College Included in U.S. News & World Report List of Best Graduate Schools

  Brigham Young University's Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering ranks 81st in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2005 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools," with graduate programs in the Department of Mechanical Engineering ranking 53rd and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering listing at 68th. 

This marks the first time the college has been included in the prestigious report. 

"The metrics U.S. News & World Report has used in the past for engineering have been very heavily based on external research funding in the graduate area," said Dean Douglas M. Chabries. "Our aim has always been to be a superb undergraduate institution with excellent graduate opportunities." 

"This year, the report used different ratings, which included the rankings of the other deans, rankings made by recruiters who actually hire our students and the rankings of Graduate Records Examinations scores of students in our program, which are among the highest in the nation," he said. "Using those markers, the excellence of our students, faculty and programs is starting to emerge, for which we are pleased." 

"To make the list of graduate school rankings when we are primarily an undergraduate program is very exciting," he said. "For the first time, they are starting to recognize some of the things we do very well, and we expect that recognition to continue and increase." 

BYU's business and law schools are among the top 50 in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, BYU's graduate program in the College of Nursing is ranked 58th. 

Full ranking reports are available in the newsstand book (2005 edition) "America's Best Graduate Schools" and online at www.usnews.com 

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