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School of Engineering climbs in most recent U.S. News rankings

March 20, 2018 - By Kim Delker

The University of New Mexico School of Engineering rose several spots in the U.S. News & World Report 2019 Best Graduate Schools rankings for engineering, released today.

The School of Engineering ranks No. 83 this year. Last year, the School ranked No. 99.

“For the last several months, we have put a greater emphasis on sharing our successes among peers, donors, prospective students, corporate partners and many other stakeholders,” said Christos Christodoulou, Jim and Ellen King Dean of Engineering and Computing. “I am encouraged that our efforts are beginning to pay off. My goal is for the School of Engineering’s rankings to better reflect the excellent school we all know that we are, and we will continue to find new ways to tell our story.”

Among New Mexico schools of engineering, UNM was the only institution to rank in the top 100 in the survey.

UNM is also the only university in New Mexico to receive a designation of R1: Doctoral Universities Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. This designation is reserved for the top-tier research universities, putting UNM at the same level as institutions such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University.

In addition, UNM is a member of the Sandia Academic Alliance, along with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Texas at Austin, Purdue University, and Georgia Tech.

The 2019 U.S. News survey also ranked specialty programs. UNM ranked No. 72 in chemical engineering, No. 76 in civil engineering, No. 73 in computer engineering, No. 75 in electrical engineering, No. 110 in mechanical engineering, No. 18 in nuclear engineering, and No. 75 in computer science.
The Best Graduate Schools rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students.

The data for the rankings come from statistical surveys of more than 2,012 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 20,500 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2017 and early 2018.