Cullen College improves again in U.S. News & World Report rankings


Stephen Greenwell
The Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston has again increased its ranking in the latest U.S. News & World Report, up one slot to No. 66 in the country.
The Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston has again increased its ranking in the latest U.S. News & World Report, up one slot to No. 66 in the country.

The stature of the Cullen College of Engineering has increased again, as it improved by its ranking by one in the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report, up to the No. 66 rated graduate engineering program in the country.

The college has improved steadily over the past decade. In 2013, the college was ranked No. 78. By 2018, it was up to No. 69. Last year, the school was No. 67.

“The continued recognition of the Cullen College of Engineering in rankings like U.S. News & World Report is a sign of the hard work of the staff and faculty to provide a productive learning environment for students,” said Joseph W. Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the UH Cullen College. “I am proud to oversee the continued growth and refinement of our college's offerings.”

The Cullen College of Engineering's Petroleum Engineering Department is also now Top 10 in the nation, as it improved from No. 11 to No. 9. Mohamed Soliman, the William C. Miller Chairman for Petroleum Engineering, is pleased about the progress it has made since being established as an independent department in 2016.

“Achieving this milestone is due to the hard work of everyone in the department – faculty, staff, and students,” Soliman said. “Our faculty are producing top research and attracting funding from industry, both national and international companies, and national organizations. Our students and students’ organizations are very active, winning many students awards, organizing activities with industry and national labs involvement. Our staff is doing a superb job supporting these activities.”

The biggest individual jump by a department was Biomedical Engineering, from No. 80 to No. 70. The rankings for the other departments at the Cullen College of Engineering are:

  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering: 33
  • Civil Engineering: 65
  • Electrical Engineering: 77
  • Environmental Engineering: 65
  • Industrial Engineering: 54
  • Materials Engineering: 83
  • Mechanical Engineering: 83

As of Fall 2020, the Cullen College of Engineering had about 3,200 undergraduate students enrolled, as well as 499 students pursuing Masters' degrees, and 520 doctoral students. Degrees are offered in biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, geosensing systems, industrial, mechanical and petroleum engineering. The college also offers interdisciplinary graduate programs in subsea, aerospace, space architecture, materials and computer and systems engineering.

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation's best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, project-based learning, high impact research and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation's fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 45,000 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country.

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