AU graduate programs show improvement in annual U.S. News grad school rankings

AUBURN – Auburn University’s professional and graduate programs in veterinary medicine and engineering, respectively, were among AU programs that improved their standings among public universities in the recently released U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate Schools” rankings.

The College of Veterinary Medicine moved up to 14th from 18th nationally for its professional doctor of veterinary medicine degree and it ranked 11th among public universities. Graduate programs in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering ranked 45th among public universities, up from 46th last year. Overall it ranked 74th among public and private universities with engineering programs accredited by ABET Inc.

“Auburn University has focused its efforts to continually increase our standings in the rankings,” said AU Provost John Heilman. “The faculty and administration of the schools are to be congratulated for setting and achieving higher goals each year.”

AU’s graduate program in rehabilitation counseling, in the Department of Rehabilitation and Special Education within the College of Education, ranked 17th overall and 14th among public schools. U.S. News also ranked doctoral programs in biological sciences and chemistry. In the College of Sciences and Mathematics, the doctorate program in chemistry ranked 60th among public schools and 92nd overall, while the doctorate program in biological sciences ranked 105th from among 253 total universities. U.S. News only rated chemistry and biological sciences this year, having rated other scientific disciplines in prior surveys.

Specific results in the College of Engineering saw civil engineering with a rank of 32nd among public universities and 49th overall; chemical engineering at 33rd among public schools and 52nd overall; electrical engineering at 29th among public schools and 49th overall; computer engineering 31st among public schools and 53rd overall; industrial and systems engineering at 20th among public schools and 27th overall; and mechanical engineering ranked 41st among public schools and 65th overall.

Methodologies for the U.S. News rankings vary by discipline. Factors used in the rankings include the following:

– Engineering: Assessment by peer deans; assessment by corporate recruiters; mean GRE quantitative scores; acceptance rate; student-faculty ratio; percentage of National Academy of Engineering faculty members; doctoral degrees awarded; and total and average faculty research expenditures.

– Health, including veterinary medicine and rehabilitation counseling: Assessment by peer deans, administrators and faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in each discipline.

– Sciences: Assessment by peer deans, department heads and directors of graduate studies at schools that awarded at least five different doctoral degrees.

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