The Tickle College of Engineering ranked 32nd amongst public institutions in the US in the 2022 U.S. News and World Report graduate school rankings, which came out this morning. The ranking places the college in the top 21st percentile of public graduate programs of engineering.
The ranking is the same as last year, helping to maintain the college’s standing as a strong engineering program. For the second year running, the college’s score by graduate recruiters rose.
“The Tickle College of Engineering takes great pride in providing a world-class education to our students,” said Interim Dean Matthew Mench. “What is even more exciting to me is the progress we have continued to make over the past decade in building for our future. I am happy to see that even during such a tumultuous year, we have maintained our momentum, and I look forward to all the great things I know are coming. This is a very exciting time to be a Tennessee Engineer.”
Nine of the college’s disciplines now rank inside the top 40 among public institutions in their respective fields.
- Aerospace engineering rose one spot to 27th,
- Biomedical engineering rose four spots among public programs to 58th,
- Biosystems engineering, which is run through the Herbert College of Agriculture, stayed at 23rd among publics,
- Chemical engineering came in 48th among publics,
- Civil engineering tied for 39th, placing it in the top 35th percentile among publics,
- Computer engineering tied for 33rd, placing it in the 31st percentile among publics,
- Electrical engineering rose one spot to 29th; placing it within the top 21st percentile among publics,
- Industrial and systems engineering saw the biggest climb, moving up nine spots among public programs to 32nd,
- Materials science and engineering moved up three spots to 28th, placing it within the top 35th percentile among publics,
- Mechanical engineering tied for 38th, placing it in the top 29th percentile among publics, and
- Nuclear engineering rose one spot to come in tied 7th overall nationally, 6th amongst public programs, and in the top 24th percentile among publics.
U.S. News and World Report ranks graduate programs each spring based on dean and department head votes in the fall, with undergraduate programs being ranked in the fall from spring votes.
The rankings are meant to help the next round of students make decisions, so the year given for rankings is always one year ahead, meaning this round was the 2022 graduate rankings.
Colleges as a whole are ranked based on a variety of factors, including peer and recruiter perception, research expenditures, doctorate degrees granted, and enrollment, while department rankings are based solely on perception scores from other department heads.