Texas A&M Engineering moves up in latest undergraduate rankings

Texas A&M Engineering ranked eighth among engineering schools at public institutions offering a doctorate, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of the country's undergraduate universities and programs.

For the second year in a row, the Dwight Look College of Engineering moved up one spot, now placing 15th overall in engineering programs at all public and private national universities, tied with Virginia Tech.

The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering moved up one spot to third place overall and among public institutions in the nation. The department is part of both the Dwight Look College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M.

Other specialties ranked among public institutions were: aerospace, 8; civil, 8; electrical, 11; industrial, 7; and mechanical, 10.

U.S. News & World Report does not rank nuclear engineering and petroleum programs every year. The last time the magazine surveyed these areas, Texas A&M's nuclear engineering program was third (second public) and petroleum engineering was first.

Texas A&M University is the only public university in Texas to rank among the top 50 national universities in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category of the 2014 ratings by U.S. News & World Report. Texas A&M maintained its second-place ranking overall in that key assessment of national public institutions.

In addition to ranking second among public universities in “Great Schools, Great Prices,” Texas A&M moved into the top 20 overall among public and private institutions in that category in the magazine’s annual rankings announced today in advance of publication of its “Best Colleges” guidebook for 2014.

The Look College was not the only college on campus recognized. Mays Business School at Texas A&M is tied at 16 place for undergraduate business programs with five other public universities and tied with those same institutions, and with Brigham Young, at 27 overall. The public universities with which it is tied are Arizona State, Georgia Tech, University of Florida, University of Georgia and Michigan State. In departmental specialties in Mays, accounting is ranked 22 overall and management placed 13 overall. The rankings for those two departments among public institutions were not readily available, but they are significantly higher than for the overall rankings, which include private institutions.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are the latest results showing that Texas A&M is continuing to attract positive attention at the national level.

Washington Monthly ranked Texas A&M second among all U.S. universities — public or private — in its rankings announced last month. That publication bases its ratings in large part on universities’ contributions to the public interest through endeavors such as service programs and research that drives economic growth. Texas A&M’s ranking by that publication is higher than for any other institution in Texas.

In July Texas A&M was listed as a “best buy” in the 2014 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges, a publication created by former New York Times higher education editor Edward B. Fiske. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, in announcing its “top 100 best values” in public schools, ranked Texas A&M 18th nationally and tops in Texas.

Also, Texas A&M has been cited as a “cool school” by Sierra magazine. The rankings in the newest issue of the magazine published by the environmentally oriented Sierra Club are based on data provided by institutions that reflect efforts to conserve energy and water, among other factors, and conduct “sustainability learning experiences” for students outside the formal curriculum.