August 5th, 2016
The Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) Program at Virginia Tech has been given high honors by US News and World Report. It ranked fourth nationally among all Engineering Science / Engineering Physics undergraduate programs. MIT, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, and Berkeley ranked higher than the Virginia Tech program. Just below VT on the list were Cornell, Stanford, Cal Tech, and Harvard.
The results of this disciplinary survey provide a measure of program standing within the educational community, as each engineering university provides a single survey response for their perception of all programs. The process used to complete the survey varies school to school, but the end result is a standardized report collected by US News. Recognition of unique programs, quality of academic offerings, and notable faculty often help to bolster a school’s chances.
ESM has consistently been one of the highest ranked programs in the College, ranking #5 in 2012, #8 in 2013, and #5 in 2015.