Engineering graduate program climbs in latest U.S. News & World Report ranking

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U.S. News and World Report has ranked Colorado State University’s engineering graduate programs No. 67 in the nation ­– a jump of four spots from No. 71 in last year’s ranking. The publication’s Best Graduate Schools Rankings were released March 14.

CSU enrolls about 800 engineering graduate students pursuing degrees in chemical, civil, environmental, electrical, computer, mechanical, biomedical or systems engineering, or atmospheric science.

This year, U.S. News also ranked several of CSU’s engineering specializations in the top 100 across the nation, including: chemical (63), civil (40), environmental (36), electrical (65), computer (64), mechanical (69) and biomedical (68). Atmospheric science was ranked as the top program in the U.S. by the National Research Council in its 2010 Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States.

“We are pleased that our reputation as a top engineering research university has resulted in our moving up in the overall U.S. News and World Report rankings,” said David McLean, dean of the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering. “We continue to be very proud of our talented and accomplished graduate students, all of whom receive a world-class education and hands-on training from distinguished faculty in their respective fields.”

According to the newly released 2018 U.S. News rankings, The Walter Scott College of Engineering conducted externally-funded research amounting to $70.3 million in 2016; this equals research expenditures of just over $650,000 per faculty member. This ratio places CSU engineering 8th overall in research expenditures per faculty member among public institutions. Among both public and private institutions, CSU engineering ranks 21st nationally in research expenditures per faculty member.

“This is an extraordinary per-faculty figure [$650,000], considering the relatively small size of our engineering college, and the individualized experience and attention our students enjoy from just over 100 engineering faculty,” said Associate Dean for Research Sonia Kreidenweis.

Besides research expenditures, the rankings methodology includes peer assessments, recruiter assessments, average GRE scores, acceptance rates, Ph.D. student/faculty ratio, faculty membership in the National Academy of Engineering, and Ph.Ds granted.

Other rankings

CSU’s Professional Veterinary Medicine Program, its vet school, is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation, based on the most recent ranking in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report; it has held a spot among the top three vet schools for at least two decades.

The professional program in the Department of Occupational Therapy in CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences holds the No. 6 spot among similar programs nationwide, based on the most recent ranking in 2016.
Several other CSU programs are ranked in the top 100 by U.S. News & World Report:

No. 75 Biological Sciences

No. 49 Chemistry

No. 70 Computer Science

No. 77 Earth Sciences

No. 73 Math

No. 63 Part-time MBA

No. 70 Physics

No. 96 Political Science

No. 90 Psychology

No. 31 Public Health

No. 58 Social Work

No. 96 Sociology

No. 42 Statistics

CSU University Communications Staff