University Ranks Fifth in West; Engineering Program Ninth in Nation by U.S. News & World Report


University Ranks Fifth in West; Engineering Program Ninth in Nation by U.S. News & World Report
Engineering student Dana Lundy launches his model rocket as part of a project in the Aero 102 class. The College of Engineering was recently ranked ninth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
Edward Hohmann, dean of the College of Engineering, says the recent ranking by U.S. News & World Report “demonstrates the hard work of the engineering faculty and staff over the last decade.”

It is often said that some of the best and brightest college grads come from Cal Poly Pomona, and a recent report ranking the university among the top in the nation and region only serves as more validation.

Cal Poly Pomona is ranked fifth on the western regional list of “Top Public Universities” at schools whose highest degree is a bachelor?s or masters, according to the U.S. News & World Report?s recently released “America?s Best Colleges 2004 Edition.” The College of Engineering is ranked ninth in the nation on the list of “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs” at schools whose highest degree is a bachelor?s or master?s.

Rankings are calculated by surveying deans and senior faculty from schools nationwide, who rated each program they were familiar with on a scale from 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished). Cal Poly Pomona received a peer assessment score of 3.3.

The engineering program is also tied for fifth ranking in the Specialties ? Industrial/Manufacturing category.

“I?m elated. This demonstrates the hard work of the engineering faculty and staff over the last decade,” says Edward Hohmann, dean of the College of Engineering.

“It?s good for the students, both in terms of attracting them and ensuring the steady stream of employers that we already enjoy,” he says.

Hohmann attributes the college?s success to a longstanding engineering program that graduates a large number of high-quality engineers each year.

Established in 1957, the College of Engineering has been a leader in the education of exemplary engineers for more than 45 years. With an active enrollment of 4,300 students, the college graduates one out of every 14 engineers in the state. Featuring one of the largest undergraduate engineering enrollments west of the Rockies, the university?s College of Engineering has Southern California?s only accredited manufacturing engineering program as one of its nine disciplines. It also has the largest engineering technology program west of the Mississippi.

“We?re a unique place to obtain an engineering degree. Our program offers not just the knowledge, but the application of the knowledge,” says Hohmann.