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School of Engineering undergraduate programs ranked in latest ‘U.S. News’ survey

September 18, 2023 - by Kim Delker

Two programs in The University of New Mexico School of Engineering were ranked in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, released Sept. 18.

The School of Engineering’s overall undergraduate program ranked No. 90 in institutions that grant doctoral degrees, and computer science ranked No. 117.

To appear on an undergraduate engineering survey, a school must have an undergraduate engineering program accredited by ABET. All of the School of Engineering’s programs are ABET-accredited.

As an institution, UNM was ranked No. 129 in the Top Public Schools category and was ranked No. 236 including private schools, overall in the National Universities category. As part of its methodology for National Universities, the 2024 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings were calculated using 19 key measures of academic quality for National Universities focusing on academic quality and places emphasis on outcome measures – including graduation rates, retention rates, graduate indebtedness and social mobility.

Outcomes are the most highly weighted ranking factor, contributing more than 40 percent to each school's overall score. The top-three measures included peer assessment (20%), graduation rates (16%) and graduation rate performance (10%). More than half of a school's rank is now comprised of varying outcome measures related to schools' success at enrolling, retaining and graduating students from different backgrounds with manageable debt and post-graduate success. Other key categories included first-year retention, faculty salaries, financial resources, college grads earning more than a high school grad and borrower debt among others.