Awards & Rankings


Fall 2017 rankings for 2018

  • Biomedical engineering—#24
  • Chemical engineering—#5
  • Civil engineering—#18
  • Computer engineering—#14
  • Electrical engineering—not ranked
  • Engineering physics—specialty area, not listed
  • Environmental engineering—not ranked
  • Industrial/manufacturing engineering—#5
  • Materials engineering—#15
  • Mechanical engineering—#19
  • Nuclear engineering—#2

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.


Not all programs are ranked every year. The College of Engineering graduate program is No. 18. Our current program rankings include:

  • Biomedical engineering—#22
  • Chemical engineering—#6
  • Civil engineering—#17 (tie)
  • Computer engineering—#9
  • Electrical engineering—#18
  • Engineering Professional Development, distance degrees—#6
  • Environmental engineering—#12 (tie)
  • Industrial/manufacturing engineering—#8
  • Materials engineering—#14 (tie)
  • Mechanical engineering—#17 (tie)
  • Nuclear engineering—#3

UW-Madison regularly receives multiple accolades—among them, 25th worldwide4th nationally in research expenditures, and 8th most innovative university nationally.


  • Approximately 5,000 undergraduate students
  • Approximately 1,600 graduate students
  • Approximately 11,000 professional engineering education students
  • 33 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.
  • Rank in top-10 in research expenditures in colleges of engineering across the country
  • 15+ consecutive years of more than 100 patent disclosures
  • 35+ research centers, 10+ of which include industrial consortium activities with more than 250 corporate members

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.

The college Engineering Career Services team works year-round to connect engineering employers with talented students and alumni seeking internships, co-operative educational experiences, and professional positions. The office annually coordinates two major career fairs that draw hundreds of employers and thousands of students.

Prior to their graduation, approximately 85 percent of bachelor’s degree recipients complete at least one internship or co-operative experience.

Student interns or co-ops earn, on average, 75 percent of a full-time engineering salary and gain valuable real-world experience.

Engineering Career Services works with nearly 2,000 employers.