The George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University rose three spots to 27th among the nation’s top 160 engineering programs, according to the 2020 U.S. News and World Report
ranking of graduate schools.
For the first time, each department and major in the engineering school placed among the nation’s top 30 schools. Rice tied for 27th with Ohio State University, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and the University of Washington.
“I’m pleased to see the improved national rankings. In part, it’s a reflection of how Rice Engineering is judged by peer institutions. It demonstrates the increased visibility, stature and impact of our faculty and staff. Because we continue to recruit outstanding faculty and students at all levels, I'm excited about our future,” said Reginald DesRoches, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering.
The higher ranking can be attributed, in part, DesRoches said, to the school’s peer assessment score (25 percent) and recruiter assessment score (15 percent), both of which increased. Especially noteworthy is the higher ranking for materials engineering.
“I’m also pleased to see the improved ranking of our departments, including materials science and nanoengineering, which went from #37 to #26 in the nation. I want to thank the faculty and staff for their hard work, which ensures we continue to have engineering programs of high quality,” DesRoches said.
Here are Rice engineering’s rankings among departments and majors:
“As noted in our school of engineering strategic plan,” DesRoches said, “‘we will continue to recruit and retain excellent faculty, and foster research productivity and impact by providing state-of-the-art facilities and skilled staff, and we will enhance our national and international visibility by promoting our achievements.’”