(PRWEB) September 11, 2013
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Olin College of Engineering as number four in the nation—a jump upward of two ranks from last year's position—among engineering institutions where a bachelor's or master's is the highest degree. The ranking was included in the U.S. News 2014 Best Colleges edition, which was published online September 10.
Olin is listed among the top ranks of institutions widely recognized as the leading undergraduate engineering programs in the nation. Olin shares the number four spot with the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy. Other institutions in the top ten include Harvey Mudd College, Cooper Union, and the U.S. Military Academy.
“We are very pleased that U.S. News has once again recognized the quality of Olin’s innovative engineering program,” said Richard K. Miller, president of Olin College. “We have committed ourselves in our second decade to becoming recognized as the national leader in engineering education innovation, and this ranking—which represents the second straight year our standing has risen significantly—affirms that we are making progress toward this goal.”
U.S. News ranks undergraduate engineering programs accredited by ABET. The rankings are based solely on a survey of engineering deans and senior faculty at all accredited programs, conducted during the spring of 2013. Surveys sent to the dean and a faculty member at each accredited program asked them to rate programs with which they're familiar on a scale from 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished).
Since its inception in the mid-1980s, the U.S. News college ranking, which groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be one of the most comprehensive research tools for students and parents considering higher education opportunities. The rankings may be viewed HERE.