All Programs Crack Top 5 in U.S. News Undergrad Rankings

September 9, 2018

Georgia Tech College of Engineering ties for 4th in undergrad rankings with all programs ranked 5th or higher

For the first time in school history, all of Georgia Tech's undergraduate engineering programs are ranked in the top five of their respective disciplines by U.S. News & World Report, with the College of Engineering tied for 4th overall among engineering schools. 

“We are very pleased that all our schools are ranked in the top five nationally since this is one indication of the breadth and depth of our undergraduate programs,” Steve McLaughlin, dean of the College of Engineering, said. “Since these rankings are based upon how our peers across the country perceive the quality of our programs, it is also gratifying to know that they think very highly of Georgia Tech’s engineering programs. The rankings also demonstrate the commitment to excellence shown by our students, faculty and staff.”

The rankings, which were released on September 10, 2018, included improved standings for chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer engineering, which all rose one spot, and materials science and engineering, which climbed two spots to third. With those changes the College of Engineering has seven undergraduate programs ranked third or higher, including industrial and systems engineering which has been in the top spot for 24 straight years. 

Program scores are based on surveys of deans and faculty members at other universities. The U.S. News rankings are one indicator of the quality of an institution and can influence undergraduates, professors, prospective students, peer institutions and the media. Prospective students should also consider other factors such as overall cost, ROI, opportunities for research and studying abroad, internship and co-op options, the size and location of a school, and campus culture.

This is the sixth time the College of Engineering has placed fourth in the U.S. News rankings, and it is once again tied with the California Institute of Technology's engineering program. Among public universities, Georgia Tech's engineering program ranks second behind the University of California, Berkeley.

Engineering Programs 

  • #1 Industrial/Manufacturing 
  • #2 Aerospace
  • #2 Chemical 
  • #2 Civil 
  • #2 Mechanical
  • #3 Biomedical
  • #3 Materials 
  • #4 Environmental
  • #4 Electrical
  • #5 Computer Engineering

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