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

AUBURN – Several Auburn University graduate programs in engineering and education improved their standings in the recently released U.S. News and World Report “Best Graduate Schools” rankings.

The graduate program in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering moved up to 69th from 73rd nationally, is rated 41st among public universities and 24th among the 53 land-grant research universities. Also improving in that college is chemical engineering (50th nationally, 32nd among public universities) and mechanical engineering (62nd nationally, 37th among public universities).

Auburn’s doctoral program in the College of Education saw a jump to 71st from 77th nationally, is rated 50th among public universities and 24th among the 53 land-grant research universities.

“Improving the quality of our academic programs is our major priority at Auburn University,” said Auburn Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Mary Ellen Mazey. “We are pleased that the new graduate rankings indicate we are making progress toward this priority.  I commend all of those who played an important role in improving the rankings of our graduate programs.”

In the social sciences, Auburn’s graduate program in psychology was ranked 103rd nationally and 67th among public universities, while the English program was rated 94th nationally and 59th among public universities.

Specific results in Auburn’s College of Engineering saw industrial systems engineering 26th nationally and 19th among public universities; electrical engineering 50th nationally and 29th among public universities; civil engineering with a rank of 58th nationally and 38th among public universities; and computer science and software engineering 58th nationally and 33rd among public universities.

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

Contact: Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)