University of Minnesota Among “America’s Smartest Public Colleges”
The University of Minnesota is among the most intelligent schools in the nation as ranked by Business Insider.
The website ranked the university’s Twin Cities campus 22nd—tying with several other schools—on its list of “100 Smartest Public Colleges in America.”
With in-state tuition at public schools often significantly cheaper than the costs of attending a private college, the list aimed to quantify colleges that “offer brainpower and affordability.”
The list is a twist on the rankings that come from U.S. News & World Report and others. For this, a researcher at the Duke University Talent Identification Program analyzed standardized test scores to come up with the list. Both ACT and SAT scores were examined, though ACT scores were converted to their equivalent SAT number. Then, the average of the 25th and 75th percentile were computed.
The University of Minnesota–Morris was the only other school in the state to make the list. In the Big Ten Conference, all public schools (which excludes private Northwestern University) were ranked: University of Michigan (6), University of Maryland (9), Ohio State University (11), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (14), University of Wisconsin (tied with Minnesota, 22), Rutgers University (44), Purdue University (52), Indiana University (tie, 64), Pennsylvania State University (tie, 64), University of Iowa (tie, 69), Michigan State University (tie, 69) and University of Nebraska (84).
The full list can be seen here.