The ranking lauds Texas Tech’s low tuition for engineering students and return on investment for graduates.
Citing the college's low tuition rates and return on investment for graduates, the Whitacre College of Engineering was ranked 30th overall among engineering colleges from universities nationwide.
"This is just another recognition of our outstanding students, faculty and staff and the impact they are having on solving problems facing the state, nation and world," Whitacre College of Engineering Dean Al Sacco Jr. said. "The Whitacre College of Engineering is quickly being recognized as an elite global university training tomorrow's technology leaders today."
The college also ranks in the top 100 in the nation in top public schools and best undergraduate engineering programs by U.S. News and World Report.
Best Value Colleges cited Texas Tech and the Whitacre College of Engineering for its work in wind science and for having one of the largest petroleum engineering departments in the country, providing most of the research that has led to hydraulic fracturing.
One of the original academic departments when the university opened, the college has seven departments offering 12 bachelor's and 13 master's degrees as well as nine doctoral degrees. Best Value lauded the college's work in helping solve societal problems through the application of mathematics, science and ingenuity.
The college offers bachelor of science degrees in:
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Petroleum Engineering
"The college plays an important role in preparing a diverse and talented workforce for the nation as well as providing new knowledge that will drive the economic vitality of the state and the nation," according to Best Value Colleges.