Materials science and engineering undergrad program ranks 12th in nation, 6th among publics

Posted: September 24, 2021
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The materials science and engineering undergraduate program ranks 12th in the nation and is tied with Purdue University according to the recently released report by U.S. News & World Report. We continue to be in excellent company among peer institutions thanks to the hard work of our faculty, staff and students.

In a message to the department, chair and professor Michael J. Mills shared the news, "This continued strong performance and climb in the rankings over the past several years is due to the efforts of faculty and staff in delivering a high-quality program to our undergraduate students, which has been recognized by peer institutions in the materials community. Congratulations to you for your dedicated efforts that continue to produce such impressive results."


September 23, 2021   |   College of Engineering

Ohio State Engineering continues climb in undergraduate program rankings

In U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges issue, Ohio State’s undergraduate engineering program again ranks first in Ohio and 16th among public universities nationwide. Among both public and private institutions, Ohio State’s College of Engineering ranks 27th, up one spot from last year.

The Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering’s undergraduate program ranked sixth in the nation, the highest of Ohio State’s 10 departments or specialties that received enough votes for inclusion.

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Other Ohio State engineering undergraduate programs ranking among the nation’s top 25 include materials engineering (12), electrical engineering (16), industrial/manufacturing engineering (16), aerospace engineering (19), mechanical engineering (21) and chemical engineering (23). Electrical engineering improved its ranking the most since last year, moving up eight spots from 24th. Civil engineering and computer engineering programs also qualified to appear in this year’s rankings, both at 27th.

U.S. News and World Report began evaluating undergraduate computer science programs in a separate category last year. In this year’s issue, Ohio State improved four spots to rank 37th among 538 programs nationally and 18th among public universities.

The publication’s rankings of undergrad engineering programs accredited by ABET are based solely on the judgments of deans and senior faculty at peer institutions. Those same respondents also were asked for nominations of the 15 best engineering programs in 12 specialty engineering areas. Those receiving the most mentions in each appear on the site ranked in descending order as long as the program received seven or more nominations in that specialty area.

To be included in the computer science peer assessment survey and ranked, a program must either have been accredited by ABET or have recently awarded 20 or more bachelor's degrees in computer science.

In March, The Ohio State University College of Engineering’s graduate program ranked first in Ohio and 16th among all public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Graduate Schools issue.

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