UCSD and UCI Engineering, Medical Schools Climb in U.S. News Rankings

4.4.05 - The 2006 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools hit newsstands and bookstores today, with good news for academic partners of Calit2 at its two member campuses. UC San Diego and UC Irvine chalked up gains in the annual rankings put together by U.S. News & World Report of graduate programs at private and public universities.

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UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering climbed two spots to rank 11th among 179 engineering schools, and 6th in the nation among public universities. UC Irvine's The Henry Samueli School of Engineering climbed three spots to 40th in a tie with two other universities. "UCI's continuing improvement in the U.S. News rankings, combined with our steadily increasing extramural research funding and growing caliber of our faculty, are all testimony to our continual rise as one of the nation's best research universities," said William H. Parker, UCI's vice chancellor for research and dean of graduate studies, and former Calit2 director at Irvine.

With $138.3 million in federal, state and industry research support in fiscal 2004, the Jacobs School ranks second in the nation for research expenditures per faculty member, reflecting UCSD's leadership as a research university. All five of the Jacobs School's academic departments had programs ranked in the top 20, including the Department of Bioengineering which ranks 2nd in the nation for biomedical/bioengineering.  Other highly ranked disciplines include computer engineering (16); electrical-electronic-communications (18); mechanical engineering (18); aerospace engineering (20); and civil engineering (16).

Several of the Samueli School's specialty areas ranked in the top 50, including aerospace-aeronautical-astronautical (29), biomedical/bioengineering (40), civil (31), computer (43), electrical-electronic-communications (49), environmental-environmental health (34), materials (45) and mechanical (30).

For the first time, UCI's School of Medicine was named one of the top 50 graduate programs for research nationwide, ranking 46th in a tie with three other universities. The UCSD School of Medicine ranks 14th in the category of research-focused medical schools and 7th in the nation for primary care among 123 medical schools. The School of Medicine ranks 2nd in the country for research expenditures per faculty member. Among the medical specialties, UCSD's AIDS program is ranked 7th, the drug and alcohol abuse program is 11th, and internal medicine is 18th in the nation.

UCI's Graduate School of Management (now The Paul Merage School of Business) tied as the nation's 49th best business program. The school also ranked 11th in the specialty area of information systems, and its executive M.B.A. program ranked 20th. UCSD's graduate Rady School of Management was not ranked because it only opened its doors to students in 2004.

The professional school rankings are based on surveys of peers and professionals outside academe, and objective criteria such as research activity and student selectivity.   Rankings of program specialties are based on peer assessment surveys. The magazine's rankings for engineering, medicine, and the social sciences and humanities were based on new surveys conducted in 2004. 

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