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The School of Public Health climbed into the top 10 schools of its kind in this year’s U.S. News & World Report national ranking of graduate schools, and the College of Engineering’s biomedical engineering department rose to the number 9 position among similar graduate school departments.
“This reflects the extraordinary work of our faculty, students, and staff over the school’s history,” says Sandro Galea, who took over as SPH dean from longtime dean Robert Meenan (MED’72, Questrom’89) in January. “It also represents a recognition of our commitment to be both a global leader in public health scholarship and to train the next generation of the public health workforce with a real-world approach to empowering communities, locally and globally.”
SPH tied for 10th with the UCLA School of Public Health, moving up one spot from the last U.S. News ranking in the category, in 2011.
The BU College of Engineering jumped three places overall in the most recent rankings, to a tie for 37th, with the University of California, Irvine, in its category, while the college’s biomedical engineering department rose four spots, from 13th to a tie for 9th, with Rice University, overall.
“The College of Engineering is now ranked the highest it has ever been, a reflection of our increasing excellence across all of our departments and divisions,” says Kenneth R. Lutchen, dean of ENG. “Particularly gratifying is the recognition of our biomedical engineering department, ranking in the top 10 alongside departments at MIT, Stanford, and Berkeley, which are housed in engineering schools that are ranked one, two, and three overall by U.S. News.”
Business, education, engineering, law, and medical schools are ranked annually based on a mix of quantitative data and subjective assessments by academics and professionals in the appropriate discipline. Department and specialty rankings are based on peer assessments alone.