School honors for University of Minnesota Duluth and Northland College

The College of St. Scholastica isn’t alone among the best.

Eh’s second installment of area higher-education institutions and their U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges” rankings includes the University of Minnesota Duluth and Ashland’s Northland College.

UMD ranked first of any Minnesota regional public university and seventh in the “Top Midwest Regional Public Universities” category.

UMD also ranked 35th overall among all Midwest universities with master’s degree programs (both public and private). There are 424 universities in this category, ranked within four geographic areas: North, South, Midwest and West.

This year, UMD had a new ranking. It was listed among 37 regional universities in the Midwest offering an “A-plus school for B students.” These universities had to admit a meaningful proportion of non-“A” students. The College of St. Scholastica also was named one of these schools.

Northland College was recognized within the top-tier schools on the list of the “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.”