NMSU engineering graduate program makes national ranking

By Linda Fresques

The NMSU College of Engineering graduate program is ranked 69th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report’s annual evaluation of American graduate school programs released Monday. The U.S. News ranking adds to other NMSU College of Engineering national accolades. The college is ranked fifth in the nation for granting engineering degrees to Hispanic students and sixth in the nation for granting engineering degrees to Native American students. The college is ranked 22nd by the National Science Foundation for federally funded engineering research.

“We are very pleased to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report for our graduate program.  The fact that we have been able to increase our research productivity without sacrificing excellence in our undergraduate programs makes this a truly remarkable accomplishment,” said College of Engineering Dean Steven P. Castillo.  “The College of Engineering is fortunate to have excellent faculty and graduate students focused on pressing issues in energy, water, environment, aerospace, transportation and electronic communications.”

NMSU shares the ranking of 69 in a three-way tie with the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The University of Missouri at Rolla ranked directly ahead of NMSU at 68.  Auburn University at Ginn, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Connecticut, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill followed NMSU in a tie for 73rd place.

Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, and medicine. Programs at 198 engineering schools that grant doctoral degrees were surveyed in fall 2007 and early 2008.  There are more than 270 doctoral and non-doctoral engineering programs in the United States.

The magazine’s criteria for determining overall graduate engineering program rankings include peer assessment, recruiter assessment, research activity, faculty resources and student selectivity.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley were ranked first, second and third respectively.

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