The University of Minnesota Crookston has again achieved the top ranking in its division in a survey of regional colleges.

U.S. News and World Report announced this week that UMC is ranked as the top institution among Midwest Public Regional Colleges for 2022. UMC has been ranked in the top four consecutively for 26 years, and has been ranked the No. 1 "public regional college in the Midwest" three consecutive years.

"There are many rankings out there. However, U.S. News has been a consistent guide for creating meaningful rankings based on real and substantive data. Being at the top for three consecutive years is something to be proud of, though we never take it for granted," UMC Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause said in a statement sent to the media. "We will celebrate these accomplishments then quickly move toward the notion of how we can still do better."

The Midwest Region's Top Public Schools category includes those focused on undergraduate education and offering a range of baccalaureate degree programs but granting fewer than half of their degrees in the liberal arts.

Valley City State University came in at No. 2 in the Midwest Region's Top Public Schools category. Dickinson State University ranked No. 4 and Mayville State ranked No. 7.

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In addition, University of Minnesota Crookston ranked No. 25 in this year’s Best Regional Colleges Midwest category, a wider look at colleges in the region. UMC ranked No. 27 last year.