Most Michigan schools stayed stable, landing around the same spot on the lists they have for the last couple of years.
The rankings are among the most-watched rankings every year by colleges, which use them to market themselves. Parents and students use the rankings, found here, to conduct research on schools.
The rankings changed this year, with more weight given to student outcomes, including graduation.
"A university is not successful if it does not graduate its students, which is why the Best Colleges rankings place the greatest value on outcomes, including graduation and retention rates,” said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News. “By including social mobility indicators, U.S. News is further recognizing colleges that serve all of their students, regardless of economic status.”
Here's the list of the top three national universities and where Michigan schools' rank:
3: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
3: University of Chicago
27 (tie): University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
85 (tie): Michigan State University
126 (tie): Michigan Technological University
205 (tie): Central Michigan University
205 (tie): Wayne State University
205 (tie): Western Michigan University
Here's where Michigan universities land on the list of Best Value institutions among national universities:
47. University of Michigan
121: Michigan Technological University
144: Michigan State University
Here's where Michigan universities land on the list of Best Value institutions among regional universities in the Midwest:
11: Aquinas College
14: Grand Valley State University
32: Spring Arbor University
35: University of Detroit Mercy
45: Madonna University