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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Survey ranks S&T third best engineering school in nation

  • Students who headed to classes Monday at Missouri University of Science and Technology are going to one of the top 10 engineering schools in the country, according to a ranking by College Factual released last week.
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  • Students who headed to classes Monday at Missouri University of Science and Technology are going to one of the top 10 engineering schools in the country, according to a ranking by College Factual released last week.
    Missouri S&T ranked No. 3 on the list of colleges based on their overall quality.
    The Rolla university even defeated the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which came in at No. 4 on the list.
    Coming in at the No. 1 spot was the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, and the second best engineering school was the main campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
    The list was not a ranking for any specific engineering major but rather for overall.
    According to the ranking, “Missouri S&T is a four-year public university offering degrees up to the Ph.D. level. The two most popular majors at this school are mechanical engineering and civil engineering. While not as selective as the first two schools on this list, Missouri S&T still produces high student outcomes, making it rank high on the best value list. The average starting salary for engineering grads at this school is $60,000.”
    Andrew Careaga, spokesperson for S&T, said, “It’s nice to be recognized for our return on investment and our value.”
    Careaga said the announcement gained a lot of interest from both current students and alumni on social media sites.
    The methodology behind the ranking states universities were chosen based on 10 factors: early-career salary, mid-career salary, major focus percentage, bachelor’s degree market share, master’s degree market share, doctoral degree market share, related major focus, related major breadth, relevant program specific accreditation and best college rankings.
    Careaga also noted that S&T was ranked No. 47 in Washington Monthly’s 2014 Best Bang for the Buck Rankings of national universities.
    This ranking was based on several factors, including the number of students receiving Pell grants, graduation rate, student loan default rate    , net price based on an annual family income $0-$75,000, percent of applicants admitted, ACT/SAT 25th percentile scores and ACT/SAT 75th percentile scores.
    According to Washington Monthly, “We rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).”

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