Engineering climbs in graduate program rankings for fifth consecutive year

Published: May 6, 2009 8:45:00 AM
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The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has once again moved up in the graduate program rankings in U.S.News and World Report's 2010 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools," climbing to 41st among public engineering schools and 69th overall. In the 2009 edition, Auburn Engineering ranked 42nd and 73rd, respectively.

Auburn Engineering Dean Larry Benefield said the continued rankings improvement is a reflection of the College of Engineering's growing reputation.

"I am pleased with the steady progress in our graduate rankings," Benefield said. "Not only have our measurements improved, but other institutions are noticing. At the same time, we still have a significant amount of work ahead of us if we are to achieve our vision of advancing into the ranks of the nation's most elite public engineering colleges."

Six departments within the college were also ranked in the 2010 numbers. Among public institutions, chemical engineering ranked 32nd, civil engineering ranked 38th, computer science and software engineering ranked 33rd, electrical engineering ranked 29th, industrial and systems engineering ranked 19th and mechanical engineering ranked 37th.

Factors for ranking engineering graduate programs included assessment by peer deans and corporate recruiters, graduate examination scores, acceptance rate, student-faculty ratio, percentage of National Academy of Engineering faculty members, doctoral degrees awarded, and faculty research expenditures.