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K-State Today

May 10, 2012

Building the best: University's graduate engineering programs ranked among America's top 100

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Good news for future engineering students: the graduate engineering programs at Kansas State University's College of Engineering have been ranked among the top 100 in America by U.S. News and World Report.

The news organization ranks the university's graduate engineering program 93rd in the nation -- up six places from its 2010 ranking. The university's College of Engineering also is the highest ranked graduate and undergraduate engineering school in Kansas. The undergraduate engineering program is the largest in the state.

"We are very pleased to ranked among the nation's top 100 engineering programs," said John English, dean of the college and Leroy C. and Aileen H. Paslay chair in engineering. "As Kansas' premier land-grant institution, we have a long heritage of educating many skilled engineers in the Kansas and U.S. work forces who build our future. We anticipate making even greater contributions to the profession as we continue to develop research in our nationally-recognized programs, and help K-State move forward to becoming a top 50 public research by 2025."

In total, U.S. News and World Report ranked 194 of the 198 engineering colleges across the nation, with an emphasis of comparing each college's doctoral-level programs. Among the K-State graduate engineering programs, biological and agricultural engineering was ranked the highest at 16th in its field.

Also ranked were the K-State College of Engineering's graduate programs in chemical, civil, computer, mechanical, electrical, industrial and manufacturing engineering as well as computer science -- with all placing in the top 100 against peer programs.

The U.S. News and World Report rankings were based on performance and survey data as well as a peer evaluation by department heads and chairs from the other colleges.

In conjunction with the engineering program, several additional Kansas State University programs are also ranked among the top 100 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, including: chemistry, history, mathematics, physics, public affairs, speech-language pathology, statistics and veterinary medicine.