University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering


Academic programs

Highly ranked

In the U.S. News & World Report 2013 rankings of the best engineering graduate schools, the UW-Madison College of Engineering is 17th, while at the undergraduate level, the college
is tied for 13th.

Undergraduate program rankings

  • Biomedical engineering—tied for 18th
  • Chemical engineering—tied for 3rd
  • Civil engineering—tied for 12th
  • Computer engineering—14th
  • Electrical engineering—16th
  • Industrial/manufacturing engineering—tied for 7th
  • Materials engineering—14th
  • Mechanical engineering—15th
  • Nuclear engineering—2nd


With opportunities to study under internationally renowned faculty and research staff in highly ranked programs, our graduate students are among the world's elite. They are highly sought for faculty positions at major universities and for leadership and technical roles in government and industry.

Graduate program rankings

  • Biomedical engineering—tied for 23rd
  • Chemical engineering—8th 
  • Civil engineering—tied for 17th
  • Computer engineering—tied for 13th
  • Electrical engineering—tied for 15th
  • Engineering Professional Development, distance degrees—3rd
  • Environmental engineering—tied for 16th
  • Industrial/manufacturing engineering—10th
  • Materials engineering—16th
  • Mechanical engineering—tied for 21st
  • Nuclear engineering—3rd


Faculty excellence

  • 28 professors named to the National Academy of Engineering
  • 3 professors named to the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2 professors named to the Institute of Medicine
  • 120 faculty recipients of National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator, PECASE, or CAREER awards
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