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UC Davis College of Engineering Continues High Rankings

Posted on: March 17, 2011

The latest edition of America's Best Graduate School Rankings were released by US News and World Report on March 15. The College of Engineering at UC Davis increased our national ranking from 32nd to a tie for 31st in the nation with North Carolina State University and Duke University. Programs at 194 engineering schools that grant doctoral degrees were included in the rankings. Among public university engineering schools, UC Davis College of Engineering increased slightly from 20th to a tie for 19th.

“We are pleased to continue our leadership as one of the nation’s top engineering schools,” said Enrique Lavernia, dean of the College of Engineering at UC Davis. “In the face of significant budget challenges, it is gratifying to see the continued strength of engineering programs at the entire University of California system. At UC Davis we continue to enjoy special prominence in the fields of agricultural, bio-medical, and environmental engineering.”

While the College of Engineering’s overall score and recruiter assessment score stayed consistent, the college saw an increased percentage of National Academy of Engineering ( NAE) faculty membership, as well as total research expenditures, number of Ph.D. degrees granted, total graduate enrollment, and ratio of Ph.D. students to faculty members.

Our engineering specialties were ranked very consistently with the previous year. These rankings are based only on assessments made by department heads in each specialty area. The positive movers were in the areas of Biomedical/Bioengineering (tied for 23rd last year, tied for 22nd this year) and Computer Engineering (tied for 39th two years ago, area not evaluated by US News last year, tied for 36th this year). All the other areas remained at their previous ranking: Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical, tied for 24th; Biological/Agricultural, 5th; Chemical Engineering, tied for 30th; Civil Engineering, tied for 16th, Computer Science, tied for 39th; Electrical/Electronic/Communications, tied for 38th; Environmental/Environmental Health, tied for 14th; Materials Science, tied for 26th; and Mechanical Engineering, tied for 33rd.

Among UCs, Berkeley retained the 3rd spot in the overall national rankings, followed by San Diego (which slipped from a tie for 13th to a tie for 14th), Los Angeles (which increased from a tie for 15th to a tie for 14th), Santa Barbara (which slipped from a tie for 19th to 21st), Davis (increased from 32nd to a tie for 31st), Irvine (slipped from 36th to a tie for 39th), Riverside (retained ranking at 66th) and Santa Cruz (up 8 spots from a tie for 86th to a tie for 78th).