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Bourns Ranks High in U.S. News & World Report List

Bourns College of Engineering Moves up on U.S. News & World Report Ranking

Graduate programs improve overall while one program catapults from No. 50 to No. 39.

(April 30, 2009)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — UCR’s Bourns College of Engineering made notable improvements on the 2010 U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Graduate Schools released Thursday, April 23. Bourns improved its overall ranking from No. 38 to No. 35 among public schools of engineering.

The largest gain in rankings was among environmental engineering programs, in which Bourns moved up to No. 39 from No. 50 last year. The publication listed UCR's Electrical Engineering Department with a ranking of No. 57. The Computer Engineering Department ranked No. 58 in a seven-way tie.

“While these rankings are not the final word, they are a nice indication of our growing national prominence as we enter our 20th anniversary year,” said Dean Reza Abbaschian. “We have distinguished ourselves in many areas besides our ranking on this list. In addition to offering B.S., M.S. and Ph.D degrees in multiple disciplines, we believe that our ability to provide close student-faculty collaboration in the classroom and in the laboratory continually sets us apart from other colleges.”

Each year, U.S. News ranks professional programs in engineering. These rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research, and students. These data come from surveys of more than 1,200 programs and some 11,000 academics and professionals that were conducted in fall 2008.

Business, education, engineering, law, and medicine professionals who hire new graduates also were surveyed.

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