What a difference two years makes. In 2014, when we last listed the top 20 US undergraduate engineering schools, we came up with a markedly different list than we have here in 2016. One of the elements that has changed is our process for selecting the top schools. In the past, we used a limited set of sources. This year we extended our research to include a larger number of sources.
While we took a wide range of school rankings into consideration, we focused primarily on four sources: US News and World Report, CollegeChoice.net, Graphiq, and Business Insider. We considered other sources, but these four contained the best evaluation criteria we could find.
One of the lists used peer assessment entirely. Another source considered student selection standards, test scores, faculty quality, department quality, and starting salaries. One included a mix of tuition cost and the school's reputation in the field of engineering. Yet another source used recommendations from engineering employees at the most popular technology companies.
We then scored the schools by considering its ranking in each list to come up with our presentation of the top schools. We believe ours is a credible list simply because of the vast range to criteria included in the mash up.
Did your school make the grade? Tell us in the comments!
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.