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.

The Dwight Look College of Engineering is tied for 16th place overall in engineering programs at all public and private national universities, with Rice University, Penn State and Virginia Tech also sharing in that ranking. The Look College moved up one place from last year in the 2012 rankings, which were released Sept. 12.

The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering was ranked fourth 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 were: aerospace, 9; chemical, 12; civil, 8; industrial, 5; and mechanical, 8.

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 ranked second nationally among public institutions by the magazine in the "Great Schools, Great Prices" category, the only public university in Texas to be included in the list. The only public university to rank higher is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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 2013 ratings by U.S. News & World Report, and it maintains its overall second-place ranking in that key assessment of national public institutions.

Texas A&M remains among the top 25 public universities overall in the annual rankings announced by the magazine in advance of its “Best Colleges” guidebook that is scheduled to be on newsstands Sept. 18, according to an announcement by the publication’s editors. As in previous years, the publication’s “national universities” rankings are dominated by private universities. Texas A&M is tied for 23rd place among publics, sharing that distinction with Purdue University, and is tied for 65th overall with Purdue and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The University of California, Berkeley, is the top-ranked public university, with an overall ranking of 21st, and Harvard University is the overall leader.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the only public university to rank higher than Texas A&M in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. Texas A&M is ranked 19th overall and is joined by Rice, at 10th place, as the only ranked Texas institutions in that category.

Mays Business School at Texas A&M moved up significantly in both overall and public university rankings, jumping eight places among undergraduate business programs at national public universities and 12 places overall to tie at 14th and 24th, respectively. It shares 14th place in the public category with the University of Arizona, Arizona State, Michigan State and the University of Washington. Overall, Boston College and Batson College, both private institutions, join in the 24th-place rankings.