MIT places seventh overall in U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings of the United States’ best colleges and universities, which were released today. The Institute maintained its long standing as the nation’s top undergraduate engineering program at a doctoral institution, and as the No. 2 undergraduate business program.
All rankings went online today and can be viewed at: http://www.usnews.com/colleges.
MIT shares this year’s overall No. 7 slot with Duke University and the University of Pennsylvania. Princeton University occupies the top slot, followed by Harvard University, Yale University and Columbia University. Stanford University and the University of Chicago are tied for fifth. Last year, MIT tied for sixth place with Stanford.
Among individual factors contributing to overall institutional standings, U.S. News ranked MIT first in selectivity, a criterion encompassing undergraduate acceptance rate, number of incoming students in the top decile of their high school class, and standardized test scores; the Institute tied with Princeton and Harvard on these metrics.
MIT shared top billing with Princeton, Harvard and Stanford in assessments by presidents, provosts and top admissions officials at peer institutions. MIT also tied for first — with Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Cornell University — in the assessment of high school guidance counselors.
As last year, among undergraduate engineering specialties, MIT ranks first in six categories: aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering; chemical engineering; computer engineering; electrical/electronic/communications engineering; materials engineering; and mechanical engineering. The Institute’s undergraduate programs in biomedical engineering and in engineering science/engineering physics are each ranked third, and its undergraduate program in civil engineering ranks fourth.
Other schools in the top five overall for undergraduate engineering programs are Stanford, the University of California at Berkeley, the California Institute of Technology, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
In undergraduate business specialties, the MIT Sloan School of Management ranks first in productions/operations management and quantitative analysis/methods. MIT Sloan ranks second in management information systems and supply-chain management/logistics, and third in finance and entrepreneurship.
Pennsylvania’s undergraduate business program ranks No. 1 overall; MIT is tied with Berkeley and the University of Michigan in second place. New York University and the University of Virginia are tied for fifth.