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W&M moves up in U.S. News, ranks in top 10 for public universities

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    Recent rankings:  Since the spring, William & Mary has appeared in numerous other rankings, some looking at the overall quality of institutions and others focused on specific features.  Photo by Jim Agnew
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University remains No. 1 for alumni giving among public institutions; top 10 for undergraduate teaching

William & Mary moved up in the latest national and public university rankings by U.S. News & World Report and maintains a higher alumni giving rate than any other public national university, according to a report released today. 

In the 2022 edition of its “Best Colleges” publication, U.S. News ranked William & Mary 10th (tied) among the nation’s public universities, up one spot from a year ago. Additionally, W&M is ranked ninth for undergraduate teaching and with a two-year average of 23%, the university is once again the top public university for alumni giving and 22nd among all national universities.

Overall, W&M ranked 38th (tied) among national universities, both public and private, up one spot from 39th last year. In addition, William & Mary appears on some of the report’s focused rankings, including undergraduate teaching (ninth), colleges for veterans (tied at 16th), first-year experience programs (tied at 44th), undergraduate business (tied at 49th), undergraduate computer science (tied at 71st) and best value schools (131st among national universities).

According to U.S. News, the rankings are based on an assessment of 1,466 bachelor’s degree-granting institutions using 17 measures of academic quality. The data for the 2022 edition was collected from colleges and universities in the spring and early summer of 2021.

Since the spring, William & Mary has appeared in numerous other rankings, some looking at the overall quality of institutions and others focused on specific features.

The Princeton Review recently put out its own report on the best colleges and universities in the nation. William & Mary is included in its unranked list of the top 387 institutions, and the university also appears on several of its “Great Lists.” New this year, those unranked lists honor schools “with a distinctive history” of appearing on 26 of The Princeton Review’s ranking lists. William & Mary is included on the “Great Lists” for race and class interaction, quality of life and college libraries.

While The Princeton Review usually issues top-20 ranking lists in 62 categories, they decided against it this year since many students studied remotely over the last year and The Princeton Review was unable to survey them about their on-campus experiences. In April, however, The Princeton Review ranked W&M No. 1 among public schools for internship programs and No. 1 for making an impact, among other rankings.

Washington Monthly also recently released rankings of the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities, taking into account three equally-weighted factors: social mobility, research and community and national service. Overall, William & Mary ranked 35th. The university also ranked 18th for service, 46th for social mobility and 88th for research.

A Scholarly Impact of Law School Faculties study released in August showed that W&M law faculty members are once again among the most-cited in the country. Up one spot from the last study in 2018, W&M was listed at 27th in the study, which ranks law schools based on the citation counts of their faculties.