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Engineering graduate programs rate highly again

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Daryl Lovell

Cornell’s graduate school programs in engineering rank among the best in the nation, according to 2017 rankings released March 16 by U.S. News & World Report.

Overall, Cornell’s graduate engineering program ranks 12th among U.S. universities, up one spot from its position the previous three years.

“Our graduate programs in engineering are quite strong and continue to be highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report,” said Barbara A. Knuth, senior vice provost and dean of the Graduate School. “I congratulate our faculty, students and staff in these programs for their commitment to academic excellence, discovery and innovation with results.”

Cornell was ranked in the top 10 in several engineering categories, including: biological/agricultural engineering, No. 6; industrial/manufacturing/systems engineering, No. 7; electrical/electronic/communications and mechanical engineering, both No. 8; materials engineering, No. 9; and civil engineering, No. 10. The fields are ranked by engineering school department heads.

“These rankings reflect the strength and depth of Cornell’s graduate engineering programs,” said Lance Collins, the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering. “Our exceptional reputation can be attributed largely to the collaborative culture that enables faculty and students to investigate complex problems that lie at the interface of multiple disciplines.”

Cornell Law School ranked 13th overall for the fourth straight year. Among specialty programs, Cornell ranked 15th in international law for a second consecutive year.

The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management ranked 14th nationally, up two spots from 2015, and has climbed three spots over the past two years.

Cornell ranked No. 18 for medical school research for the second straight year, but made its biggest leap in primary care medicine education, jumping to No. 29 from 49 last year.

In the category of public affairs, Cornell remains in the top 50 nationally at No. 41, down four spots from its position in the most recent previous listing, in 2012.

U.S. News surveys graduate programs in engineering, law, business, medicine and education annually. Data from peer assessment in other areas is collected on a rotating basis. Library and information studies, science, social sciences and humanities programs were not ranked this year.


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