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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 college of engineering is ranked 16th overall in engineering programs at public and private national universities, tied with Virginia Tech.

The Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering had the highest ranking at second overall and among public institutions in the nation, while the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering was fourth in both categories. Biological and agricultural engineering is part of both the college of engineering and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at Texas A&M.  

The Department of Aerospace Engineering moved up one spot overall to 11th and maintained its ranking at 7th among public and private universities.

Other specialties ranked among public institutions were: civil 8th; industrial 9th; and mechanical 8th. Overall, civil was 12th; industrial 13th; and mechanical 15th.

U.S. News & World Report does not rank nuclear engineering every year. The last time the magazine surveyed this area, Texas A&M’s nuclear engineering program was third (second public).