MIT Faculty Newsletter  
Vol. XXII No. 1
September / October 2009
Altering the Culture of MIT
Turmoil at Student Support Services
Communicating Across the Curriculum
Testing our Capacity to Govern, Change,
and Be True to our Values
Student Support Services: The Way Forward
MISTI Matches Students with International Work and Research Opportunities
iHouse: An International
Living-Learning Community
OpenCourseWare: Working Through
Financial Challenges
Balancing the Equities
MIT Fourth in Latest U.S. News Poll
New CUP Subcommittee to Implement
HASS Distribution Reform
New Course Catalog for 2009-2010
A Realistic Way to Deal with Global Warming
What Goes Around Comes Around: H1N1 and Extended Outage Planning Viewed Through the Lens of the Blizzard of ’78
Death of UCLA Researcher
Heightens Lab Safety Awareness
Tech Talk Ceases Publication: MIT News Office Launches New Website
UPOP Positions Students
for Professional Success
Teachng this fall? You should know . . .
Undergraduate College Rankings
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MIT Fourth in Latest U.S. News Poll


MIT remained fourth (tied with CalTech, Stanford, and the University of Pennsylvania) 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.

MIT remained second (tied with the University of California at Berkeley) 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, the same as in the 2009 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 (5th) [tied with Purdue]
• Computer Engineering (1st)
• Electrical/Electronic/ Communications (1st)
• Materials (1st)
• Mechanical Engineering (1st)


• Entrepreneurship (5th) [tied with Indiana University]
• Finance (5th)
• Management Information Systems (1st)
• Productions/Operations Management (1st)
• Quantitative Analysis (1st)
• Supply Chain (1st)

Data was taken from the 2010 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”

See "M.I.T. Numbers" for the top 10 rated schools.

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