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College Undergraduate Program Climbs in U.S. News and World Report Rankings

Students walking in front of Ferris Hall.

The Tickle College of Engineering rose to 34th among public institutions and 63rd among all universities in the 2021 U.S. News and World Report Rankings, released Monday.
Tickle College of Engineering Ranked 34th Among Public Universities according to US News and World Report.
“I am so very proud of our students and the team of faculty and staff in the Tickle College of Engineering who are dedicated to student success,” said Janis Terpenny, who serves as dean and the Wayne T. Davis Dean’s Chair of the college. “Our focus on contributions to solving local, national, and global challenges is a centerpiece for our engineering students’ education. Industry and community partnerships are also key to preparing our scholars to be leaders in discoveries for a better world.”

In a new category separate from the college this year, the college’s computer science program ranked 40th among public schools and 71st among all universities.

“While we’re pleased to be where we are in the initial rankings, we feel like we are on our way up,” said Professor and Department Head Greg Peterson of the Min. H Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. “Our faculty, researchers, and students have us set for future successes.”

“UT offers outstanding educational opportunities for all students across all disciplines with valuable and impactful experiences both in and out of the classroom,” said Provost John Zomchick. “Even through a pandemic we have enrolled more students and retained those from the previous year. Our faculty and students truly embody the Volunteer spirit. They are committed to making this world a richer and better place through their work.”

UT fell eight spots among public schools from last year, due in part to a change in the methodology used by U.S. News, ranking 52nd among all public universities and 112th nationally.

The rankings are based on data gathered in fall 2019 from more than 1,400 institutions on a variety of metrics, including student retention and graduation rates, Pell Grant recipient graduation rates, peer and high school counselor assessments, faculty resources, and alumni giving. U.S. News releases its undergraduate rankings each fall, while graduate schools are ranked in the spring.