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MIT ranked as nation’s No. 7 university by U.S. News

Undergraduate engineering program is again No. 1; undergraduate business program is No. 2.
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MIT again holds the No. 7 slot in U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings of the United States’ best colleges and universities, which were released today.

The Institute maintained its standing as the nation’s top undergraduate engineering program at a doctoral institution, a position it has held since 1990. As was the case last year, MIT was also rated as the top university in six individual engineering disciplines.

MIT tied with the University of California at Berkeley as the nation’s No. 2 undergraduate business program; its undergraduate programs were also ranked No. 1 in four business subfields, up from two last year, with new top ratings in entrepreneurship and management information systems.

All rankings went online today and can be viewed at: http://www.usnews.com/colleges.

The overall institutional ranking is unchanged from last year, when MIT tied for No. 7 with Duke University and the University of Pennsylvania — which both share the No. 8 slot this year. Princeton University holds this year’s top slot, followed by Harvard University and Yale University. Columbia University, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago are tied at No. 4.

Among individual factors contributing to overall institutional standings, U.S. News ranked MIT first in selectivity, a criterion encompassing undergraduate acceptance rate, number of incoming students in the top decile of their high school class, and standardized test scores; the Institute tied at No. 1 with Caltech on these metrics.

MIT shared top billing with Harvard and Stanford in assessments by presidents, provosts, and top admissions officials at peer institutions. MIT also tied for first — with Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and Stanford — in the assessment of high school guidance counselors.

As last year, 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 engineering science/engineering physics ranked second (tied with Stanford and Berkeley), and its undergraduate program in biomedical engineering ranked third.

Other schools in the top five overall for undergraduate engineering programs are Stanford, Berkeley, Caltech, and Georgia Tech.

In undergraduate business specialties, the MIT Sloan School of Management ranks first in four areas: entrepreneurship; management information systems; productions/operations management; and quantitative analysis/methods. MIT Sloan ranks second in two additional disciplines: finance and supply-chain management/logistics.

Penn’s undergraduate business program ranks No. 1 overall; MIT is tied with Berkeley in second place. The University of Michigan and New York University round out the top five undergraduate business programs.

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