The 25 best engineering schools this year, per U.S. News

The popular yet controversial college ranking website evaluated engineering schools based on their reputation among graduate school deans, faculty citations, student selectivity and research activity.

MIT, Stanford and Berkeley have retained their prestige for possessing the best three engineering schools in the nation, according to this year’s rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

The popular yet controversial college ranking website evaluated engineering schools based on their reputation among graduate school deans, faculty citations, student selectivity and research activity. Because the latter made up 50% of the weighted overall ranking, schools were asked for the first time to report research expenditures in either fiscal year 2022 or 2023.

Students viewing the ranking can evaluate schools based on 13 disciplines, including:

  • Aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering
  • Biological/agricultural engineering
  • Biomedical and bioengineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Computer engineering
  • Electrical/electronic/communications engineering
  • Environmental/environmental health engineering
  • Industrial/manufacturing/systems engineering
  • Materials engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Nuclear engineering
  • Petroleum engineering

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U.S. News received data and responses from 199 of the 220 doctoral-degree granting engineering schools surveyed. The remaining 21 were not ranked.

The top 25 – ranked

Despite some power shakeups among the top 10, Texas A&M University in College Station was the only university featured last year to exit the group. The University of Southern California fell eight spots, suffering the worst drop among the top 25. University of Washington and Rice University made the biggest climbs.

Rank School Name Score Previous rank
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 100 1
2 Stanford University 96 2
3 University of California, Berkeley 91 3
= 4 California Institute of Technology 89 7
= 4 Georgia Institute of Technology 89 5
6 Purdue University—Main Campus 88 4
7 Carnegie Mellon University 87 5
8 University of Texas—Austin (Cockrell) 86 7
= 9 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Grainger) 85 11
= 9 University of Michigan—Ann Arbor 85 7
11 University of California—San Diego (Jacobs) 84 12
= 12 Cornell University 82 13
= 12 Texas A&M University—College Station 82 10
= 14 Johns Hopkins University (Whiting) 80 14
= 14 University of California—Los Angeles (Samueli) 80 16
= 16 Northwestern University (McCormick) 78 17
= 16 University of Pennsylvania 78 19
= 18 Columbia University (Fu Foundation) 77 17
= 18 University of Maryland—College Park (Clark) 77 19
20 Harvard University (Paulson) 76 23
= 21 Princeton University 75 23
= 21 University of Washington 75 25
=23 Duke University (Pratt) 74 22
= 23 University of Colorado—Boulder 74 19
= 23 University of Southern California (Viterbi) 74 15

 

Alcino Donadel
Alcino Donadel
Alcino Donadel is a UB staff writer and first-generation journalism graduate from the University of Florida. He has triple citizenship from the U.S., Ecuador and Brazil.

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