U.S. News & World Report Ranks Texas Tech Grad Programs Among Best

Four Texas Tech University graduate programs have joined the elite ranks of U.S. News & World Report’s top colleges and universities. In the magazine’s yearly assessment of America’s best schools, one graduate program made the rankings as a top 10.

Three College of Engineering graduate programs received rankings, including: the Department of Petroleum Engineering, ranked 10th in the Petroleum category; the Department of Industrial Engineering, ranked 30th in the Industrial/Manufacturing category; and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, ranked 65th in the Electrical/Electronic/Communications category.

"This recognition validates my belief that our programs, faculty, students and graduates are among the best in the nation," said Pamela Eibeck, dean of the College of Engineering. "It is an important component in our visibility with potential students – especially graduate and international students – and we see it as a step toward improving our standings in all areas."

The Department of Psychology’s doctoral program in clinical psychology ranked in the top tier nationally, coming in 92nd out of 100 in the country. The department moved up 22 slots in the past five years, said David Rudd, department chairman.

"It’s the first time we’ve ever had our graduate program ranked in the top 100," Rudd said. "It's a great accomplishment given that the rankings are based on academic reputation, particularly for doctoral programs in clinical psychology with over 400 such programs nationally. It confirms we have a highly productive and respected faculty."

"Being distinguished in this manner allows the College of Engineering and the Department of Psychology to continue to recruit the best graduate students and faculty members to their programs," said Kent Hance, chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. "Top students look to U.S. News and World Report when choosing a university and we stand among the best."

The graduate rankings, available in the April issue of the magazine, were calculated based on a weighted average of 10 indicators including student selectivity, research activity, faculty resources and assessments by peers and recruiters. The graduate rankings can be found at: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/grad/rankings/rankindex_brief.php

CONTACT: Leslie Cranford, Communications & Marketing, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2136, or leslie.cranford@ttu.edu.