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Record number of undergrad specialties ranked by US News


In U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges rankings, more departments within The Ohio State University College of Engineering placed among the nation’s top programs than ever before. Overall, Ohio State’s undergraduate engineering program again ranks first in Ohio, and 16th among public universities nationwide. Among both public and private institutions, Ohio State’s College of Engineering ranks 29th, up one spot from last year.

David Tomasko teaching undergrads
In the 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings, the William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering's undergraduate program in chemical engineering ranked #21 out of 28 programs ranked. At the undergraduate level, programs are only included in rankings if they receive enough votes for inclusion, so it is significant to get ranked at all.

In 2019, the last time CBE's undergraduate chemical engineering program was ranked, it was #27 out of 28 programs that were ranked that year.

For other undergraduate engineering programs in the College of Engineering at large, the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering’s undergraduate program ranked 7th in the nation, the highest of Ohio State’s 10 departments that received enough votes for inclusion. Other Ohio State engineering undergraduate programs ranking among the nation’s top 25 include materials engineering (13), industrial/manufacturing engineering (14), aerospace engineering (18), computer engineering (20) and mechanical engineering (21). Civil engineering, electrical engineering and biomedical engineering programs also qualified to appear in this year’s rankings, at 25th, 27th and 33rd, respectively.

U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of undergrad engineering programs accredited by ABET are based solely on the judgments of deans and senior faculty at peer institutions. Those same respondents also were asked for nominations of the 15 best engineering programs in specialty engineering areas. Those receiving the most mentions in each appear on the site ranked in descending order as long as the program received seven or more nominations in that specialty area.

In March, the College of Engineering’s graduate program was ranked first in Ohio and 14th among all public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Graduate Schools issue.