What a difference between the ranking of the top graduate engineering programs compared with the top undergraduate engineering schools . While the top 10 schools were mostly the same for undergraduate rankings and the grad school list, the next 10 filling out the top 20 were almost completely different.
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We took a look at a number of school rankings, focusing primarily on the US News and World Report list and the rankings by Payscale.com. One of the main considerations we took into account was salary levels of the graduates by early career and during mid-career.
One of the lists considered student selection standards, test scores, faculty quality, department quality, and starting salaries as the criteria. Another included a mix of tuition cost and the school’s reputation in the field of engineering. Recommendations from engineering employees at technology companies were also taken into consideration.
Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 15 years, 12 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.