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. Programs in the department of Materials Science and Engineering in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences are consistently rated highly in many rankings, including U.S. News & World Report. Here are a few examples of recent rankings, primarily relating to our academic standing.
U.S. News and World Report Rankings
- #11 in Materials Engineering (2021)
- #10 in Materials Engineering (2021)
Best Global Universities
- #26 in Materials Science (2020)
Penn State World Campus's online programs are among more than 1,200 programs surveyed by U.S. News and World Report and are ranked best in the nation. Only regionally accredited institutions whose programs are offered mostly or entirely online were evaluated.
- #8 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs (tie)
- #6 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans (tie)
- #6 in Best Online Master's in Engineering Programs
- #5 in Best Online Master's in Engineering Programs for Veterans
Note that specialty rankings are not available in all disciplines at the undergraduate level, and not all disciplines are ranked every year.
QS World University 2020 Rankings by Subject
- #29 - Materials Science
ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020 - Materials Science & Engineering
National Science Foundation Research Expenditure Rankings
The breadth of Penn State’s research expertise surpasses that of any university in the country, according to the latest National Science Foundation rankings of Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) research expenditures by key fields and subfields, released in November 2019.
In terms of total research expenditures, the University rose from 23rd nationally in fiscal year 2017 to 21st in fiscal year 2018, with record expenditures of $968 million.
- #1 in Materials Science
- #2 in Materials Engineering
- #4 in total overall Engineering