CHARLESTON, SC - The Citadel School of Engineering climbed two places in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings of the best colleges and universities in the nation.
The School of Engineering has been on a steady rise in the rankings over the last 10 years, hitting No. 21 among 50 schools ranked by U.S. News this year. Last year the engineering school was ranked No. 26. Schools considered in the best undergraduate engineering program category are the 600 colleges and universities nationally that are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
"The rise in our ranking over the last decade demonstrates significant recognition by our peer institutions and colleagues with regards to the exceptional undergraduate engineering programs that we have at The Citadel," said School of Engineering Dean Dennis Fallon. "It is a statement concerning the quality of our curriculum, our graduates, and the faculty in the School of Engineering. I am delighted with the recognition this year."
In addition to its outstanding engineering program, The Citadel remains the No. 2 top public institution in the South and is No. 6 among both public and private regional universities offering up to a master's degree. At No. 6, The Citadel continues to be among the best values in the South, and is one of only two public colleges in its category in the country to be recognized as a best value.
"It's very rewarding for us at The Citadel to see U.S. News and World Report recognize our efforts to provide a top quality academic and leadership experience at an affordable cost," said Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa.
Two new categories this year recognized the college. The first was for institutions most often cited by college presidents, provosts and admissions deans as having faculty with an "unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching." The Citadel is No. 6 in the South for commitment to teaching. And in an examination of college debt, U.S. News compiled a list of schools in which the Class of 2009 graduated with the heaviest and lightest debt loads. The Citadel was among regional universities where the Class of 2009 had the lightest debt load upon graduation.