MIT Faculty Newsletter  
Vol. XXI No. 1
September / October 2008
Silence of the Lions
MIT's New Supercomputing Network
Problems in Evaluating
Four-Year Colleges
Agenda Items: New and Old
An Update on the Educational Commons Subcommittee
Teaching this fall? You should know . . .
Moving From Two Degrees to
Double Majors
MIT 4th Best College,
Top Engineering School
Darwin Bicentenntial Events
Planned at MIT
What is the Global Education and Career Development Center?
The First Step Toward Solving Global Warming: Getting MIT to Listen
MISTI Announces the
MISTI Global Seed Funds
Workplace 2.0: Improving Generativity, Creativity, and Faculty Quality of Life
Why So Few Faculty
are Involved in Service
Research Expenditures by Primary Sponsor (1999-2008)
Printable Version

MIT 4th Best College, Top Engineering School


MIT jumped to fourth (from seventh) in the latest U.S. News & World Report undergraduate national universities rankings, announced in the magazine’s “America’s Best Colleges” issue published in late August. The Institute also maintained its place as the number one undergraduate engineering school in the country.

The Institute remained second to the University of Pennsylvania in the undergraduate business school category, while Harvard, Princeton, and Yale were ranked first to third, respectively, in the national universities rankings.

Categories (and weights) used by U.S. News to judge colleges include:

• Peer assessment (25%)
• Faculty resources (20%)
• Graduation and retention rate (20%)
• Student selectivity (15%)
• Financial resources (10%)
• Alumni giving (5%)
• Graduation rate performance (5%)

U.S. News also rated individual engineering and business departments. [Note that not all programs are rated each year.] Several of the Institute’s programs in these areas were ranked in the top five. They are:


• Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronomical (1st)
• Biomedical/Biomedical Engineering (5th)
• Chemical Engineering (1st)
• Civil Engineering (3rd)
• Computer Engineering (1st)
• Electrical/Electronic/Communications (1st)
• Environmental/Environmental Health (4th)
• Materials (4th)
• Mechanical Engineering (1st)


• Entrepreneurship (5th) [tied with U. of Arizona]
• Management Information Systems (1st)
• Productions/Operations Management (1st)
• Quantitative Analysis (1st)
• Supply Chain (1st)]

Data was taken from the 2009 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”

Back to top
Send your comments