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Ranked 13th among public universities in the 2011 U.S. News and World Report rankings of the best U.S. universities.

Ranked 13th in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine national ranking of the best values among public universities.

Beating such storied institutions as Harvard and Yale, deemed the top U.S. university in a Global Language Monitor TrendTopper MediaBuzz Internet analysis.

Ranked 16th among corporate recruiters in a recent Wall Street Journal survey.

Ranked 25th in the Kaplan/Newsweek “Finding the Right College for You” guide.

At 17th, one of only six American public universities in the top 20, and the only Big Ten university in the top 20, of Shanghai’s Jiao Tong University Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Named to Parade magazine’s “College A-List.”

One of seven schools, out of 322 campuses surveyed, to receive the highest possible grade, an A, on the College Sustainability Report Card 2011.

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The atrium of the Mechanical Engineering Building provides ample space for students to study.

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Annual enrollment

  • Approximately 5,000 undergraduate students
  • Approximately 1,600 graduate students
  • Approximately 11,000 professional engineering education students

Faculty excellence

  • 30 professors named to the National Academy of Engineering
  • 4 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.

Research excellence

  • 163 invention disclosures to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation in 2014
  • 15 consecutive years of more than 100 patent disclosures
  • 40+ research centers
  • 20+ research consortia with more than 280 industrial and governmental members

Alumni excellence

College of Engineering alumni are creative thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders in virtually every field imaginable. Read about some of these remarkable alumni who have made their mark on the world.