Originally published September 13, 2011

Milwaukee School of Engineering earned the 19th spot on U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 list of Best Universities in the Midwest. MSOE was ranked 11th in the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs category among engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s. New this year, MSOE was ranked in the “Best Universities in the Midwest” category. In past years, MSOE was included in the “Best Colleges in the Midwest” category.

About the rankings:
The 2012 rankings by U.S. News provide an examination of how more than 1,600 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of 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 and alumni giving. Many schools switched categories this year. U.S. News used the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s recently announced changes to its Basic Classification to determine which category a school belonged.

MSOE officials noted that while the survey results are very gratifying, results should not be overemphasized by students or their families during the college selection process. Choosing a college is an individual decision that should be made by students and families based on the student’s individual needs. Students come to MSOE because of its focus on laboratory experience and career practice, expert faculty dedicated to student learning, its small college feeling within a vibrant downtown neighborhood, extremely high placement rates for graduates and the success of its alumni.

MSOE is an independent university with 2,400 students. MSOE offers 18 bachelor’s degrees and 10 master’s degrees in the engineering, engineering technology, building and infrastructure engineering, health-related engineering, computer, business and nursing fields. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; and extremely high placement rates and starting salaries. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.