The School of Engineering rose to No. 34, up from No. 37 last year, in U.S. News & World Report as part of the publication’s annual ranking of undergraduate engineering programs. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was ranked No. 1.
The engineering school shares No. 34 with North Carolina State University, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of Florida, University of Virginia and Yale University.
The undergraduate engineering program rankings were based on surveys of engineering deans and senior faculty at accredited programs. To appear on an undergraduate engineering survey, a school must have an undergraduate engineering program accredited by ABET. These programs are split into two groups: schools whose highest engineering degree offered is a doctorate and schools whose highest engineering degree offered is a bachelor’s or master’s.
“I am pleased the School of Engineering is recognized by fellow colleagues on the fine work we do. Our outstanding faculty and staff work hard every day to provide first-rate learning environments for all our students and I applaud them,” said Dean Philippe M. Fauchet.
When comparing engineering schools at private universities where the highest engineering degree offered is a doctorate, Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering is No. 16, said Fauchet.
In program rankings, the Department of Biomedical Engineering is No. 18.
Vanderbilt University rose to 14th place this year, its highest ranking to date, after holding at No. 15 the two previous years.