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Magazine honors UW-Stout with 'top' Midwest ranking

September 10, 2013

The University of Wisconsin-Stout is one of the top public universities in the Midwest, according to a national magazine.

U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges logoUW-Stout was included in the Top 15 list of public regional universities in the Midwest in rankings released Tuesday, ranking 15th, as part of U.S. News & World Report magazine's annual Best Colleges report.

UW-Stout has climbed consistently in the rankings in recent years. The rankings are based on peer assessments, freshman-to-sophomore retention rates, graduation rates, class sizes, student-faculty ratios, ACT test scores and graduation rank of incoming freshmen, applicants' acceptance rate and alumni giving.

Joseph Bessie, UW-Stout provost and vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, released the following statement concerning the rankings: "UW-Stout has made consistent progress in these rankings, Joseph Bessiewhich is a testament to the quality and hard work of our faculty and staff, as well as our student body.

"But the rankings do not measure the one outcome of a UW-Stout education that sets us apart: the consistent and measureable success our students have in the workplace after they receive their degrees. The employment rate for our graduates has been at or above 97 percent for more than a decade. We believe that the workplace success for our students is the true measure of the value of a UW-Stout education, which includes our career-focused undergraduate majors, an emphasis on co-ops and internships and our applied learning approach in the classroom.

"UW-Stout also offers a great faculty-student ratio, small class sizes and abundant and modern laboratories, which allow our students to receive the one-on-one attention they need from our faculty and staff."

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