"America's Best Colleges:" four national honors

Aug 22, 2008

The 2009 edition of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report says Kettering University is in the Top Five in two categories and in the Top Twenty in the United States! Plus, Kettering is a "Programs to Look For" with MIT, Cincinnati, Drexel and more!

Kettering University is highly ranked in the 2009 “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report. Kettering is nationally ranked in the Top Five in two categories and in the Top Twenty overall in the United States! Kettering is also part of the select “Programs to Look For” national listing – the only Michigan school to earn this distinction! Kettering's category is Undergraduate Engineering schools, whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's degree. "U.S. News & World Report" released the rankings Aug. 22.

Here’s an overview of the 2009 rankings:

Kettering is again among the “schools with outstanding examples of academic programs that are commonly linked to student success,” according to the editors at U.S. News & World Report. Only 14 institutions received this national distinction for 2009.  The 14 institutions are:
Alverno College (WI)
Berea College (KY)
Drexel University (PA)
Elon University (NC)
Georgia Institute of Technology
Kettering University (MI)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New York University
Northeastern University (MA)
Portland State University (OR)
Purdue University – West Lafayette (IN)
Rochester Inst. of Technology (NY)
University of Cincinnati (OH)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)

Other rankings in the 2009 “America’s Best Colleges” guide:

Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering
Kettering is in the Top Five in the United States:
1. Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo
2. Kettering University
3. Bradley University (IL)
3. Rose-Hulman (IN)
3.San Jose State University (CA)

Mechanical Engineering
Kettering is in the Top Five in the United States:
1. Rose-Hulman (IN)
2. Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo
3. Cooper Union (NY)
4. Harvey Mudd (CA)
5. Kettering University

Overall ranking – Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s)
Kettering is the Top Twenty in the United States:
1. Rose-Hulman (IN)
2. Harvey Mudd College (CA)
3. Cooper Union (NY)
4. Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo
5. United States Military Academy (NY)
6. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (MA)
6. U.S. Naval Academy (MD)
8. Bucknell University (PA)
8. U.S. Air Force Academy (CO)
10. Villanova University (PA)
11. Milwaukee School of Engineering (WI)
12. Calif. State Poly University – Pomona
12. Embry Riddle Aeronautical U (FL)
12. Rowan University (NJ)
12. San Jose State University (CA)
12. Swarthmore College (PA)
17. Kettering University
17. Lafayette College (PA)
17. Smith College (MA)
17. Union College (NY)2
21. Baylor University (TX)
21. Gonzaga University (WA)
21. Santa Clara University (CA)
21. U.S. Coast Guard Academy (CT)
21. University of San Diego (CA)
21. Virginia Military Institute (VA)

Dr. Michael Harris, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said Kettering’s excellence in preparing future leaders for a global society is being enhanced by several new academic majors and minors.  “Our new degree programs in Chemical Engineering and the new Pre-Med Course of Study, plus our new specialty program in Aerospace, will deepen the depth and breadth of our offerings in the sciences,” he explained.  “Our students know how to apply their education to innovate and design solutions for real-world problems.”

Harris noted that being one of the best undergraduate engineering programs in the country does have its challenges.  “When you are a leader, you always have to work hard to sustain your position and be current and relevant. Kettering’s reputation in industry and business is superb, and we will continue to strengthen our standing among our educational peers in the coming year.  While peer review is valuable,” he added, “Kettering is tops in its core competencies, as represented by the number of alumni who are captains of business and industry.”

For more information on how U.S. News calculates the rankings, visit: http://www.usnews.com/articles/education/best-colleges/2008/08/21/how-we-calculate-the-rankings.html 

To view all the rankings, visit: usnews.com. Highlights of the college rankings will be published in the Sept. 1 issue of U.S. News & World Report, available for newsstand purchase on Monday, Aug. 25.  The 2009 "America's Best Colleges" guidebook will be available on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Written by Patricia Mroczek
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