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MIT Ranks No. 1 Among US Engineering Schools

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-For the eighth consecutive year, MIT ranked No l among graduate engineering schools in US News and World Report's annual rating of American graduate schools.

The magazine ranked the MIT School of Architecture and Planning second, three places higher than a year ago. The Sloan School of Management, second in 1996 and first the previous year, dropped to fourth. MIT has been the No. 1 engineering school in the country in every survey conducted by the magazine.

In the 1996 survey, US News and World Report ranked doctoral science programs. MIT and The Univeristy of California -Berkeley finished first in four of six categories. The magazine did not rank these programs this year.

The rankings, which will appear in US News and World Report's March 10 issue, list MIT as No.1 among 219 engineering schools in seven of 12 graduate programs. The Institute tied for second in another and was ranked third in two others. MIT was ranked first in reputation among academics and practicing engineers, first in research and second in faculty resources.

The rankings, which have been coming out for eight years, placed Stanford second among the engineering programs, followed by UCal-Berkeley, the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, Georgia Tech and the California Institute of Technology.

The magazine measured research activity, student selectivity and faculty resources and conducted two surveys to determine reputation. Engineering school deans were asked to rate each program and members of the National Academy of Engineering were asked to name the top 25 programs based on their experience with recent graduates.

MIT was ranked No.1 in the following engineering disciplines: aerospace, chemical, computer, electrical/electronic, material/metallurgical, mechanical and nuclear. The Institute tied for second with Duke in biomedical engineering behind Johns Hopkins and finished third in civil and environmental engineering.

UCal-Berkeley topped the civil engineering schools, followed by Illinois. Stanford was No. 1 in environmental engineering, followed by the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. The two categories in which MIT was unranked - agriculture and industrial/manufacturing - are not offered at the Institute.

MIT finished second among schools that offer master's degrees in architecture, behind Harvard. Deans, top administrators and senior faculty at each school were asked to rank the reputations of the programs by considering a school's scholarship, its curriculum and the quality of its faculty and students.

The Sloan School, fourth among 300 MBA programs, trailed Stanford, Harvard, and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Sloan's rating of 98.7 was a mere 1.3 points behind Stanford's top score of 100.

The Sloan School was rated No.1 in management information systems, production/operations management and quantitative analysis. Sloan was rated fourth in real estate and fifth in finance.

The top six graduate schools of business all were rated No. 1 in reputation by the academics polled. The University of Chicago finished fifth and at Northwestern University's Kellogg School was sixth.

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