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Lincoln statue on UW-Madison campus

UW-Madison’s Abraham Lincoln statue sits outside Bascom Hall, adminstrative headquarters.

UW-Madison is continuing to stay among the best universities in the world, according to the latest rankings compiled by U.S. News and World Report.

The flagship state university in Wisconsin is ranked 29th out of 1,000 research universities looked at in the third annual survey done by the publication.

Last year, UW-Madison was ranked 26th, when 750 universities were ranked.

In specific subjects, U.S. News and World Report has UW-Madison in the top 20 in seven disciplines, including eighth in microbiology, 16th in mathematics, 17th in environment/ecology, 17th in plant and animal science, 18th in geosciences, 19th in agricultural sciences and 20th in arts and humanities.

The Big 10 Conference fared well in the rankings, with Michigan the highest-ranked school at 17, followed by Northwestern at 24, UW-Madison at 29, Minnesota at 38, Maryland at 40, Ohio State at 43, Illinois at 47, Penn State at 56, Michigan State at 78, Rutgers at 82, Purdue at 90, Indiana at 113, Iowa at 130 and Nebraska at 245.

The top 10 universities were Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Cal-Berkeley, Cal Tech, Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, Columbia and UCLA.

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Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.