College of Engineering programs fare well in U.S. News graduate rankings

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The College of Engineering graduate program was rated 32nd in the country by U.S. News & World Report in its Best Graduate Schools 2018 edition.

The report, released March 14, surveyed 214 graduate programs that grant doctoral degrees across the country with 198 responding.

Three programs – biological engineering, industrial engineering and nuclear engineering – were in the top 10 of their specialty categories. Eight programs – biological engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering – improved since last year’s report. Computer engineering remained unchanged.

Under the publication's specialty categories, Penn State aerospace engineering was ranked 15th, biological engineering 9th, biomedical 36th, chemical engineering 21st, civil engineering 21st, computer engineering 21st, electrical engineering 26th, environmental engineering 15th, industrial engineering 8th, materials 13th, mechanical engineering 15th and nuclear engineering 8th.

U.S. News does not survey the disciplines of acoustics, architectural engineering, and engineering science and mechanics. Computer science is ranked every four years.

Penn State's online graduate engineering program through World Campus was rated 4th.

—Stefanie Tomlinson