MADISON—University of Wisconsin System campuses scored high in the rankings included in the “2004 America’s Best Colleges” guidebook, published by U.S. News and World Report.

Five UW System campuses are listed among the top 10 best Midwestern master’s level public universities, including UW-Eau Claire and UW-La Crosse, which are tied for third; UW-Stevens Point, ranked sixth; and UW-Green Bay and UW-Whitewater, tied for 10th.

Among all master’s level Midwestern universities, UW-Eau Claire and UW-La Crosse are tied for the 26th best, while UW-Stevens Point is ranked 30th.

The system’s flagship campus, UW-Madison, is ranked 7th on the guidebook’s list of the best public doctoral universities and 32nd among all national universities.

Other rankings show that UW-Platteville is tied for the fifth-best industrial/manufacturing engineering specialty among all master’s level universities nationwide. The Platteville campus ranks 33rd best nationally for engineering programs at non-doctoral universities.

“These rankings reaffirm the exceptional quality of Wisconsin’s public system of higher education and its campuses,” said Linda Weimer, UW System vice president for university relations. “They also underscore why public investment in the UW System is so critical and so worthwhile.”

Under “Programs to Look For,” the guidebook notes the undergraduate research/creative projects programs at UW-Eau Claire and UW-Madison. The first-year experience, learning communities and study abroad programs at UW-Madison are also highlighted.

U.S. News and World Report weighed campuses using several criteria: peer assessment of academic reputation, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. Graduation rates were included for national universities and liberal arts colleges.

More detailed rankings are available at the U.S. News and World Report website.

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