Wentworth Posts Dramatic Rise in U.S. News’ 2017 Engineering Rankings Category

October 6, 2016

Wentworth Posts Dramatic Rise in U.S. News’ 2017 Engineering Rankings Category

Wentworth Posts Dramatic Rise in U.S. News’ 2017 Engineering Rankings Category

Institute also recognized in Money magazine and premier Wall Street Journal rankings

The 2017 Best Colleges rankings from U.S. News & World Report—released Sept. 13, 2016—have Wentworth Institute of Technology tied at #42 nationally in the category for Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs Whose Highest Degree is a Bachelor’s or Master’s.

The placement represents a marked advancement for the Institute within that field. For 2015, Wentworth was tied at #80 in this category. A year earlier, in the 2015 U.S. News Best Colleges edition, the Institute was ranked at #104 among the cadre of Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs Whose Highest Degree is a Bachelor’s or Master’s.

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According to the guide’s criteria for that category, U.S. News ranks undergraduate engineering programs that are accredited by ABET—the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

“The rankings are based solely on surveys of engineering deans and senior faculty at accredited programs. Participants were asked to rate programs with which they’re familiar on a scale from 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished); the two most recent years’ survey results were used to calculate the peer assessment score.”

Wentworth was ranked in several other categories for the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges Guide.

The Institute is tied for #57 in Regional Universities (North) out of 137 ranked schools in this category (top 41 percent) and 187 total schools in this category (top 31 percent). This is a new classification for Wentworth, which previously has been placed in a smaller cadre within a Regional Colleges (North) category. In essence, the new category puts Wentworth in a much larger field, in competition with colleges and universities whose names and programs are nationally recognized.

In a much smaller group, last year Wentworth ranked #13 in Regional Colleges (North) out of 44 ranked schools in this category.

Wentworth’s move from Regional Colleges to Regional Universities is explained in “Frequently Asked Questions” published by U.S. News: “For the 2017 edition of Best Colleges, U.S. News re-categorized schools based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

“The U.S. Department of Education and many higher education associations use the system to organize their data and determine colleges’ eligibility for grant money. U.S. News came up with its own category names—National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities, and Regional Colleges—but their definitions rely on the Carnegie principles.

“As a result of implementing the Carnegie system updates, around 12 percent of ranked schools for the 2017 edition of Best Colleges have moved into different categories; for example, a university categorized previously as a Regional University may now be a National University.”

For 2017, Wentworth is #34 in Best Universities (North) for Veterans out of 52 ranked schools in this category.

A U.S. News & World Report article (Sept. 13, 2016) features Wentworth as a leader in the co-op arena, reporting that, “Most schools are not as far along the career-prep path as Wentworth.” Read the article on the official website. 

In its latest rankings published in July, Money magazine places Wentworth at 443 among 706 schools nationwide. Money ranks colleges on a combination of educational quality, affordability, and alumni success. It also adjusts some of its success measures for the demographics of each school’s student body. 

In its first college rankings, published in September, The Wall Street Journal places Wentworth at 478 out of 500 schools nationally. There are approximately 5,300 colleges and universities in the United States, from smaller specialty institutions to the larger, elite schools, so making the WSJ list is viewed in higher education circles as a significant accomplishment. 

The WSJ rankings focus on student experience and alumni success after accounting for the student body’s demographics. They do not take things like tuition prices or generosity of financial aid into consideration.  

Website BackgroundChecks.org also honored Wentworth recently, naming it to its “Safest Colleges in Massachusetts 2016” list.


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