The University of Wisconsin–Madison was ranked 35th out of 437 public and private doctoral institutions, and 12th among public universities in the 2024 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings.

It is UW–Madison’s highest overall U.S. News ranking in the past 15 years, and the fifth year in a row that the university has moved up — advancing 14 places since ranking 49th in 2019.

“We are happy to be consistently rated among the best universities in the country, but as the U.S. News editors themselves will tell you, rankings are only one thing to consider in choosing a college. Each student is unique, and there are many tangible and intangible factors that determine which school is the best fit,” says UW–Madison Chancellor Jennifer L. Mnookin.

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