Breaking down the U.S. News rankings
Earlier this week, U.S. News & World Report released its “2014 Best Colleges Rankings,” where Penn State was ranked No. 8 among all public national universities and the College of Engineering was ranked No. 19 among undergraduate engineering programs.
U.S. News ranked the following undergraduate programs:
- Aerospace Engineering: 12th
- Chemical Engineering: 17th
- Civil Engineering: 14th
- Engineering Science and Mechanics: 10th
- Industrial Engineering: 6th
- Materials: 10th
- Mechanical Engineering: 16th
The University’s undergraduate programs in biological engineering, bioengineering, computer engineering and electrical engineering were not ranked.
According to U.S. News, the undergraduate results are based solely on the peer judgments of deans and senior faculty who rated each program using a scale of 1 to 5 in a mail survey.
U.S. News does not include the disciplines of architectural engineering, computer science and nuclear engineering as part of its survey.