Engineering School moves up to No. 34 in U.S. News rankings

The Vanderbilt School of Engineering moved up two places to No. 34 among engineering schools whose highest degree awarded is a doctorate in the 2012 Best Colleges rankings released by U.S. News & World Report Sept. 13.

The School of Engineering tied with the University of California-Davis, the University of Colorado-Boulder, and the University of Virginia, in a category topped by MIT, Stanford and the University of California-Berkeley.

“While these rankings are only one measure of the success of our programs, they do recognize the school’s excellent reputation in undergraduate engineering education,” said Kenneth F. Galloway, dean of the School of Engineering. “We are among a group of strong engineering schools that are all striving for excellence, and it is gratifying to be recognized by your peers.”

Notable schools that ranked above and below Vanderbilt are Duke (24), Harvard (27), Yale (38) and Washington University (38).

The undergradute engineering programs – whose highest engineering degree offered is a doctorate –were ranked solely on a peer assessment survey. To appear on an undergraduate engineering survey, a school must have a program accredited by ABET.