US News Ranks UCI Undergraduate Engineering Program 21st Among Public Universities

The Samueli School of Engineering's undergraduate program, ranked 21st among public universities, offers degrees in a wide range of traditional and emerging fields. Photo credit: Engineering Student Council

Sept. 14, 2020 - U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Irvine’s undergraduate engineering program 21st among public universities nationwide in its 2021 list of “Best Colleges,” released today. Among both private and public institutions, the Samueli School ranked 37th, up two spots from last year.

U.S. News rankings of undergraduate engineering programs accredited by ABET are based solely on assessments from deans and senior faculty at peer institutions. The UCI Samueli School is among 206 undergraduate engineering programs in the country that also offer doctoral degrees in engineering.

“We are pleased to see our rankings improve,” said Michael Green, interim dean of the UCI Samueli School of Engineering. “Our dynamic undergraduate program continues to draw high-achieving students who are attracted to an experiential learning approach and want more than a textbook education.”

UCI claimed the No. 8 spot this year, among best public universities. It ranked second in the subcategory of social mobility, which considers the graduation rates of students awarded Pell Grants. Begun in 1983, the annual U.S. News ranking is one of the most influential in the country, with ratings derived from 15 diverse indicators of academic quality. Evaluators considered 1,922 institutions for the 2021 list.

 -Lori Brandt