College of Engineering programs rank in U.S. News 'Best Global Universities'


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Several of Penn State’s programs in the College of Engineering have made a strong showing, nationally and worldwide, in the recently released U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Global Universities” for 2020.

According to U.S. News, these rankings focus on institutional research through reputation surveys and research metrics. The survey encompasses the top 1,500 institutions across 81 countries and measures factors such as global and regional research reputation, publications and citation impact.

Overall, Penn State’s programs in engineering rank at No. 16 among U.S. institutions, and 68 worldwide; with mechanical engineering at No. 9 nationally and 51 worldwide; civil engineering at No. 10 nationally, 62 worldwide; and computer science at No. 23 nationally, 94 worldwide.

Among U.S. public universities, Penn State’s overall engineering programs rank at No. 10.

For more information about how the rankings were calculated, visit the U.S. News website.


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Megan Lakatos



With more than 60 faculty members, 330 graduate students, and 800 undergraduate students, the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering embraces a culture that welcomes individuals with a diversity of backgrounds and expertise. Our faculty and students are innovating today what will impact tomorrow’s solutions to meeting our energy needs, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems. We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S.) graduate degrees in mechanical engineering. See how we’re inspiring change and impacting tomorrow at

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