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UCF Engineering Programs Climb in National Rankings

By: Kimberly J. Lewis | March 19, 2019

Six programs within the University of Central Florida’s College of Engineering and Computer Science advanced in the latest U.S. News and World Report national rankings, with three moving up 10 or more spots from last year.

University-wide, 27 UCF programs were nationally ranked this month in the top 100 of their fields, and 35 graduate programs total were included in U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 Best Graduate Schools edition. This is a record number of programs ranked for the university.

The list shows the university’s upward trajectory in the number of programs on the top 100 list; there were 18 programs ranked in 2017. The rankings measure the quality of 800 schools’ faculty, research and students, and are based on peer and expert opinions.

The UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science retains its rank in the top 100 at #75 overall among 199 engineering schools ranked nationwide.

UCF’s engineering and computer science programs ranked in the top 100 are:

  • Industrial Engineering (No. 36)
  • Computer Engineering (No. 52)
  • Electrical Engineering (No. 53)
  • Materials Science and Engineering (No. 57)
  • Environmental Engineering (No. 63)
  • Civil Engineering (No. 65)
  • Mechanical Engineering (No. 65)
  • Computer Science (No. 82)

The most significant gains in rankings were Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering, which jumped 11 spots and 13 spots respectively. Mechanical Engineering advanced 10 spots.

“Our graduate programs have been steadily gaining national and international attention,” said Michael Georgiopoulos, dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science. “From hiring more than 30 faculty in the past two years, to our participation in major nationally-funded research projects, to remaining at the forefront of emerging trends and workforce needs with new degree offerings such as our Aerospace doctoral program and our Smart Cities master’s degree track, we are well-positioned to provide students an outstanding graduate experience.”

“From our growing academic reputation to our successful athletic programs, the University of Central Florida has made impressive gains over the last decade,” says Elizabeth A. Dooley, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The new rankings reflect our focus on student success and faculty excellence and puts us one step closer to reaching our goal of becoming a 21st-century university committed to fueling the talent, ideas and innovation that will drive our community and state forward.”

For a full list of UCF’s Top 100 graduate programs, see the story on UCF Today.

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