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The Midwest - Getting an Education

The Midwest offers students and academic professionals opportunities for well-rounded and diverse intellectual and applied pursuits. Collectively, the Midwest has a strong legacy of academic research, university collaboration and providing an opportunity for all who are interested in learning.

In its 2016 annual ranking of colleges and universities, U.S. News and World Report said 21 percent of the top 125 undergraduate institutions are in the Midwest. With advanced degrees becoming increasingly valuable to employers, the region is also a leader in top graduate schools and programs; including:

  • 7 of the top 25 law schools;
  • 6 of the top 26 business schools;
  • 7 of the top 32 engineering schools;
  • 10 of the top 40 schools for mathematics;
  • 5 of the top 18 schools for chemistry;
  • 9 of the top 33 medical research schools; and
  • 5 of the top 14 schools for economics.

For more information on these schools, rankings and other top performing Midwestern institutions, click here.

Midwestern institutions also realize the value of leveraging their collective strengths to further the region's role as a leader in research, education and innovation. An example of this collective effort can be found through the Midwest Research University Center.

The region also has strong community and technical colleges. For a list of community and technical colleges in the region click here. For more information on the community and technical colleges in Midwestern states, click here.