For more than 20 years running, MSOE has been included on several lists within the U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings, which recognize that the university consistently provides students an exceptional educational experience with a high value proposition. That trend continues with the rankings for 2021.  

Once again, MSOE’s engineering programs were named among the best in the United States:

  • 9th Best Engineering Programs overall in the U.S. among engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s
  • 4th Best Computer Engineering Program in the U.S.
  • 5th Best Electrical Engineering Program in the U.S.
  • 11th Best Civil Engineering Program in the U.S.
  • 11th Best Mechanical Engineering Program in the U.S.  

Overall, the university received the following designations in the Midwest:

  • 8th Best University in the Midwest
  • 8th Most Innovative University in the Midwest
  • 12th Best Value School in the Midwest
  • 6th Best University in the Midwest for Veterans  

MSOE was also included among the Best Master of Science in Nursing Programs in the U.S. and listed as a Top Performer in Social Mobility, which measures how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants.  

“Rankings like the U.S. News Best Colleges publicly acknowledge the effort MSOE faculty and staff invest in our students to give them a strong foundation to solve the complex challenges of today and tomorrow,” said Dr. John Walz, president. “We are committed to helping each student develop the MSOE Mindset, and our strong industry partnerships allow us to incorporate high-impact educational practices and enhance their educational programs through experiential learning.”  

The 2021 rankings by U.S. News provide an examination of how nearly 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Rankings are based on several factors and scores are weighted to arrive at a final overall score. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment of excellence, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving. U.S. News uses the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education to group schools into like categories. MSOE is classified as a Regional University.  

U.S. News bases its undergraduate engineering programs rankings on the judgments of deans and senior faculty at peer institutions, who are surveyed each spring and asked to rate each program they are familiar with on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished).  

Read more about all of MSOE’s rankings.