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USNWR 2012 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs

JamieBrownJamieBrown Posts: 401- Member
edited May 2012 in Engineering Majors
(Where highest degree is a doctorate)


1. MIT 4.9
2. Stanford 4.8
3. UC Berkeley 4.7
4. Caltech 4.6
5. Georgia Tech 4.5
6. Illinois 4.4
6. Michigan 4.4
8. Carnegie Mellon 4.3
9. Cornell 4.2
9. Purdue 4.2
11. Princeton 4.1
11. Texas 4.1
13. Northwestern 4.0
13. Wisconsin 4.0
15. Johns Hopkins 3.9
15. Virginia Tech 3.9
17. Penn State 3.8
17. Rice 3.8
17. Texas A&M 3.8
20. Columbia 3.7
20. UCLA 3.7
20. UC San Diego 3.7
20. Univ. of Washington 3.7
24. Duke 3.6
24. Maryland/CP 3.6
24. Minnesota 3.6
27. Harvard 3.5
27. NC State 3.5
27. Ohio State 3.5
27. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 3.5
27. Florida 3.5
27. Penn 3.5
27. USC 3.5
34. UC Davis 3.4
34. Colorado 3.4
34. Virginia 3.4
34. Vanderbilt 3.4
38. Iowa State 3.3
38. UC Santa Barbara 3.3
38. Washington Univ/StL 3.3
38. Yale 3.3
42. Arizona State 3.2
42. Brown 3.2
42. Case Western 3.2
42. Lehigh 3.2
42. UC Irvine 3.2
42. Notre Dame 3.2
48. Michigan State 3.1
48. Rutgers 3.1
48. Arizona 3.1
48. Pittsburgh 3.1
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Replies to: USNWR 2012 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs

  • JamieBrownJamieBrown Posts: 401- Member
    The above rankings released Sept 2011 by USNWR
  • JamieBrownJamieBrown Posts: 401- Member
    last year's:

    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/engineering-majors/981759-us-news-undergrad-engineering-rankings-2011-a.html

    Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (Where highest degree is a doctorate)
    Ranked in 2010
    1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 4.8
    2 Stanford University Stanford, CA 4.7
    3 University of California--Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4.6
    4 California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA 4.5
    Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA 4.5
    6 University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL 4.4
    7 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4.3
    8 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 4.2
    Cornell University Ithaca, NY 4.2
    Purdue University--West Lafayette West Lafayette, IN 4.2
    11 Princeton University Princeton, NJ 4.1
    University of Texas--Austin Austin, TX 4.1
    13 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 3.9
    Northwestern University Evanston, IL 3.9
    University of Wisconsin--Madison Madison, WI 3.9
    Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA 3.9
    17 Pennsylvania State University--University Park University Park, PA 3.8
    Texas A&M University--College Station College Station, TX 3.8
    19 Rice University Houston, TX 3.7
    University of California--Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 3.7
    University of Maryland--College Park College Park, MD 3.7
    22 Duke University Durham, NC 3.6
    University of California--San Diego La Jolla, CA 3.6
    University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN 3.6
    University of Washington Seattle, WA 3.6
    26 Columbia University New York, NY 3.5
    Harvard University Cambridge, MA 3.5
    North Carolina State University--Raleigh Raleigh, NC 3.5
    Ohio State University--Columbus Columbus, OH 3.5
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY 3.5
    University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 3.5
    32 University of California--Davis Davis, CA 3.4
    University of Colorado--Boulder Boulder, CO 3.4
    University of Florida Gainesville, FL 3.4
    University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 3.4
    36 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA 3.3
    University of California--Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 3.3
    University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 3.3
    Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN 3.3
    40 Brown University Providence, RI 3.2
    Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH 3.2
    Iowa State University Ames, IA 3.2
    Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 3.2
    Yale University New Haven, CT 3.2
    45 Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 3.1
    Dartmouth College Hanover, NH 3.1
    Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--New Brunswick Piscataway, NJ 3.1
    University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 3.1
    University of California--Irvine Irvine, CA 3.1
    University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 3.1
    Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO 3.1
  • alexandrarushalexandrarush Posts: 2Registered User New Member
    Do you have the latest rankings for Chemical Engineering?

    Thank you for your previous post (-:
  • JamieBrownJamieBrown Posts: 401- Member
    (where the highest degree offered is a doctorate)

    1. MIT
    2. UC Berkeley
    3. Stanford
    4. Caltech
    4. Minnesota
    6. Wisconsin
    7. Texas
    8. Princeton
    10. Illinois
    11. Delaware
    12. Purdue
    12. Michigan
    14. Cornell
    14. UCSB
    16. Penn State
    17. Northwestern
    18. Carnegie Mellon
    19. Columbia
    19. NC State
  • starbrightstarbright Posts: 4,660Registered User Senior Member
    What can actually change that is meaningful in the course of one year? It seems the only value of these is to sell a magazine.
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Posts: 5,361Registered User Senior Member
    starbright wrote:
    What can actually change that is meaningful in the course of one year? It seems the only value of these is to sell a magazine.

