ECE Undergraduate Programs Rank in Nation's Top Ten

 *Kaplan/Newsweek* Call Carnegie Mellon a "New Ivy"

August 21, 2006

U.S. News & World Report magazine's annual survey of "America's Best Colleges" ranked Carnegie Mellon's undergraduate specialty area in computer engineering third and electrical engineering, eighth. The undergraduate engineering program also placed eighth on the listing. Carnegie Mellon's undergraduate programs ranked 21st overall.

Kaplan/Newsweek's annual "How to Get Into College" guide named Carnegie Mellon among the "New Ivies," which the magazine defines as "schools with exceptional academic programs and campus offerings that have seen a rise in stature to rival the Ivy League and other traditional academic powerhouses in competing for the nation's top students." The university was one of 25 schools selected as a "New Ivy" based on admissions statistics and interviews with administrators, students, faculty and alumni. The guide, published in conjunction with Newsweek's "25 Hot Schools" issue, also rated Carnegie Mellon 75th among "The Top 100 Global Universities."

Carnegie Mellon continues to make a strong showing in another magazine "best" category—that of "Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects." The magazine lists, but does not rank, universities in this category. Carnegie Mellon has been listed among the "Programs to Look For" in undergraduate research and creative projects since the listing started five years ago. The university also ranked 33rd in the nation in the "Great Schools, Great Prices" category, and was included in the listings for economic diversity and international students.

U.S. News & World Report's overall rankings were determined by several measures, including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources (spending per student), graduation rate performance (the difference between actual and predicted graduation rates), and alumni giving rates. For a complete look at the rankings, visit www.usnews.com.

Source: Excerpted from a Carnegie Mellon News release by Teresa Thomas and Jenni King.

ECE's undergraduate programs ranked in the nation's top ten and Carnegie Mellon's undergraduate programs ranked 21st overall in *U.S. News & World Report.*