Graduateprograms.com Announces Rankings for Top Engineering Grad Programs

Graduateprograms.com announces the Top Engineering Programs in the country for social life, career support, academic competitiveness and financial aid.

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Englewood, NJ (PRWEB) November 20, 2013

Many engineers, regardless of where they work or what their field of expertise, are beginning to regard graduate school as necessary. Engineering's ever-increasing complexity, its cross-disciplinary nature, and its demand for workers skilled both technically and managerially require education above and beyond a bachelor's program.

To help prospective grad students better evaluate their options, Graduateprograms.com compiled and analyzed more than 40,000 ratings posted on the site by graduate students attending more than 1,200 different programs across the country. The ensuing rankings are based solely on the student ratings and reviews posted on Graduateprograms.com from Sept. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2013, using a 10 star system (with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best).

For a complete list of engineering school ratings, please visit http://www.graduateprograms.com/top-engineering-programs. The Top Engineering Programs in the country for social life, career support, quality of network and financial aid are…

Top Engineering Schools for Social Life:
1    Rice University
2    The University of Alabama at Birmingham
3    University of Florida
4    Wayne State University
5    University of California-Riverside
6    Southern Methodist University
7    University of Colorado at Boulder
8    University of Washington Seattle
9    University of Southern California (USC)
10    Milwaukee School of Engineering

Top Engineering Schools for Career Support:
1    Rice University
2    Case Western Reserve University
3    University of California-Riverside
4    University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
5    The University of Alabama at Birmingham
6    Colorado School of Mines
7    Wayne State University
8    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
9    Stanford University
10    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Top Engineering Schools for Academic Competitiveness (healthy peer competition):
1    Rice University
2    Case Western Reserve University
3    The University of Alabama at Birmingham
4    University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
5    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
6    Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
7    Colorado School of Mines
8    University of Southern California (USC)
9    Princeton University
10    University of California-Riverside

Top Engineering Schools for Financial Aid:
1    California Institute of Technology
2    Princeton University
3    University of California-Riverside
4    University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
5    Old Dominion University
6    Milwaukee School of Engineering
7    The University of Alabama at Birmingham
8    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
9    University of Georgia
10    University of Virginia

In addition to rating their respective programs, students often share personal insights on the site as well. One University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Class of 2018 engineering student commented, “One of the major pros of graduate school at UCCS is that many of the students are non-traditional, working students. As a result, the classes and faculty are usually flexible and arrangements can be made to accommodate different work/family commitments. The courses are challenging and relevant to current research areas. The small number of graduate students allows more one-on-one time with professors. The campus is beautiful and the city has much to offer for recreation and outdoor activities.”

Students can continue to review their programs at http://www.graduateprograms.com and qualify to win a $1,000 scholarship, awarded once per semester. Reviews will be incorporated into upcoming program rankings.

METHODOLOGY

Graduateprograms.com reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. These program rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013. Graduateprograms.com assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.

For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., business and management. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program.


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