U.S. News & World Report Ranks Rensselaer Among Nation’s Top Universities
Undergraduate School of Engineering Jumps Two
Notches to 15th
Troy, N.Y. — U.S. News & World Report once again
places Rensselaer among the nation’s top 50 universities and
rates the undergraduate engineering program at 15th in the
nation, a jump from 17th last year. Rensselaer also ranks 34th
as a “great school at a great price,” up from 42nd last
The rankings appear in the magazine’s Sept. 23 issue and in
“America’s Best Colleges,” the publication’s
best-selling guide for prospective students and their parents.
Both publications will appear on newsstands Sept. 16.
“Rensselaer students are enjoying an exciting and
forward-thinking atmosphere on campus and in the classroom,”
said William “Bud” Baeslack, dean of engineering. “In the past
year the School of Engineering alone has hired 22 new tenured
or tenure-track junior and senior faculty, an amazing statement
of confidence in Rensselaer when other universities are facing
Overall, Rensselaer has hired 41 new faculty members this
year. In addition, E. Fred Schubert, a leader in solid-state
lighting, was appointed head of the Future Chips Constellation,
one of the key research areas under the Rensselaer Plan.
Rensselaer has launched new construction projects totaling
$255 million, which includes construction now under way on the
new Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies. In
addition, a new Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center
will be built in 2004.
Recently, a new fitness center was built, a new “wired”
residence hall was completed, and the Student Union underwent
complete renovation. Also, $35 million in residence hall
renovations were completed.
Rensselaer has also initiated a new graduate tuition and
student support policy and has increased the geographic,
intellectual, gender, and cultural diversity of the incoming
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