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The College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU-Boulder is a tier-one professional school—one of the top-ranked engineering schools in the nation.

The following rankings, published annually by U.S. News and World Report, are based on a survey of 212 engineering schools that grant doctoral degrees. Note that specialty rankings are not available in all disciplines at the undergraduate level, and not all disciplines are ranked every year. 

Undergraduate Engineering Programs

  • 32nd overall and 18th among public engineering programs nationwide (America's Best Colleges 2017)

Graduate Engineering Programs  

  • 33rd overall and 18th among public engineering programs nationwide (Best Graduate Schools 2017)

Specialty Rankings

Aerospace Engineering

  • 12th overall and 8th among public undergraduate programs (2017)
  • 8th overall and 5th among public graduate programs (2017)

Chemical Engineering

  • 18th overall and 12th among public undergraduate programs (2017)
  • 15th overall and 9th among public graduate programs (2017)

Civil Engineering

  • 24th overall and 16th among public graduate programs (2017)

Computer Engineering

  • 48th overall and 27th among public graduate programs (2017)

Computer Science

  • 40th overall and 22nd among public graduate programs (2017)

Electrical Engineering

  • 38th overall and 25th among public graduate programs (2017)

Environmental Engineering

  • 21st overall and 14th among public graduate programs (2017)

Mechanical Engineering

  • 34th overall and 19th among public graduate programs (2017)

Online Graduate Engineering

  • 49th overall and 37th among public graduate programs (2015)

Additional Rankings

Boulder is the No. 1 city in the U.S. for tech start-up density, according to a joint report issued in August 2013 by the technology policy coalition Engine and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

The American Institute of Economic Research ranked Boulder the No. 3 small city on its College Destinations Index for 2012-13.

The Center for World University Rankings ranks CU-Boulder #11 among U.S. public comprehensive institutions and #46 overall in the world in its 2013 ranking of the top 100 degree-granting institutions of higher education.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks CU-Boulder among the top 100 values in higher education.

The National Research Council rankings of doctoral programs in America, updated in April 2011, ranked three of CU-Boulder's six engineering PhD programs in the top 10 or top 10 percent. For more information, go to the NRC website.

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