For the third year in a row, MIT 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 continued its long run as the nation’s top undergraduate engineering program at a doctoral institution, tying this year with Stanford University in the No. 1 position. MIT was also rated as the top university in seven of the 12 individual engineering disciplines assessed by U.S. News and World Report, up from six last year; no other institution is No. 1 in more than one engineering discipline.
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 three business subfields.
MIT’s overall institutional ranking is unchanged from last 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, MIT shared top billing with Harvard and Stanford in assessments by presidents, provosts, and top admissions officials at peer institutions. MIT also tied Harvard for first place in the assessment of high school guidance counselors.
U.S. News ranked MIT second 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 Chicago on these metrics, trailing only Caltech.
MIT ranks first in seven engineering specialties: aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering; chemical engineering; computer engineering; electrical/electronic/communications engineering; engineering science/engineering physics; materials engineering; and mechanical engineering. The Institute’s undergraduate program in biomedical engineering tied for fourth, with Rice University and Stanford.
Other schools in the top five overall for undergraduate engineering programs are Stanford, Berkeley, Caltech, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
In undergraduate business specialties, the MIT Sloan School of Management ranks first in three areas: management information systems; productions/operations management; and quantitative analysis/methods. MIT Sloan ranks second in two additional disciplines: entrepreneurship and supply-chain management/logistics, and fourth in finance.
The University of Pennsylvania’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.