In the latest issue of U.S News and World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings, the University of Miami ranked no. 49, marking the first time since 2017 that UM has crossed the top-50 threshold. Sharing the rank with Lehigh University, Northeastern University and Pepperdine University, UM moved up eight spots from its 2019 rank. The ranking increase comes after a three-year negative trend for UM in the rankings.

“When you think about the thousands of universities in which students go to after high school, to be in the top 50, even the top 100 for that matter, is really rarified air,” said Jeffrey Duerk, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at UM. “It exemplifies the remarkable achievement of a university that is 95, 96 years old to go from nothing to a reputable institution.”

Every year, U.S News and World Report utilizes an algorithm that considers various aspects of a university’s success to determine how and where colleges should be placed on the annual rankings. The algorithm includes several primary categories that are divided into subcategories, and they each hold their own weight in the determination of a college’s overall rank.

Graphic by James Coccaro

Graphic by James Coccaro

The “Outcomes” category—which encompasses student social mobility, graduation retention rates and graduation rate performance —occupies 35 percent of the weight
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