Published: Sept. 9, 2015

MSU jumps 10 spots in U.S. News; Supply Chain remains No. 1

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Michigan State University jumped 10 spots in the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges ranking, to No. 75, while MSU’s undergraduate business programs continued to rank among the nation’s best.

In the magazine’s annual ranking, released today, the Broad College of Business undergraduate programs overall came in at No. 22 out of 156 programs. Among specialty business disciplines, MSU’s Supply Chain Management program once again ranked No. 1 in the country.

The news comes on the heels of MSU’s supply chain program being ranked No. 1 in the nation by SCM World, a research organization, in August.

David Closs, chairperson and professor of MSU’s Department of Supply Chain Management, said the latest U.S. News ranking is a result of the department’s strategic focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships with industry and other units across campus.

“We also believe that our leadership in applied research, technology and education makes us unique,” Closs said. “We are pleased that industry continues to recognize the value that MSU adds to the delivery of supply chain excellence.”

The big jump

In the “National Universities” category, MSU improved from No. 85 last year to No. 75 this year, out of 280 public, private and for-profit universities ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Princeton topped the list, followed by Harvard and Yale.

MSU is also one of the “Top 30 Public National Universities,” coming in at No. 29. The University of California, Berkeley was No. 1.

The rankings reflect MSU’s strengths of recruiting and retaining top professors and students, educating future leaders and delivering excellence and opportunity.

Factors included in the U.S. News rankings include a survey of academic officials at other universities; percent of freshmen in top 10 percent of high school class; graduation and retention rates; student-faculty ratio; faculty resources; and alumni giving.

MSU's undergraduate Supply Chain Management program remains No. 1 in the nation, due largely to a strategic focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships with industry and units across campus, said David Closs, chairperson of the Department of Supply Chain Management.

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