LSU College of Engineering Holds Ground Against SEC Peers in Latest Graduate Program Rankings

U.S. News & World Report Ranks College’s Graduate Program Among Top 100

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s College of Engineering offers one of the nation’s top graduate programs, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.” The annual rankings, released Tuesday, show it’s one of nine flagship programs in the Southeastern Conference to land a spot among the top 100 on the coveted list.

In the new report, the LSU College of Engineering’s graduate program ranks No.94, consistent with last year’s placement, and holds its ground against peer institutions like the University of Kentucky and Mississippi State University. The College’s graduate program outpaces those at the University of Alabama, the University of Arkansas, the University of Georgia, the University of South Carolina, and the University of Mississippi.

“This year’s placement in the U.S. News and World Report ranking is a direct result of our dedicated students, faculty, staff, and alumni,” said Richard Koubek, dean of LSU’s College of Engineering. “Not only did the College’s graduate program, as a whole, make the top 100, but the Cain Department of Chemical Engineering’s graduate program climbed to No.54, up three spots from last year.”

Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks professional-school programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine, and for the first time, nursing. The rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. The data come from surveys sent to administrators at nearly 1,900 graduate programs and more than 13,700 academics and professionals in the disciplines.

For engineering graduate programs, specifically, surveys were sent to 215 engineering schools, 196 of which responded. Their placement in the ranking was based on a weighted average of 10 indicators, including faculty resources, research activity and student selectivity, among others.

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For more information contact Sydni Dunn, LSU College of Engineering, 225-578-5706,