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College climbs in undergraduate rankings

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NC State University and the College of Engineering both rose in the U.S. News and World Report annual rankings of U.S. colleges and universities.

For 2024, NC State was ranked 60th in the United States on the main Best National Universities list. It moved up one place to 28th among public institutions.

For engineering specifically, NC State was ranked 30th on the list of Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs, moving up three spots from last year. Among public institutions, NC State ranked 17th for its engineering program. Its computer science program moved to 50th, rising four spots from last year’s ranking.

This is the best-ever showing for NC State in the U.S. News and World Report rankings.

For undergraduate specialties, NC State ranked seventh in biological and agricultural engineering, 12th in industrial engineering, 15th in environmental engineering, 17th in chemical engineering, 20th in materials engineering, 21st in civil engineering, 25th in both computer engineering and mechanical engineering, and 26th in electrical engineering. NC State has traditionally ranked very high in nuclear engineering, but U.S. News and World Report did not release a nuclear engineering undergraduate program list for 2024.

The Best Colleges list, published annually by U.S. News and World Report, assesses more than 1,500 public and private colleges and universities on a set of 19 weighted indicators. Over the past several years, NC State has made significant strides in the overall rankings — jumping a total of 32 spots since 2017 to this year’s ranking of 60th best in the nation.