According to U.S. News, the top five graduate schools for engineering are Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford, University of California—Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University and California Institute of Technology. Georgia Institute of Technology, Purdue University—West Lafayette, University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign and University of Michigan—Ann Arbor are all tied for 6th place.
The rankings of these engineering schools were based on quality assessment, student selectivity, faculty resources and research activity.
In order to gauge quality, the surveyors contacted the deans of the engineering departments and asked them to rate their programs on a numbered scale. They also requested ratings of previously ranked schools from corporate recruiters and employees of prominent companies.
The surveyors determined student selectivity by the average GRE scores of incoming students and the reported acceptance rate of each program.
The surveyors determined faculty resources by the student-to-faculty ratio, the percentage of teachers who were members of the National Academy of Engineering, and the total number of doctoral degrees awarded in the preceding year.
Finally, the surveyors determined research activity by the total amount of research funding and the average of research expenditures per faculty member. They then collated these numbers into a final score and ranked those scores to determine the top schools.