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UC San Diego Engineering Rises to #11 in the Nation in US News and World Report Best Graduate Schools Rankings

San Diego, CA, March 12, 2019 -- The Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego has jumped to #11 in the nation in the new US News and World Report Ranking of Best Engineering Schools. This ranking is up from #12 last year and #17 just three years ago.

“These rising rankings reflect both the positive momentum and the world-class stature of the Jacobs School of Engineering,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “Year in and year out, the faculty, students and research staff of the Jacobs School come together to solve the toughest, most relevant engineering and computer science challenges facing society.”

In the same US News and World Report Ranking of Best Engineering Schools, the Jacobs School moved to #6 among public engineering schools, up from #7 last year and #10 three years ago.

“Our faculty, staff, and students have done it again. Congratulations and thank you,” said Albert P. Pisano, Dean of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. “Our continued rise in the rankings reflects the hard work and talents of the many, many people responsible for our across-the-board excellence.”

“The jump to 11 from 17 in three years is only part of the story,” said Pisano. “At the same time, we’ve made investments for continued upward momentum well into the next decade.”

This fall for example, UC San Diego plans to break ground on Franklin Antonio Hall, which is the university’s new engineering research and education facility. The building is named in honor of UC San Diego engineering alumnus Franklin Antonio who made a generous gift in 2017.

“Franklin Antonio Hall will help take us where we need to go next, in terms of cutting-edge research, education, industry collaborations, and entrepreneurship,” said Pisano. “We are investing in the Jacobs School to ensure continued excellence, relevance and impact as we work to leverage engineering for the public good.”  


US News Rankings: Jacobs School of Engineering

The Jacobs School also ranks #3 in the nation among public engineering schools for research expenditures per faculty member, according to the new US News rankings. The Jacobs School performed $188 million in research during the 2017-2018 fiscal year, which is a 25 percent increase from the Jacobs School’s research expenditures four years ago.

The biomedical / bioengineering graduate program at the Jacobs School ranks #5 in the nation. Bioengineering at UC San Diego has been ranked first by the National Research Council since its founding 50 years ago. Learn more.  

Computer engineering at the Jacobs School ranks #12 in the nation, up from #15 last year. The computer engineering graduate program is a collaboration between the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Electrical / electronic / communications engineering ranks #13
Mechanical engineering ranks #17
Aerospace / aeronautical / astronautical engineering ranks #20
Civil engineering ranks #21 (Structural engineering Dept)
Materials engineering ranks #30
Chemical engineering ranks #56

(Computer science graduate programs were not ranked this year by US News.)
See all Jacobs School rankings here.


Franklin Antonio Hall

Franklin Antonio Hall has been designed from the ground up to support and facilitate the unprecedented collaborations between academia and industry that are necessary for solving engineering grand challenges for the global good.

At the same time, the building will support the Jacobs School’s strategic growth. Over the last five years, the Jacobs School has hired more than 90 faculty into its six academic departments. Graduate enrollment is also on the rise. The Jacobs School’s graduate enrollment for Fall 2018 is more than 2,900 students, which is up from 1,715 five years ago.

Collaborative research spaces called “collaboratories” make up the heart of Franklin Antonio Hall. Each collaboratory will house multiple professors and their respective research groups.

The professors within each collaboratory will come from a mix of different academic disciplines. Co-locating diverse yet complementary research groups will encourage the interdisciplinary systems-level collaborations necessary for solving the toughest challenges facing humanity.

Media Contacts

Daniel Kane
Jacobs School of Engineering

Katherine Connor
Jacobs School of Engineering