US News and World Report: #4 undergraduate engineering program in the nation. All Engineering Programs ranked in top five.

Rankings Place Undergrad Engineering 4th in Nation

September 14, 2020

The College of Engineering is 4th overall among engineering schools latest U.S. News college rankings show.

Engineer looking at a test sample.

All the Georgia Institute of Technology’s engineering programs ranked in the top five for schools offering that field of study, with Civil Engineering and Industrial Engineering named number one in their disciplines, according to the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. Undergraduate degrees in aerospace, biomedical chemical, and mechanical engineering programs were all ranked No. 2 in their respective fields. This is the 26th year in a row that the industrial engineering program claimed the number one spot.

This is the eighth time the College of Engineering has placed fourth in the U.S. News rankings. Among public universities, Georgia Tech's engineering program ranks second behind the University of California, Berkeley.

Georgia Tech was also ranked first in Cybersecurity and Software Engineering, third in Internships and Co-Ops, and fourth as the most innovative school.

The rankings:

  • Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical: 2nd National, 1st Public
  • Biomedical/Biomedical Engineering: 2nd National, 1st Public
  • Chemical: 2nd National, 1st Public
  • Civil: 1st National, 1st Public
  • Computer Engineering: 5th National, 2nd Public
  • Electrical/Electronic/Communications: 4th National, 2nd Public                                                             
  • Environmental/Environmental Health: 4th National, 3rd Public                                                             
  • Industrial/Manufacturing: 1st National, 1st Public
  • Materials: 4th National, 3rd Public                                                             
  • Mechanical: 2nd National, 1st Public

"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 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.”

Aerospace Engineering

The Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering boasts one of the oldest and largest aerospace programs in the country.

Rankings:

  • 2nd nationally ranked, 1st publicly ranked

Biomedical Engineering

The Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering is equally part of the Emory School of Medicine and the Georgia Tech College of Engineering communities.

Rankings:

  • 2nd nationally, 1st publicly ranked

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

With some of the country’s best labs, the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering is known for producing research that addresses the biggest problems facing our world.

Rankings:

  • 2nd nationally, 1st publicly ranked

Civil and Environmental Engineering

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering is consistently ranked as one of the nation's best programs of its kind in both graduate and undergraduate education.

Rankings:

  • Civil: 1st nationally, 1st publicly ranked
  • Environmental/Environmental Health: 4th nationally, 3rd publicly ranked                                                            

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Georgia Tech has a top electrical and computer engineering program, and graduates are recruited to work in diverse industries like energy, robotics, manufacturing, autos, and computing.

Rankings:

  • Electrical/Electronic/Communications: 4th nationally, 2nd publicly ranked
  • Computer Engineering: 5th nationally, 2nd publicly ranked

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Industrial engineers are constantly looking for ways to make things work better and more efficiently. The H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering is the country’s top-ranked place to study it.

Rankings:

  • 1st nationally, 1st publicly ranked

Materials Science and Engineering

At the School of Materials Science and Engineering, faculty offer research expertise in all forms of materials, including metals, ceramics, polymers, fibers, composites, nanostructures, and bio-enabled/biomimetic materials.

Rankings:

  • 4th nationally, 3rd publicly ranked

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers are the foundation of today’s technological world. Mechanical engineering, the first degree program at Georgia Tech, is consistently ranked among the top ten in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Rankings:

  • 2nd nationally, 1st publicly ranked

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.

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