Cal Poly Named Nation’s Top State-Funded Engineering College

September 13, 2012

Contact: Amy Hewes
Cal Poly Engineering

Cal Poly’s College of Engineering was named the nation’s top state-funded undergraduate engineering program in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 America’s Best Colleges guidebook.

Cal Poly Named Nation’s Top State-Funded Engineering College

The only public institutions listed ahead of Cal Poly were the federally-funded U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.

The magazine rankings are based solely on a survey of engineering deans and senior faculty at all accredited programs that grant bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Universities that grant doctorates are ranked separately.

“Cal Poly has ranked among the nation’s very best engineering colleges for more than a dozen years because of a number of factors,” noted Cal Poly Engineering Dean Debra Larson.

“We have a very high national profile first and foremost because of our outstanding student teams. Our Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and aeronautical design teams, to name a few, win national competitions year after year. The achievements of these outstanding students enhance our fame.

“Cal Poly also tops the national ranking because so many of our faculty members participate in external activities and conferences that boost scholarship and innovation in engineering and education. Many Cal Poly Engineering faculty members, in fact, collaborate with colleagues from other universities on important applied research,” explained Larson.

“I’ve said it before: our exceptional reputation is about Learn by Doing, which means outstanding students and a great faculty focused on student learning and student projects,” she said. “And while it’s an honor to be ranked so high, it’s important that we continually improve to meet the evolving needs of industry and society. That’s why our college motto is ‘Learn by Doing, lead with innovation.’”

College of Engineering programs also ranked high in the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs in their individual specialty categories. The university’s computer, electrical and mechanical engineering programs were each ranked as the top program at a public university. Cal Poly’s civil and environmental engineering, as well as the university’s aerospace engineering program were ranked the second best programs at a public university.

For the 20th straight year, Cal Poly as a whole has been rated the best public-master’s university in the West. Cal Poly ranked sixth in the magazine’s overall list of the West’s best universities, including both public and private institutions that provide “a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs but few, if any, doctoral programs.”

The U.S. News rankings are available at .

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