Three Programs Among Top 60 in Best Grad School Rankings

June 18, 2024

BATON ROUGE, LA – In the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of the 2025 Best Engineering Graduate Schools, three of the LSU College of Engineering’s programs were ranked in the top 60 nationally. Additionally, each ranked program in the college improved its rankings over last year’s marks.

In the top 60, the petroleum engineering program was ranked T-11, biological and agricultural engineering was ranked T-29, and civil engineering was ranked T-58.

The full rankings are as follows:

  • College of Engineering – T-124 overall (last year’s ranking was T-121). Tied with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Kansas, and West Virginia University. Top program in Louisiana.

  • Biological/Agricultural Engineering – T-29 overall (last year’s ranking was T-31). Tied with Utah State University.

  • Chemical Engineering – T-67 overall (last year’s ranking was T-72). Tied with Brown University, Howard University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Stony Brook University, Texas Tech University, University of Iowa, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, University of Utah, Washington State University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of South Carolina, Tulane University, and University of Alabama.

  • Civil Engineering – T-58 overall (last year’s ranking was T-60). Tied with New York University, University of Connecticut, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

  • Electrical Engineering – T-102 overall (last year’s ranking was T-112). Tied with CUNY-City College, Kansas State University, New Mexico State University, Oklahoma State University, San Diego State University, University of Rhode Island, Wayne State University, University of Kentucky, University of South Carolina, and University of Alabama.

  • Industrial Engineering – T-77 overall (last year’s ranking was T-79). Tied with West Virginia University and Wright State University.

  • Mechanical Engineering – T-96 overall (last year’s ranking was T-111). Tied with Kansas State University, San Diego State University, Texas Tech University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Rochester, University of Vermont, Villanova University, University of Alabama-Huntsville, and University of Alabama.

  • Petroleum Engineering – T-11 overall (last year’s ranking was T-12). Tied with the University of Wyoming.

The rankings were based on surveys by U.S. News with 219 engineering schools that grant doctoral degrees. Statistical data was collected in fall 2023 and early 2024. Maintaining last year’s revamped focus, the ranking factor weights for this edition again featured an emphasis on research and a reduced emphasis on reputation, faculty resources, and selectivity. U.S. News took this approach based on the knowledge that research productivity is a core attribute of a department enrolling doctorate students. Also, there is increased confidence in research grants data that is validated against what schools reported to the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Criteria was as follows:

  • Research activity – 50%
  • Quality assessment – 25%
  • Faculty research – 20%
  • Student selectivity – 5%

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