Ranked Among the Nation’s Best

The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering was ranked among the Top 10 in the nation with the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering ranked No. 6 according to U.S. News & World Report’s recent 2016 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.” 

U.S. News’ graduate rankings, separate from the magazine’s yearly ranking of undergraduate programs, are among the most prestigious ratings in higher education. The rankings are based on quantitative and qualitative measures, including GRE scores, student/faculty ratio, research expenditures, job placement success and ratings of academic experts, national faculty members and administrators.

“I’m tremendously proud of our graduate programs and the students, faculty, and administrators who make them the centers of excellence they are,” said President Bill Powers. “Graduate education is a critical link in the higher education ecosystem, and the fact that more than 50 of UT Austin’s programs rank in the Top 15 testifies to the university’s remarkable breadth and depth.”

The Cockrell School has a total of eight specialty programs in the Top 15 and is actually recognized as No.5 among public universities. Cockrell School graduate degree programs ranked in the Top 10 this year are:

  • Civil Engineering, No. 3
  • Chemical Engineering, No. 6
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering, No. 6
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering, No. 8
  • Computer Engineering, No. 9
  • Electrical Engineering, No. 10

More than 2,100 students are currently enrolled in the Cockrell School’s 13 graduate degree programs, where they work alongside world-renowned faculty. The Cockrell School’s 27 research centers and affiliated research units provide graduate students with the opportunities to focus on various high-demand areas that impact society and improve lives across the world.

Several other graduate schools at UT Austin remain nationally ranked according to U.S. News & World Report data from 2012-2014 that was not revised this year. (The publication does not rank every discipline in every year).

These top rankings for graduate programs are also consistent with other rankings for UT Austin, which has been named the 28th best university in the world (Times Higher Education), the 53rd best overall university in the United States (U.S. News & World Report) and the 14th best value among public colleges (Kiplinger). UT Austin has maintained high levels of excellence and improved in many rankings despite cuts in state support during the past decade.

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