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Methodology: 2015 Best Engineering Schools Rankings

Find out how U.S. News ranks graduate engineering programs. 

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Engineering specialty rankings were out of 60 schools with aerospace / aeronautical / astronautical engineering; 107 schools with bioengineering / biomedical engineering; 31 with biological and agricultural engineering; 126 with chemical engineering; 145 with civil engineering; 143 with computer engineering; 177 with electrical / electronic / communications engineering; 100 with environmental / environmental health engineering; 87 with industrial / manufacturing / systems engineering; 95 with materials engineering; 170 with mechanical engineering; and 29 with nuclear engineering.

In the engineering specialty rankings, programs with an average peer assessment score of equal to or greater than 2.0 are numerically ranked.

U.S. News will supply schools/programs in the engineering specialties that have an average peer assessment score of less than 2.0 with their numerical rankings, if they submit a request following the procedures listed in the Information for School Officials.

In the main engineering rankings, we have numerically ranked the top three-fourths of the engineering schools that qualified to be ranked. The bottom quarter of the rank-eligible engineering schools are listed as Rank Not Published and are listed alphabetically. These are schools that U.S. News calculated a numerical ranking for, but decided not to publish, since it fell below the U.S. News cutoff.

Unranked means that U.S. News did not calculate a numerical ranking for that school or program. The school or program did not supply U.S. News with enough key statistical data to be numerically ranked by U.S. News. Schools or programs marked as Unranked are listed alphabetically and are listed below those marked as Rank Not Published.

Sources: U.S. News and the schools. Assessment data collected by Ipsos Public Affairs. N/A = Data were not provided by the school.

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Corrected on March 11, 2014: An earlier version of this article misstated the number of schools with mechanical engineering programs.