HOUGHTON - Michigan Technological University has steadily ranked near the top 50 U.S. schools in terms of the quality of its engineering programs, but a recent ranking put Tech in the top 50 for quantity as well.
The College Database ranked Michigan Tech 14th among the top 50 U.S. colleges and universities for engineering, based on the number of different programs offered. Tech, with an enrollment of 6,945 total students, offers 47 different engineering options, including graduate and undergraduate programs, and minors and certificates. The No. 1 school, Northwestern University, with an enrollment of 23,634, offers 68 programs.
"We are pleased to be recognized as a leader in engineering by this independent group," said Wayne Pennington, interim dean of Tech's College of Engineering, in a Daily Mining Gazette interview. "Our intention at Michigan Tech is to provide a meaningful education to each student in his or her area of interest, and one of the ways we do this is by making available a variety of curricula."
Only four of the top 25 and nine of the top 50 schools have an enrollment of fewer than 10,000 students, with the Missouri University of Science and Technology (8,086 students, 59 programs) ranking second, Colorado School of Mines (6,709 students, 52 programs) ranking fourth and Stevens Institute of Technology (7,208 students, 48 programs) ranking 12th. Tech's 47 programs are one more than the 46 at Purdue University's main campus, and one less than the 48 at University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus.
In terms of the quality of Tech's engineering programs, U.S. News and World Report most recently ranked Tech's undergraduate engineering programs 64th among schools offering doctoral degrees, and graduate engineering programs 89th.
In June, Business Insider combined U.S. News and World Report's rankings and Payscale.com's college salary report to develop rankings to reflect both the reputation and the salaries earned by graduates. Among its list of top 25 underrated schools, Tech was ranked 22nd.
"Overall, despite all the different rankings mechanisms, a top-50 place has some overall consistency and I believe it is a well-deserved recognition of the work of Michigan Tech's faculty and staff," said Max Seel, Tech provost. " Being listed under the top 50 U.S. colleges and universities for engineering is very gratifying."
For the College Database's full top 50 rankings, visit bit.ly/12ArZW0.