• October 25, 2014

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Chemical Engineering

The National Research Council assessed programs according to 21 different criteria. Here are the NRC's five major ratings summarizing those criteria. For a detailed explanation, see our FAQ.

S-Rank: Programs are ranked highly if they are strong in the criteria that scholars say are most important.
Research: Derived from faculty publications, citation rates, grants, and awards.
Students: Derived from students' completion rates, financial aid, and other criteria.
Diversity: Reflects gender balance, ethnic diversity, and the proportion of international students.
R-Rank: Programs are ranked highly if they have similar features to programs viewed by faculty as top-notch.
Institution, program S-Rank High S-Rank Low Research High Research Low Students High Students Low Diversity High Diversity Low R-Rank High R-Rank Low
Arizona State U.
Chemical Engineering
34 70 32 78 30 86 11 37 46 71
Auburn U.
Chemical Engineering
80 103 67 99 26 84 66 92 70 95
Brown U.
ENGINEERING: Fluids, Thermal, and Chemical Processing
26 67 35 83 8 83 40 74 41 74
California Institute of Technology
Chemical Engineering
1 2 1 3 2 42 46 84 1 6
Carnegie Mellon U.
Chemical Engineering
7 28 10 42 3 46 51 84 7 18
Case Western Reserve U.
Chemical Engineering
45 81 40 82 70 100 88 103 32 54
City U. of New York Graduate Center
Chemical Engineering
28 60 28 66 3 48 28 64 43 76
Clarkson U.
Chemical Engineering
59 84 65 93 3 41 7 22 64 89
Clemson U.
Chemical Engineering
46 85 34 84 25 85 72 98 48 78
Colorado State U.
Chemical and Biological Engineering
72 100 57 96 8 70 76 100 55 86
Columbia U.
Chemical Engineering
18 54 9 43 55 101 36 73 27 53
Cornell U.
Chemical Engineering
11 40 9 45 4 50 42 75 17 34
Drexel U.
Chemical Engineering
56 87 62 93 19 78 46 85 43 65
Georgia Institute of Technology
Chemical Engineering
10 37 15 53 8 60 20 54 7 22
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chemical Engineering
28 61 44 82 75 101 6 18 56 92
Iowa State U.
Chemical Engineering
36 70 42 86 3 39 10 31 44 69
Johns Hopkins U.
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
16 44 11 38 6 66 55 86 14 30
Kansas State U.
Chemical Engineering
56 86 78 101 2 41 14 44 71 95
Lehigh U.
Chemical Engineering
17 54 13 45 22 83 77 99 14 34
Louisiana State U. at Baton Rouge
Chemical Engineering
79 100 83 101 24 83 30 62 71 91
Massachu-
setts Institute of Technology

Chemical Engineering
3 8 4 17 11 65 58 90 1 4
Michigan State U.
Chemical Engineering
44 81 41 85 23 82 16 45 42 67
Michigan Technological U.
Chemical Engineering
69 104 81 102 24 87 27 65 59 105
Mississippi State U.
Chemical Engineering (degree: Ph.D. in Engineering)
30 65 65 99 1 1 42 80 78 100
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Chemical Engineering
78 102 58 94 54 95 13 38 78 100
New Mexico State U. at Las Cruces
Chemical Engineering
106 106 104 106 104 105 105 106 102 106
North Carolina State U.
Chemical Engineering
13 45 8 37 50 95 47 82 11 25
North-
eastern U.

Chemical Engineering
60 91 63 97 76 101 4 10 62 91
North-
western U.

Chemical and Biological Engineering
7 27 6 36 12 69 18 56 8 20
Ohio State U. Main Campus
Chemical Engineering
18 53 17 56 61 94 41 82 17 40
Ohio U. Main Campus
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
88 103 98 105 5 57 56 91 87 102
Oklahoma State U. Main Campus
Chemical Engineering
90 104 95 106 21 77 54 90 79 98
Oregon State U.
Chemical Engineering
94 105 59 98 103 105 104 106 73 102
Pennsyl-
vania State U.

Chemical Engineering
14 37 25 58 3 47 14 52 19 41
Pennsyl-
vania State U.

Energy and Mineral Engineering-Environmental Engineering (Energy & Geo-Environmental Engineering)
65 95 59 95 55 90 23 53 68 92
Pennsyl-
vania State U.

Energy and Mineral Engineering
70 98 87 105 7 67 1 2 89 105
Princeton U.
Chemical Engineering
3 10 3 11 12 69 53 89 6 12
Purdue U. Main Campus
Chemical Engineering
12 43 19 65 3 45 55 86 10 22
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Chemical Engineering
12 39 14 48 25 79 27 55 23 42
Rice U.
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
31 67 33 78 7 57 36 67 33 57
Rutgers U. at New Brunswick
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
52 88 30 72 46 95 20 50 41 68
Stanford U.
Chemical Engineering
5 19 5 26 52 97 37 75 6 13
Stanford U.
Energy Resources Engineering
34 78 25 72 65 100 16 53 40 77
Syracuse U. Main Campus
Chemical Engineering
83 102 80 98 47 97 59 94 62 87
Texas A&M U.
Chemical Engineering
29 61 46 83 12 72 32 65 26 51
Texas A&M U.
Petroleum Engineering
66 96 77 100 5 54 86 102 51 84
Texas Tech U.
Chemical Engineering
51 92 34 83 62 100 63 95 61 95
Tufts U.
Chemical Engineering
30 65 32 68 7 79 20 60 43 69
Tulane U.
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
32 72 31 79 7 67 19 52 50 74
U. at Buffalo (SUNY)
Chemical Engineering
23 55 19 49 6 55 59 91 19 41
U. of Akron
Chemical Engineering
63 98 53 93 49 98 41 80 75 99
U. of Alabama
Chemical Engineering
60 91 58 94 8 61 6 22 75 100
U. of Arizona
Chemical Engineering
51 88 49 92 21 78 30 61 50 78
U. of Arizona
Environmental Engineering
12 47 14 58 89 103 2 4 80 103
U. of Arkansas Main Campus
Chemical Engineering
64 99 62 99 42 93 55 87 90 103
U. of California at Berkeley
Chemical Engineering
2 5 2 5 10 65 73 97 2 5
U. of California at Davis
Chemical Engineering
13 41 14 50 18 79 4 12 24 44
U. of California at Irvine
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
32 64 46 81 26 93 71 98 56 87
U. of California at Los Angeles
Chemical Engineering
25 62 19 60 18 77 53 90 20 41
U. of California at Riverside
Chemical & Environmental Engineering
11 52 5 30 53 101 50 83 23 55
U. of California at Santa Barbara
Chemical Engineering
1 4 1 3 9 69 67 98 1 6
U. of Cincinnati Main Campus
Chemical Engineering
63 97 43 87 96 103 62 95 47 79
U. of Colorado at Boulder
Chemical Engineering
8 29 6 31 42 91 25 64 10 23
U. of Connec-
ticut

