U.S. News & World Report has ranked Manhattan College’s school of engineering among the best undergraduate engineering programs in the nation. The College’s ranking appears in the print and online versions of U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 Edition of America’s Best Colleges released this week.
Manhattan College’s school of engineering earned a peer review rating of 2.9 and was ranked tied-42nd among engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s.
U.S. News ranks only undergraduate engineering programs accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The rankings are based solely on a peer survey that consists of deans and senior faculty who rate overall programs and best programs in various specialties. Thirty-eight percent of the individuals surveyed returned ratings.
In the Best Universities-Master’s (North Region) category, Manhattan College ranked 17th, up from tied-19th a year ago. The College received an overall score of 61 (on a scale of 100), an increase of three points. In addition, Manhattan was ranked eighth for economic diversity among top-ranked schools in the Master’s Universities (North) category. Eighteen percent of Manhattan undergraduates received federal Pell grants for low-income students.
“The rankings are confirmation of Manhattan’s standing as one of the best Colleges of its kind, and reflects our constant efforts to strive for greater and greater excellence,” says Dr. Brennan O’Donnell, president of Manhattan College.
The Best Universities-Master’s category includes institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs, but offer few, if any, doctoral programs. The 572 universities in the category are ranked within four geographic areas – North, South, Midwest and West – because they tend to draw students mostly from surrounding states.
The 2010 America’s Best Colleges package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of 15 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate performance (national universities and liberal art colleges).