The University of Minnesota is the only higher education institution in the state to rank in the world's best 1,000.
That's according to the latest ranking list by consulting firm CWUR, which released its World University Rankings 2018-19 on Monday.
Grading universities based on the quality of education, alumni employment, research output, citations, influence, quality publications and quality of faculty, American institutions dominated the list, with 34 of the Top 50 colleges based in the U.S.
And one of those is the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, whose score of 85.9 out of 100 was good enough for 35th place, 11 places higher than it ranked last year.
On the downside, it's the only appearance made by a Minnesota college on the list, despite our neighbors in Wisconsin having three – with the University of Wisconsin-Madison the highest ranked in 27th.
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Even neighbors to the south in Iowa had two on the list, with the University of Iowa ranking 134th and Iowa State 177th.
The U of M-Twin Cities scored particularly high for the quality of its research, ranking 21st in quality publications, 24th in research output, 28th in citations and 35th in influence.
It performed worst in the "alumni employment" category, where it was 302nd overall.