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UMass Engineering Rises in U.S. News Graduate Rankings

The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst continues its climb in the annual U.S. News & World Report listing of “Best Graduate Engineering Schools” placing No. 54 nationally, a rise of two spots.  The 2022 rankings were released on March 30, and show the college tied with Brown University, Colorado School of Mines, and Rutgers University.  

Among public engineering institutions, the college has entered the top 30, advancing three places to No. 28, and remains the top public engineering program in New England. In just four years, the College of Engineering has climbed eleven places in rank among the publics.  “I congratulate our faculty, graduate students, and college-wide leadership for propelling us ever closer to our strategic goal of being among the top 25 public engineering colleges,” remarks Sanjay Raman, dean of the College of Engineering.

In addition, four programs climbed in the national engineering specialty discipline rankings.  Chemical engineering, ranked No. 33 in the country, rose three spots from last year’s report. Computer engineering, ranked No. 37, climbed seven places, and electrical engineering ranked No. 53, rose five slots. Environmental engineering, ranked No. 38, soared up ten places.

The published rankings are based on reputational surveys of deans and industry, as well as statistical indicators that assess the strength and quality of a school’s research, students, and faculty.  They are just one benchmark of success in academia.

U.S. News stresses that “the rankings themselves should not be used as the sole basis to decide to attend one graduate program or school over another. Prospective students should consider other factors as well, like a school's course offerings, department culture, the total cost to obtain the degree, debt after graduation, the advising or mentoring a student can expect to receive, the school's location and campus life.”

Find out more about how U.S. News ranks its graduate engineering programs here.