University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering


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In the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings of the best engineering graduate schools, the UW-Madison College of Engineering is #14. At the undergraduate level, the college is also #14.

Undergraduate program rankings

  • Biomedical engineering—#17
  • Chemical engineering—#6
  • Civil engineering—#12
  • Computer engineering—#13
  • Electrical engineering—#14
  • Industrial/manufacturing engineering—#9
  • Materials engineering—#17
  • Mechanical engineering—#14
  • 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.

Graduate program rankings

  • Biomedical engineering—#23
  • Chemical engineering—#6
  • Civil engineering—#15
  • Computer engineering—#16
  • Electrical engineering—#18
  • Engineering Professional Development, distance degrees—#6
  • Environmental engineering—#20
  • Industrial/manufacturing engineering—#10
  • Materials engineering—#15
  • Mechanical engineering—#13
  • Nuclear engineering—#3

UW-Madison regularly receives multiple accolades—among them, 25th worldwide, 4th nationally in research expenditures, and 8th most innovative university nationally.



Three students at a study table in the newly remodeled Mechanical Engineering Building atrium.

Atrium in the Mechanical Engineering Building.


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.