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Seven departments and programs in the Bourns College of Engineering move up in 2022 U.S. News rankings

College maintains position within the top 50 public engineering colleges in the country

Seven engineering departments and programs at the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) rose in the rankings of the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools across the following categories: Biomedical, Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical, and the Masters of Engineering Online program (MSOL). 

“In recent years we have hired incredible faculty members who, in partnership with our existing cohort of faculty, are performing groundbreaking, meaningful research,” said Christopher S. Lynch, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering. “In just this past year we have added three major research centers to our portfolio and I look forward to many more research successes this coming year.”

These additions include the Advanced Technologies for the Preservation of Biological Systems, the college’s and UCR’s first successful bid for a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center; a Department of Defense Center of Excellence, the Center for Networked Configurable Command, Control and Communications for Rapid Situational Awareness (NC4), which hosted a kickoff meeting in February 2021; and a Department of Energy Frontier Research Center (ERFC). Read more about these new centers and additional BCOE collaborations and advancements here.

In the Biomedical category, the Department of Bioengineering achieved a significant increase, moving up 10 positions. In the Computer and Electrical categories respectively, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering both earned a spot in the top 35 percent of ranked peer departments.

At the college level, BCOE maintained its position as a top 50 public engineering college in the United States. Among the key factors for this change are BCOE’s increasingly competitive student acceptance rate and recruiters assigning higher scores for the quality of UCR engineering graduates. Within just the last year the acceptance rate of graduate students shifted from 41 percent to 32 percent of applicants being admitted, making UCR engineering as competitive as No. 4 Purdue University and No. 11 Texas A&M University.

With new rankings released in January 2021, BCOE's Masters of Engineering Online program (MSOL) moved up five positions to No. 34 in the U.S. News & World Report Best Online Master's in Engineering Programs. The online Data Science program earned a top 20 position in the Computer Information Technology category. 

For more information about BCOE’s and UCR’s rankings, visit

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