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Minnesota has one of the world's best universities

This comes from the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities.
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The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities remains one of the best homes for higher education on the planet, even though it slipped a place in the latest rankings.

Shanghai Ranking's 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities has the U of M as the 34th best college in the world.

This is one place down from last year when it was 33rd, and is actually the lowest ranking the U of M has received since 2003, when it was 37th. 

The highest the U has ever ranked was 28th, a position it had from 2008-11.

That said, featuring as one of the top 50 schools in the world is still pretty darn impressive, with the Twin Cities campus getting particularly high marks for social sciences, where it offers the 14th best program in the world.

Its medical school is also up there at 25th in the world.

The ARWU is one of the world's foremost university rankings and uses six indicators to sort colleges. These include the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Field Medals, the number of highly-cited researchers, and the number of articles published in science and nature journals.

Forty-eight of the top 100 world universities are in the U.S., with Harvard and Stanford taking the No. 1 and 2 spots respectively, ahead of England's Cambridge University.

Just ahead of the U of M in 28th is the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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