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ECE graduate programs remain among the top in the nation

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By Tom Moone, ECE ILLINOIS
March 15, 2012

  • In recent U.S. News and World Report rankings, ECE remained one of the top-ranked graduate programs in the country.
  • The ECE graduate program in electrical engineering ranked third, and computer engineering was ranked fifth.
  • Overall, the College of Engineering graduate program was ranked fifth in the nation.

Everitt Lab, administrative home of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Everitt Lab, administrative home of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

ECE ILLINOIS is again one of the top-ranked graduate engineering departments in the country for its graduate program, according to the annual survey by U.S. News and World Report.

The graduate program in electrical engineering is tied with UC Berkeley for third, behind MIT and Stanford. The computer engineering program was ranked fifth, behind MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, and Carnegie Mellon.

“These rankings are a nice reminder that our commitment to sustaining our excellence in teaching and research even under challenging economic times is not going unnoticed,” said ECE Department Head Andreas C. Cangellaris. “Our exceptional faculty and our terrific students deserve all the credit for this recognition of our program as one of the best in the nation.” 

The College of Engineering’s graduate program in engineering ranked fifth this year. Ten Illinois engineering programs are ranked in the top 10, and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is ranked first in its field.

Rankings for individual College of Engineering departments:

Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical – 7th
Agricultural – 2nd
Civil – 1st
Computer Engineering– 5th
Computer Science – 5th 
Electrical/Electronic/Communications – 3rd
Environmental – 3rd
Materials – 4th
Mechanical – 7th
Nuclear – 10th
Physics – 9th

Editor's note: media inquiries should be directed to Brad Petersen, Director of Communications, at bradp@illinois.edu or (217) 244-6376.

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