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Program Rankings

For more than 150 years Penn State has been a leader in higher education, as shown by rankings from those who monitor academe from the outside. Here are a few examples of recent rankings, primarily relating to our academic standing.

College of EMS Rankings

Elements of all five academic departments in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences have been or are ranked in the top ten nationally. 

U.S. News & World Report, America's Best Graduate Schools 2017 (programs listed that are in EMS)

  1. Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, 5th
  2. Materials Engineering, 13th

U.S. News & World Report, America's Best Graduate Schools 2014 (programs listed that are in EMS)

  1. Earth Sciences, 6th Overall; specialties ranked below:
  2. Geology, 1st
  3. Environmental Sciences, 2nd
  4. Geochemistry, 2nd

thebestcolleges graduate program rankings for 2015

  1. Paleontology, 3rd

U.S. News & World Report 2016 "Best Colleges" Rankings

  1. Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs, 18th
  2. Materials, 10th

U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings

  1. Materials Science, tied for 38th
  2. Geosciences, 20th

QS World University 2016 Rankings by Subject

  1. Geography, 25th
  2. Earth and Marine Sciences, 31st
  3. Engineering - Mineral & Mining 26th
  4. Materials Science, 28th

National Science Foundation Total S&E Research Expenditure Rankings (For FY2015)
In the most recent institutional rankings released by the National Science Foundation of total research expenditures for science and engineering, Penn State ranked 17th nationally in total research expenditures across the board. EMS programs ranked in the top top twenty are:

  1. Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, 2nd
  2. Total Engineering, 5th
  3. Earth Sciences, 7th
  4. Atmospheric Sciences, 9th
  5. Environmental Sciences, 13th

Penn State Rankings

U.S. News & World Report 2015 "Best Colleges" Rankings

  1. 14th among national public universities
  2. 2nd nationally among "Best Colleges for Veterans" (schools that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees)
  3. 48 overall in "National Universities" category (which includes both public and private institutions)

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-15

  1. 58th for 2014-15

​Kiplinger's Best College Values in public colleges

  1. 56th in the top 100 (among four-year public schools that combine outstanding education with economic value)

U.S. News 2015 Best Online Program Rankings

  1. 1st for best online bachelor's programs in the country in 2015 “Best Online Programs."

Previous EMS rankings

  1. Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, 5th — U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate Schools 2009
  2. Geography, 30th in the world by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014
  3. Geography, 1st — Research-Doctorate Program – National Research Council 1995
  4. Earth Sciences — Ranked 25th in the world by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014
  5. Earth Sciences — Ranked 7th - NSF S&E Research Expenditure Rankings (March 2012)
  6. Geosciences — Ranked 7th – U.S. News and World Report 2006
  7. Materials Science and Engineering, 21st in the world by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014
  8. Meteorology, 8th — NSF S&E Research Expenditure Rankings (March 2012)