Lakeland University has been honored by U.S. News & World Report on its annual rankings lists of Best Colleges. Lakeland was ranked among the best schools in the Midwest region in advancing social mobility for its students.
Lakeland tied for 33rd among Top Performers on Social Mobility among regional universities in the Midwest and was third best in Wisconsin.
The rankings note, "Economically disadvantaged students are less likely than others to finish college, even when controlling for other characteristics. But some colleges are more successful than others at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants. The vast majority of these federal grants are awarded to students whose adjusted gross family incomes are under $50,000."
Lakeland recently launched its award-winning Cooperative Education program across all academic majors. The program allows students to earn professional work experience in full- and part-time positions with co-op partner companies while also paying them wages that can be used to pay their tuition, which helps position them for financial independence after graduation.