graduate on time and those are the kinds of things U.S. News uses as measures of your quality.”

While Gow says rankings aren’t everything, he does think students appreciate the recognition.

“I think that the students like to see that the university is highly regarded, and that does draw better students each year,” said Gow.

Last year, UW-La Crosse ranked third on the regional list.

For a full list of the U.S. News & World Report rankings, you can visit their website.