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Engineering Graduate Programs at Rensselaer Recognized as Among the Best in the Nation


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March 13, 2014

Engineering Graduate Programs at Rensselaer Recognized as Among the Best in the Nation

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute continues to rank among the nation’s top schools for engineering, according to this year’s list of Best Graduate Engineering Programs by U.S. News & World Report.

The School of Engineering at Rensselaer ranked 38th in the nation, unchanged from last year’s list. Within the school, five graduate programs – aerospace engineering, industrial engineering, materials science engineering, mechanical engineering, and nuclear engineering – were ranked among the top 25 in their field. In total, all 11 engineering graduate programs were ranked within the top 40.

The graduate school ranking is the latest recognition of the Institute’s long-held reputation as one of the nation’s top universities. Last year, U.S. News ranked Rensselaer as 41st in the nation among all among national research universities, and its undergraduate engineering program was ranked 26th.

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer is the oldest technological university in the English-speaking world. For nearly two centuries, the Institute has been a driving force behind breakthroughs in engineering and science in virtually every arena – from transportation and infrastructure to business, medicine, outer space, and cyberspace.

Today, 3,000 undergraduate students and 700 graduate students are enrolled in the School of Engineering at Rensselaer, and 76 percent of incoming first-year engineering students were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class. The School of Engineering’s seven academic departments offer 22 different degree programs. Research conducted at Rensselaer addresses some of the world’s most pressing technological challenges – from energy security and sustainable development to biotechnology and human health – and the School of Engineering’s 140 research-active faculty members are at the leading edge of their fields.

The School of Engineering is one of five schools at Rensselaer, through which students at all levels are engaged in and researching a wide array of critical 21st-century challenges. In addition to Engineering, the university offers more than 145 programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels in the schools of Science; Architecture; Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; and the Lally School of Management; as well as an interdisciplinary degree in Information Technology.


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Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America’s first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, over 30 research centers, more than 140 academic programs including 25 new programs, and a dynamic community made up of over 6,800 students and 104,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include upwards of 155 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration. To learn more, please visit