College of Engineering Moves Up in U.S. News Rankings

May 02, 2008

Engineering Building II, Centennial Campus
Engineering Building II, Centennial Campus

The College of Engineering at North Carolina State University ranked 30th among the nation's engineering schools in annual rankings of graduate programs published in March by U.S. News & World Report. It was the highest ranking for the College since 2002.

The College ranked No. 34 last year.

Among public colleges of engineering, the College ranked 19th, up from 20th last year.

Dr. Louis A. Martin-Vega, dean of the College of Engineering, told faculty and staff that the jump in the rankings was "the direct result of the efforts of all of you."

"You have believed in the excellence of the College," Martin-Vega said, "and you have worked together to move us closer to achieving our ultimate goal of becoming the top public college of engineering in the nation."

Among Atlantic Coast Conference schools, NC State moved up from fifth to fourth. The College edged Duke University as the top graduate engineering program in North Carolina.

The College of Engineering at NC State is among the largest in the nation with more than 7,500 undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. students enrolled. The College annually ranks among the nation's top ten in bachelor's degrees awarded, total number of engineering degrees awarded, and bachelor's degrees awarded to women and African Americans.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology claimed the top spot in this year's rankings, followed by Stanford University and the University of California-Berkley.

US News came up with the rankings after gathering data from 192 engineering schools across the country. The magazine ranked schools based on peer and recruiter ratings, GRE scores, acceptance rates, student-to-faculty ratios, research expenditures, and other factors.

Prospective students often consider the rankings as they decide which school to attend.

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