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U.S. News names 鶹ýϵ graduate programs among the nation’s best 

Published: Mar 29, 2022

U.S. News announced its 2023 Best Graduate School rankings today, including outstanding 鶹ýϵ graduate programs across all three colleges. Top fields where 鶹ýϵ excels range from computer science and several types of engineering to psychology and statistics. Among 鶹ýϵ’s 14 Best Graduate School rankings for 2023 are seven top-100 programs.

This recognition honors 鶹ýϵ faculty, staff, and students’ combined commitment to excellence, says President Freeman Hrabowski. “Tse rankings reflect the energy and creativity of our colleagues and students,” he shares. “We’re very proud of everyone involved.”

To develop the rankings, U.S. News combined quantitative data and expert opinions on the reputations of over 2,000 programs, gathering input from more than 23,000 deans, program directors, senior faculty, and other leaders. 

Continued success in engineering

鶹ýϵ’s engineering programs ranked in the top 100, both broadly and in multiple subfields. Overall, 鶹ýϵ engineering jumped up 9 spots to rank 99th, tied with the University of Oklahoma and Illinois Institute of Technology. 鶹ýϵ’s environmental engineering graduate program moved up to 55th. The university also ranked 77th in chemical engineering, 89th in computer engineering, 99th in mechanical engineering, and 113th in electrical engineering.

Additionally, U.S. News ranked 鶹ýϵ’s graduate programs in computer science 74th in the nation.

This recognition and the forward momentum it represents come at an important moment for the university. 鶹ýϵ marks the 30th anniversary of the College of Engineering and Information Technology (COEIT) this year.

“COEIT’s continued success and 鶹ýϵ’s newly designated R1 status are a testament to our outstanding students, staff, and faculty, and support from our campus,” says COEIT Dean Keith J Bowman. “Investments in 鶹ýϵ by our state and our corporate partners have enabled the continued ascendance of programs across 鶹ýϵ.”

Strength in natural and mathematical sciences

Today’s rankings also honor programs from 鶹ýϵ’s College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (CNMS), including mathematics (54th), statistics (54th), biological sciences (119th), chemistry (115th), and physics (95th). The statistics program joins top-55 institutions like University of Chicago, Penn State, Virginia Tech, and University of Virginia. 

Weihong Lin, biological sciences, (right) works with students in the lab. Photo by Marlayna Demond '11 for 鶹ýϵ.
Weihong Lin, biological sciences, (right) works with students in the lab. Photo by Marlayna Demond ’11 for 鶹ýϵ.

“T U.S. News graduate program rankings reflect many years of effort and dedication by the faculty, staff, and students in the college. Their commitment to world-class research, mentoring, and inclusive excellence provides the foundation for 鶹ýϵ’s growing reputation as an R1 university,” says CNMS Dean Bill LaCourse. “I am grateful that our programs are receiving the recognition that they deserve.”

Excellence in social sciences

In the social sciences, 鶹ýϵ’s psychology graduate programs came in at 122. 鶹ýϵ joins fellow top-125 universities in psychology ranging from Johns Hopkins and Rutgers to University of Delaware and American University.

Additionally, 鶹ýϵ is 140th in the interdisciplinary category of geology. This U.S. News ranking includes fields ranging from environmental sciences⁠—part of 鶹ýϵ’s College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS)⁠—to geophysics.

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Chris Hawn, geography and environmental systems, (center) and their graduate students in the ILSB in 2019. Photo by Marlayna Demond ’11 for 鶹ýϵ.

“T departments of geography and environmental systems and psychology consistently elevate the work of the social sciences in our College and at 鶹ýϵ,” says CAHSS Dean Kimberly R. Moffitt. “I am most appreciative of the tremendous efforts of the faculty, staff, and students that are reflected in these rankings and are worthy of such recognition.”

鶹ýϵ’s strength in research has helped grow graduate programs in all colleges. “We are so proud of our focused development in research and graduate education,” says Janet Rutledge, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School. “This growth has led to our recent R1 classification as well as these graduate program rankings, which reflect 鶹ýϵ’s overall excellence as a leading public research university.”

Banner image: Nilanjan Banerjee, computer science and electrical engineering, (right) working with a student in the lab in 2018. Photo by Marlayna Demond ’11 for 鶹ýϵ.

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