For those asking about ND's rank, ND is focused on undergraduate education. Their research programs are mostly nonexistent. Since the role of the university in society is about research as much as teaching, ND is bound to be ranked low whenever research is among the criteria. They're still a good undergraduate school.
UM ranked #14 World's Best University
...but it wouldn't surprise me if Notre Dame's religious affiliation also hurts it in such ranking. Whether that is explicit or implicit, I don't have a clue. But it appears that most of those top instituions are secular in nature.
Yes, it's possible that US News hates Catholics. Or, I mean, we could just go with the fact that ND doesn't do research.
Anyone have any links to other renown or good University rankings, either Domestic or World-wide? Lots of hate on facebook due to this one
When I did the expansionist post (http://mgoblog.com/diaries/jimmy-wonka-and-big-ten-expansion-factory) using ARWU (http://www.arwu.org/index.jsp) and USNews, averaged over the last three years.
The B1G Then:
|22.00||University of Michigan - Ann Arbor|
|26.17||University of Wisconsin - Madison|
|29.00||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|39.67||Pennsylvania State University - University Park|
|43.00||University of Minnesota, Twin Cities|
|48.00||Ohio State University - Columbus|
|52.83||Purdue University - West Lafayette|
|59.17||Michigan State University|
|61.00||University of Iowa|
|61.67||Indiana University Bloomington|
Of course that article concluded no way Nebraska would join.