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MIT fifth overall among U.S. universities in U.S. News rankings

Undergraduate engineering again ranked No. 1; business No. 2.
Photo: Patrick Gillooly

MIT moved into fifth place overall in U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings of the United States’ best colleges and universities, which were released today. The Institute continues its long standing at No. 1 for undergraduate engineering programs at doctoral institutions, and as No. 2 for undergraduate business programs.

All rankings went online today and can be viewed at

The new overall rankings represent a jump of two slots for MIT, which last year tied for seventh place with the California Institute of Technology. This year, the Institute shares fifth with Caltech, Stanford University, the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania. Harvard University and Princeton University share the top slot, while Yale University is in third and Columbia University is in fourth.

Among undergraduate engineering specialties, MIT ranks first in six categories: aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering; chemical engineering; computer engineering; electrical/electronic/communications engineering; materials engineering; and mechanical engineering. The Institute’s undergraduate program in biomedical engineering ranks fourth.

Other schools in the top five overall for undergraduate engineering programs are Stanford, the University of California at Berkeley, Caltech and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

In undergraduate business specialties, MIT’s Sloan School of Management ranks first in management information systems, productions/operations management and quantitative analysis/methods. It ranks second in supply-chain management/logistics, third in finance and fifth in entrepreneurship.

Penn’s undergraduate business program ranks No. 1 overall, with Berkeley, the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia ranking third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

MIT ranked No. 5 on the list of “best value” schools, and was also mentioned as one of the top places for undergraduate research/creative projects opportunities.

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