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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

  • 36th overall and 20th among public engineering programs nationwide (America's Best Colleges 2015)

Graduate Engineering Programs  

  • 34th overall and 19th among public engineering programs nationwide (Best Graduate Schools 2016)

Specialty Rankings

Aerospace Engineering
(among 60 schools)

  • 14th overall and 9th among public undergraduate programs (2015)
  • 10th overall and 7th among public graduate programs (2016)

Chemical Engineering
(among 126 schools)

  • 18th overall and 12th among public undergraduate programs (2015)
  • 16th overall and 11th among public graduate programs (2016)

Civil Engineering
(among 145 schools)

  • 20th overall and 13th among public undergraduate programs (2014)
  • 21st overall and 16th among public graduate programs (2016)

Computer Engineering
(among 143 schools)

  • 38th overall and 22nd among public graduate programs (2016)

Computer Science
(among 177 schools)

  • 40th overall and 21st among public graduate programs (2016)

Electrical Engineering
(among 177 schools)

  • 37th overall and 20th among public graduate programs (2016)

Environmental Engineering
(among 105 schools)

  • 17th overall and 10th among public undergraduate programs (2015)
  • 18th overall and 11th among public graduate programs (2016)

Mechanical Engineering
(among 170 schools)

  • 35th overall and 19th among public graduate programs (2016)

Online Graduate Engineering
(among 74 schools)

  • 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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