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UNM’s engineering graduate program ranks No. 90 by ‘U.S. News & World Report’

April 25, 2023 - by Kim Delker

The University of New Mexico School of Engineering ranked No. 90 in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report 2024 Best Graduate Schools rankings for engineering, released today.

UNM is the only engineering program in New Mexico to rank in the top 100. Last year, the School of Engineering ranked No. 86, No. 84 in 2022 and No. 87 in the 2021 rankings.

The 2024 U.S. News survey also ranked specialty programs. UNM ranked No. 13 in nuclear engineering, No. 76 in electrical engineering, No. 79 in computer engineering, No. 77 in environmental engineering, No. 72 in chemical engineering, No. 90 in civil engineering, No. 91 in computer science, No. 109 in biomedical engineering and No. 111 in mechanical engineering.

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.

Between fall 2022 and early 2023, U.S. News surveyed 220 engineering schools that grant doctoral degrees for use in the rankings and directory. In total, 202 engineering schools responded either to the current survey or previous year with the necessary data to be ranked. New this year, in rare cases where an active engineering school reported enough data to be eligible the previous year but did not complete a statistical survey this year, those schools were still ranked using their previous year’s data and marked as nonresponders in the directory. As always, U.S. News relies on schools to accurately report their data.

U.S. News derived each school’s overall rank by scoring them on several factors, which include:

  • Total research expenditures
  • Average research expenditures per faculty member
  • Peer assessment score
  • Recruiter assessment score
  • Faculty resources
  • Doctoral degrees awarded
  • Doctorate to faculty ratio
  • Master’s to faculty ratio
  • Percentage of faculty in the National Academy of Engineering
  • Student selectivity
  • Acceptance rate

Additional information about the rankings can be found at the U.S. News site.