LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - For thirteen years running, UW-La Crosse has been recognized as one of the top public comprehensive universities in the Midwest.
"Going here to La Crosse means that you know that you can pull up that study for any employer," said Duston Littlefield, UW-La Crosse Sophomore, "and say ‘this is the school that I got my degree from' and it automatically puts you a step ahead."
This year, the University moved into the number three position, a step up from last year.
"Knowing that the school itself has maintained such a good reputation," said Raina Wedeward, Junior at UW-La Crosse. "I know my teachers in high school, a couple of them went here so I knew it was good back then. But to know that it's still thriving and bettering itself every year is really awesome to hear."
But UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow says he isn't surprised.
"This ranking for UW-La Crosse is a testament to the great quality of our people and the outstanding work that they do," said Gow.
And new this year, UW-L was one of only 39 schools nationally recognized for outstanding undergraduate research and creative projects.
"We're delighted to be one of the 39," said Gow. "Some of the other schools are Harvard, Yale, MIT, Princeton, Madison, University of Michigan, so that's really exciting to have UW-L in the company of those prestigious institutions."
Gow says students are taking note.
"This is a great school at a great price and I hope people take notice of that," said Gow. "They probably have because our enrollment this fall is higher than it's ever been since 1986."
"I knew that La Crosse was a great school," said Wedeward. "So it's kind of a cherry on top after transferring here to learn that it's such a great school to begin with."
Going into the future, Gow says one of the greatest challenges facing UW-L is providing competitive pay for faculty and staff. He says once this is fixed UW-L will have a better shot at getting the number two or even number one ranking.
Other UW-System schools on the list include UW-Eau Claire at number five and UW-Stevens Point and UW-Whitewater tied for number nine. UW-Madison came in eleventh on the public national universities category.
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - UW-La Crosse sits in some prestigious company in a new list of the best colleges in the country.
U.S. News and World Report's 2014 America's Best Colleges list places the university as the #3 best regional university in the Midwest.
According to the university, it is the 13th year in a row that UWL was listed among the top ranked colleges offering both undergraduate majors and master's programs.
The university also shows up on another list-this for excellence in undergraduate research. Among the 39 institutions are Harvard, Yale, and the University of Michigan. UW-Madison is also on the list with UWL.
In a statement, Chancellor Joe Gow said, "Our faculty and staff are tirelessly dedicated to providing exceptional research opportunities to our students. So it's gratifying to see their fine efforts recognized alongside the work of the top universities in the nation in U.S. News."
Overall, UWL ranked 26 among public Midwestern universities. UW-Eau Claire was 30th overall and 5th best regional university. UW-Whitewater tied for 9th (42nd overall).
U.S. News ranks some 1,400 accredited four-year schools in their survey.
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