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Penn State Rises to 28 Among Public Universities, 60 Overall in US News Ranking
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 09/18/2023

Penn State ranks 28th among national public universities and 60th overall out of 435 national universities listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” ranking for 2024, released Sept. 18. Penn State also ranks 23rd among Association of American Universities public institutions and is the top-ranked public university in Pennsylvania.

U.S. News defines “national universities” as schools that offer a full range of undergraduate majors as well as master's and doctoral degrees; in many cases they place strong emphasis on research.

“Strong placements in rankings such as U.S. News are but one metric to show that we are succeeding in our mission as Pennsylvania’s flagship, land-grant, public research university,” said Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Justin Schwartz. “A Penn State degree is highly regarded around the world. Our $1 billion research enterprise is impacting humanity with new knowledge and enriching our students’ learning by bringing research experiences into the classroom. And the University takes pride in providing opportunities for first-generation students and incredibly talented individuals from diverse and low-income backgrounds as part of our land-grant mission to serve all Pennsylvanians.”

Undergraduate program rankings released by U.S. News for Penn State remain strong, including 16 top-25 ratings (four in the top 10) for select programs in engineering and business, among others. According to U.S. News’ methodology, these rankings are based solely on the judgments of the academic leadership and senior faculty in such programs who participated in a peer assessment survey.

Penn State ranked at No. 21 out of 523 programs in “Best Undergraduate Business Programs.” The University also ranked well in a number of business specialty programs: supply chain management/logistics (8); production/operations management (11); management (17); marketing (24); and accounting (25).

Penn State ranked at No. 19 out of 208 schools in "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs," at schools whose highest degree is a doctorate. The University also ranked well in a number of engineering specialties: materials (9); industrial/manufacturing (9); biological/agricultural (10); civil (13); mechanical (15); aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical (15); environmental/environmental health (15); chemical (20); computer (25); and electrical/electronic/communications (27).

Penn State’s rankings also include No. 31 out of 656 institutions for "Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs,” and No. 34 out of 542 programs ranked for “Best Undergraduate Psychology Programs.”


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