Rice Engineering up four spots in U.S. News Best Graduate Schools

School ranks 29 as eight disciplines rank in top 30.

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The George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University tied for No. 29 among the nation’s leading engineering programs, with all disciplines placing in the top 30, according to the 2022 edition of the U.S. News and World Report ranking of graduate schools.

Overall, Rice engineering was up four spots from last year’s rankings.

“One of our programs is in the top 10 and three are in the top 20. This reflects the outstanding research taking place in our school, led by our world-class faculty, researchers and students. We aspire to be a top-10 school among all private institutions and for more of our programs to rank in the top 10,” said Luay Nakhleh, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering.

Here are Rice engineering’s rankings among disciplines:

Biomedical: tied for 10

Chemical engineering: tied for 26

Civil engineering: tied for 20

Computer engineering: tied for 22

Electrical engineering: tied for 27

Environmental engineering: tied for 14

Materials: tied for 28

Mechanical engineering: tied for 26

The Best Graduate Schools rankings at the school level are based on two sources of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators measuring the quality of a school's faculty, research and students. The discipline rankings are solely based on peer assessment.

To gather the peer assessment data, U.S. News polls deans, program directors and senior faculty to assess the academic quality of programs in their fields on a scale of one (marginal) to five (outstanding).

The data for the rankings in all disciplines comes from statistical surveys of more than 2,081 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 24,603 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2020 and early 2021.