    Not far off. They are okay at putting schools roughly in the order of how they are viewed by others, and that is about it. Still, departments bend over backwards in order to get higher on the list due to the fact that so many people read said magazine and take the rankings for much more than they are actually worth.
  • JamieBrownJamieBrown Posts: 401- Member
    as you can see, there isn't much of a significant change on a year-to-year basis
    What can actually change that is meaningful in the course of one year? It seems the only value of these is to sell a magazine.
  • al6200al6200 Posts: 1,579Registered User Senior Member
    These rankings, despite being called ugrad rankings, are obviously graduate program rankings. Who really thinks that Texas A&M offers a better undergraduate engineering program than Harvard, even if Texas A&M has a larger graduate offering?
  • starbrightstarbright Posts: 4,660Registered User Senior Member
    Still, departments bend over backwards in order to get higher on the list due to the fact that so many people read said magazine and take the rankings for much more than they are actually worth.

    I know, I know! I've worked in such esteemed institutions for decades. On one hand they lament and criticize the rankings and pretend to not care (among themselves), and the administrations runs in circles trying to 'move up'. The problem though is that they don't actually change what matters, but of course play superficial games, easy data driven stuff along the surface. Games that actually completely and absolutely undermine actual education and benefits to students.

    And yes they can't have the rankings move too much or that would kill their credibility. I can't speak for this particular ranking but I know that Business Week in ranking b-schools has always used a formula with a constant so that it muted any real year to year changes (too much changed based on the data would blow the whole thing out of the water).

    Don't get me wrong-- of course schools really do differ in quality, but at the same time, there are really no meaningful differences between relatively close rankings. Its annoying when people give it attention and weight it doesn't deserve.
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Posts: 5,361Registered User Senior Member
    al6200 wrote:
    These rankings, despite being called ugrad rankings, are obviously graduate program rankings. Who really thinks that Texas A&M offers a better undergraduate engineering program than Harvard, even if Texas A&M has a larger graduate offering?

    Anyone working in engineering fields really thinks this. Harvard is not an engineering school and does not put any real effort into their engineering program.
  • ken285ken285 Posts: 3,882Registered User Senior Member
    I'm curious as to how one would argue Harvard's undergrad engineering program is better than Texas A&M's (assuming we're talking purely about the engineering program and nothing else).
  • JamieBrownJamieBrown Posts: 401- Member
    this link should be added to the second "sticky" above
  • TritonEyeTritonEye Posts: 4Registered User New Member
    Does anyone have the ME rankings?
    Thanks in advance.
  • JamieBrownJamieBrown Posts: 401- Member
    (where the highest degree offered is a doctorate)




    #1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Cambridge, MA
    $40,732 10,566 10% 98% 93% 62.6% 1410-1560
    #2 Georgia Institute of Technology
    Atlanta, GA
    in-state: $9,652, out-of-state: $27,862 20,720 52% 93% 80% 40.5% 1240-1430
    #2 Stanford University
    Stanford, CA
    $40,569 19,535 7% 98% 95% 70.4% 1360-1550
    #4 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor
    Ann Arbor, MI
    in-state: $12,590, out-of-state: $37,265 41,924 51% 96% 90% 47.8% 27-31
    #5 University of California--Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
    in-state: $11,767, out-of-state: $34,645 35,838 22% 97% 91% 62.0% 1230-1490
    #6 University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign
    Champaign, IL
    in-state: $13,558, out-of-state: $27,700 43,862 67% 94% 84% 34.0% 26-31
    #7 Purdue University--West Lafayette
    West Lafayette, IN
    in-state: $9,478, out-of-state: $27,646 39,726 65% 87% 69% 36.8% 1040-1290
    #8 Cornell University
    Ithaca, NY
    $41,541 20,939 18% 96% 93% 54.2% 1310-1500
    #9 California Institute of Technology
    Pasadena, CA
    $37,704 2,175 13% 98% 90% 64.3% 1470-1580
    #9 Carnegie Mellon University
    Pittsburgh, PA
    $43,396 11,618 33% 95% 86% 67.0% 1300-1500
    #9 University of Texas--Austin
    Austin, TX
    in-state: $9,794, out-of-state: $32,506 51,195 47% 92% 81% 34.3% 1110-1370
    #12 Princeton University
    Princeton, NJ
    $37,000 7,802 9% 98% 96% 71.3% 1400-1580
    #13 Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
    in-state: $11,100, out-of-state: $24,560 31,006 67% 92% 80% 24.7% 1120-1320
    #14 Pennsylvania State University--University Park
    University Park, PA
    in-state: $15,984, out-of-state: $28,066 45,233 55% 93% 85% 39.2% 1090-1300
    #15 Northwestern University
    Evanston, IL
    $41,983 19,389 23% 97% 94% 75.0% 1380-1530
    #16 University of Wisconsin--Madison
    Madison, WI
    in-state: $9,671, out-of-state: $25,421 42,595 57% 94% 84% 45.0% 26-30
    #17 Texas A&M University--College Station
    College Station, TX
    N/A 49,129 69% 92% 79% 20.5% 1130-1330
  • LakemomLakemom Posts: 2,550Registered User Senior Member
    I thought this was worth sharing. It was printed in Mar 2011.

    U.S. News Republishes 2011 Edition Engineering Specialty Rankings

    As a result of several database errors, we have taken down the most recent edition of some of the specialty rankings of engineering schools and reverted to our ranking of last year. While the changes are not significant, there are some discrepancies between the originally published data and the revised rankings currently at usnews.com.

    U.S. News Republishes 2011 Edition Engineering Specialty Rankings - Morse Code: Inside the College Rankings (usnews.com)
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