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UW-Stevens Point in top ten of Midwestern public universities

By Portage County Business Council

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is again ranked as one of the best public universities in the Midwest according to the U.S. News and World Report.

The magazine’s 2013 rankings place UW-Stevens Point tenth in the top tier of Midwestern comprehensive public universities. The university was recognized for having high retention rates, one of the highest percentages of full-time faculty in the region and a solid reputation among peer institutions.

“We are pleased UW-Stevens Point continues to be among the best universities in the Midwest,” said Chancellor Bernie Patterson. “While we are proud of our accomplishments, we continually look for ways to increase student success. Looking ahead, we are improving our enrollment management system to give students better access to courses and upgrading the facilities in which those courses are taught.”
These rankings are a good tool for students who are beginning to look at colleges and universities but may not be that familiar with our campus, added Patterson. “If students are looking at the top ranking universities in the Midwest, they should be looking at UW-Stevens Point.”

In addition to providing a high quality academic experience, UW-Stevens Point distinguishes itself in the areas of internationalism and diversity. The university has the highest percentage of graduates who have studied overseas (21 percent) in the University of Wisconsin System. Preliminary figures for this academic year indicate significant gains and record highs for UW-Stevens Point in the number of domestic students of color enrolled at the university.

“Each day we strive to give our students the best possible education at an affordable cost, and that includes an environment rich in diverse cultures and ideas,” said Patterson.

Established in 1894, UW-Stevens Point is located on a 400-acre campus in Central Wisconsin. More than 200 student organizations, a 275-acre nature reserve and world-class arts opportunities attract approximately 9500 students to enroll at the university each year.