Eight College of Engineering programs rise in U.S. News undergraduate rankings


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In the recently released 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Undergraduate Schools rankings, eight Penn State engineering specialty disciplines rose from last year’s rankings, with five of the eight disciplines making significant jumps.

Environmental engineering, ranked number 12 in the country, and electrical engineering, ranked number 18 in the country, both jumped up five spots from last year’s report.

Aerospace engineering, ranked number 12 in the country, and computer engineering, ranked 19 in the country, both climbed four spots from last year’s report. Mechanical engineering, ranked number 14 in the country, jumped up three spots.

Three programs — agricultural and biological engineering (remained the same at 10), industrial engineering (up one spot to eight), and materials engineering (up one spot to 10) — are ranked in the top 10 of their specialty categories.

In addition, civil engineering, ranked 13 in the country, jumped up one spot, while biomedical engineering is new to the rankings at number 29 in the country.

Overall, the College of Engineering was ranked 25th in the country.

For the entire breakdown of the College’s rankings in the 2020 Best Undergraduate Schools report, visit engr.psu.edu/facts/rankings.aspx.


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Megan Lakatos




The Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering, established in 1961 and the only aerospace engineering department in Pennsylvania, is consistently recognized as one of the top aerospace engineering departments in the nation, and is also an international leader in aerospace education, research, and engagement. Our undergraduate program is ranked 15th and our graduate programs are ranked 15th nationally by U.S. News & World Report, while one in 25 holders of a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering in the U.S. earned it from Penn State. Our students are consistently among the most highly recruited by industry, government, and graduate schools nationwide.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry. Through an innovative curriculum and world-class instruction that reflects current industry practice and embraces future trends, Penn State Aerospace Engineering graduates emerge as broadly educated, technically sound aerospace engineers who will become future leaders in a critical industry

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