U of M fans, alums and Michigan residents have a reason to yell "Go Blue!" because it was named the best public college in America for 2018.

Niche.com puts out an annual list of the top public colleges in the U.S. and University of Michigan is ranked #1 for the upcoming year.

Nine different factors are considered and given a "grade" when compiling the list:

  • Academics
  • Admissions
  • Campus
  • Diversity
  • Local Area
  • Professors
  • Student Life
  • Student Surveys on Overall Experience
  • Value

Data for each one is taken from the U.S. Department of Education and student reviews; and with all of these factors considered, U of M came out on top with an overall grade of A+! Michigan received an "A" in pretty much all categories except a "B-" for both dorms & safety. You can see the full break down here.

If you're wondering where U of M's rival fell, Michigan State came in at #21 on the list. Other colleges in Michigan that made the list include:

  • Michigan Technological University (#27)
  • Central Michigan University (#150)
  • Western Michigan University (#152)
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn (#173)