U.S. News – EE Grad Program #13 Public

U.S. News and World Report’s “2024 Best Graduate Engineering Schools Rankings” ranks UCSB’s EE graduate program at No. 13 among public institutions and No. 23 overall in the nation

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From the COE News article "Ranked Among the Nation's Best”

The UC Santa Barbara College of Engineering and its graduate programs continue to rank among the upper echelon of universities in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2024 Best Graduate Engineering Schools Rankings. The annual report, released April 25, evaluated 202 engineering schools that granted doctoral degrees. The UCSB College of Engineering ranked No. 14 among public universities and No. 27 overall.  All five UCSB engineering programs evaluated this year ranked in the top 19 among public universities, including one in the top 6, three in the top 12, and four in the top 13. 

The materials graduate program ranked third among public universities and sixth overall out of 117 institutions that offered doctorate degrees in materials. The chemical engineering program ranked seventh among public universities and eleventh overall out of 131 private and public institutions.  Out of 186 electrical engineering graduate programs, UCSB’s ranked No. 23 overall and No. 13 among public institutions. The mechanical engineering graduate program ranked No. 19 among public universities and No. 33 out of 183 private and public institutions. Out of 206 schools with computer science programs, UCSB ranked No. 24 overall and No. 12 among public universities. The program continued its steady climb in the rankings, climbing 13 spots overall and six among public universities since 2018.

Information used to compile the report included surveys submitted by engineering school deans and recruiters, as well as statistical data that included metrics such as acceptance rate, research activity, and student-to-faculty ratio. UCSB ranked fourth among public universities in the highest percentage of faculty in the National Academy of Engineering (10.1 percent). 

Specialty rankings, such as chemical engineering and materials, were based solely on peer assessments by department heads in each specialty area. U.S. News conducted peer assessment surveys in fall 2022 and early 2023 for specialty rankings.

COE News "Ranked Among the Nation's Best”

U.S. News and World Report “2024 Best Graduate Engineering Schools Rankings”