Chemical Engineering Ph.D.
38 67 48 82 2 37 16 46 33 60
U. of Delaware
Chemical Engineering
8 31 12 47 9 60 32 64 10 21
U. of Florida
Chemical Engineering
40 74 36 76 15 71 48 78 23 43
U. of Houston main campus
Chemical Engineering
8 35 6 34 62 97 63 90 15 34
U. of Illinois at Chicago
Chemical Engineering
69 99 56 93 80 101 36 77 64 90
U. of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
6 25 6 36 7 58 55 91 11 24
U. of Iowa
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
46 82 28 70 45 96 4 10 44 72
U. of Kansas
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
52 87 53 97 31 84 6 17 67 94
U. of Kentucky
Chemical Engineering
62 93 53 91 51 96 16 45 73 96
U. of Louisville
Chemical Engineering
82 103 77 101 65 101 93 104 78 101
U. of Maryland at College Park
Chemical Engineering
33 70 47 86 3 48 11 36 38 63
U. of Maryland-
Baltimore County

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
64 96 39 85 94 103 4 8 67 100
U. of Massachu-
setts at Amherst

Chemical Engineering
32 65 25 72 22 79 88 103 24 43
U. of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Chemical Engineering
7 26 9 40 7 60 40 73 7 16
U. of Minnesota-
Twin Cities

Chemical Engineering
4 15 4 22 39 92 95 104 5 11
U. of Missouri at Columbia
Chemical Engineering
103 105 100 106 41 99 14 42 99 105
U. of Missouri at Rolla
Chemical Engineering
86 104 93 105 4 70 15 41 77 99
U. of New Mexico Main Campus
Chemical Engineering
17 50 10 47 40 96 17 44 30 56
U. of Notre Dame
Chemical Engineering
29 63 27 65 4 54 60 88 22 43
U. of Oklahoma Norman Campus
Chemical Engineering
21 55 24 66 5 63 1 3 45 74
U. of Oklahoma Norman Campus
Petroleum Engineering
95 104 97 105 21 81 82 102 75 99
U. of Pennsyl-
vania

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
9 29 11 40 3 44 37 79 11 23
U. of Pittsburgh Main Campus
Chemical Engineering
43 82 29 73 25 82 51 85 41 65
U. of Rochester
Chemical Engineering
8 28 6 33 2 57 27 65 28 55
U. of South Carolina at Columbia
Chemical Engineering
14 52 12 50 26 81 10 32 30 53
U. of South Florida
Chemical Engineering
62 96 45 90 45 94 19 50 73 95
U. of Southern California
Chemical Engineering
22 54 9 34 65 99 9 31 25 49
U. of Tennessee
Chemical Engineering
57 92 60 95 3 41 83 102 57 85
U. of Texas at Austin
Chemical Engineering
3 9 3 16 10 66 91 104 1 5
U. of Toledo
Chemical Engineering
77 101 86 103 16 80 19 47 85 101
U. of Utah
Chemical Engineering
72 101 73 102 43 97 69 96 48 84
U. of Virginia
Chemical Engineering
23 56 16 56 6 58 11 36 22 38
U. of Washing-
ton

Chemical Engineering
19 51 23 61 4 55 42 80 19 36
U. of Wisconsin at Madison
Chemical Engineering
7 29 6 31 14 68 98 104 6 13
Vanderbilt U.
Chemical Engineering
35 67 35 70 30 94 22 53 30 56
Virginia Common-
wealth U.

Chemical and Life Science Engineering
48 91 34 81 69 99 5 25 49 92
Virginia Tech
Chemical Engineering
27 64 31 78 2 27 98 104 30 56
Washing-
ton State U.

School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering
80 102 79 100 13 83 74 100 54 81
Washing-
ton U. in St. Louis

Chemical Engineering
38 79 24 76 53 97 32 76 40 65
Wayne State U.
Chemical Engineering
49 82 47 84 29 90 8 31 56 81
Wayne State U.
Materials Science and Engineering
60 99 4 25 106 106 78 99 97 105
Western Michigan U.
Paper and Imaging Science and Engineering
79 103 67 103 97 104 9 38 105 106
Yale U.
Chemical Engineering
12 47 10 47 16 76 11 44 23 53
Methodology: This interactive tool is based on rankings developed by the NRC. For a complete explanation of the methods the research council used, go to its site; registration may be required.

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