STEVENS POINT — The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is again ranked among the Top 10 public universities in the Midwest, according to U.S. News and World Report.

The magazine’s 2020 rankings place UW-Stevens Point as 10th among 34 regional public universities in the 12 states in its Midwest region. Last year UW-Stevens Point tied for 12th. The university was recognized for its strong graduation rate, low student-to-faculty ratio and a solid reputation among peer institutions, according to a UWSP news release.

UW-Stevens Point’s four-year graduation rate improved by 10 percentage points over four years.

“We are proud of our improved ranking this year,” said Chancellor Bernie Patterson in the release. “It is a reflection of the many new initiatives we have introduced in recent years aimed at helping students graduate on time. Our faculty and staff are vested in the success of every student.”

The U.S. News and World Report rankings take 15 measures of academic quality into consideration. The rankings cited UW-Stevens Point’s low 18-to-1 student-faculty ratio and the high proportion of full-time Ph.D. faculty who teach courses. UW-Stevens Point’s percentage of small class sizes and the ACT/SAT scores of its students were also factors contributing to the improved ranking.

To view the 2020 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, visit

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