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2023 Best Materials Engineering Graduate Programs Ranking by U.S.News (2020 - 2023)

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US News & World Report published its 2023 ranking of the best graduate schools and programs in the U.S. (ranked in 2022).  Among the materials science and engineering programs, what are the changes from the 2020 to the 2023 rankings? MSE Supplies (msesupplies.com) has compiled the ranking data from the last several years and highlighted some interesting changes in ranking.
MSE Supplies is a trusted supplier to most of these universities listed in the ranking. With a mission to support scientists and engineers worldwide to accelerate their innovations, MSE Supplies is committed to supplying high quality materials, equipment and analytical services for both research and production with the best value.
  • The top 10 schools on the list remain the same year over year.  Among the top 10 schools, the top 5 schools remain unchanged from last year's ranking, while Stanford University moved up 2 spots on the ranking.
  • Among the top 35 programs, the schools showing the most progress include Colorado School of Mines and University of California - San Diego, which advanced 6 spots and 5 spots, respectively, as compared to last year's ranking. 
  • University of Connecticut climbed up 11 spots over the last year from No. 46 to the current position of No. 35. Boston University and University of Central Florida both advanced 10 spots over the last year from No. 59 to No. 49.

Review the list below to see the detailed ranking numbers compiled by MSE Supplies (www.msesupplies.com).  

RNP = ranking not provided 
School Name 2023 Ranking
(ranked in 2022)
2022 Ranking
(ranked in 2021)
2021 Ranking
(ranked in 2020)
2020 Ranking
(ranked in 2019) 
One year change in ranking position
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1 1 1 1 0
University of California—Berkeley 2 3 2 6 1
Northwestern University (McCormick) 3 2 2 2 -1
Stanford University 3 5 4 3 2
University of California—Santa Barbara 5 4 4 3 -1
University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign 6 5 6 3 -1
Georgia Institute of Technology 7 7 9 7 0
California Institute of Technology 8 8 7 8 0
University of Michigan—Ann Arbor 8 8 7 8 0
Cornell University 8 8 10 8 0
Pennsylvania State University—University Park 11 11 11 11 0
Carnegie Mellon University 12 12 12 12 0
Purdue University—West Lafayette 13 17 16 16 4
Ohio State University 14 12 13 14 -2
University of Pennsylvania 14 12 14 13 -2
Harvard University 14 15 16 14 1
University of Wisconsin—Madison  14 15 16 16 1
University of Florida 14 17 14 16 3
University of Texas—Austin (Cockrell) 14 17 21 20 3
Johns Hopkins University (Whiting) 20 17 19 16 -3
University of Minnesota—Twin Cities  20 21 21 22 1
University of California—Los Angeles 22 21 23 26 -1
North Carolina State University 22 23 19 20 1
University of Maryland—College Park (Clark) 22 26 23 30 4
Colorado School of Mines 22 28 23 22 6
Texas A&M University—College Station (Look) 26 23 23 30 -3
University of Washington 27 23 29 30 -4
Duke University (Pratt) 27 26 34 37 -1
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 27 28 23 22 1
Columbia University (Fu Foundation) 27 28 23 25 1
Rice University (Brown) 27 28 29 26 1
University of California—San Diego (Jacobs) 27 32 31 30 5
University of California—Davis 33 32 31 26 -1
University of California—Irvine (Samueli) 33 35 36 41 2
Virginia Tech 35 32 31 26 -3
University of Virginia 35 35 34 30 0
Drexel University 35 35 36 37 0
University of Southern California (Viterbi) 35 35 45 46 0
Lehigh University (Rossin) 35 40 36 30 5
Case Western Reserve University 35 40 36 30 5
Arizona State University (Fulton) 35 40 36 41 5
University of Colorado—Boulder 35 40 45 54 5
University of Connecticut 35 46 45 46 11
Brown University 44 35 36 37 -9
Iowa State University 44 40 36 37 -4
University of Delaware 44 40 49 46 -4
University of Tennessee—Knoxville (Tickle) 47 46 49 41 -1
Michigan State University 47 54 36 46 7
University of Massachusetts—Amherst 49 46 36 41 -3
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—New Brunswick 49 46 49 46 -3
Stony  Brook University—SUNY 49 50 45 41 1
University of Arizona 49 50 49 57 1
Boston University 49 59 54 54 10
University of Central Florida 49 59 54 57 10
Clemson University 56 50 59 46 -6
Washington University in St. Louis 56 50 62 57 -6
University of Pittsburgh (Swanson) 56 54 54 54 -2
Missouri University of Science & Technology 56 54 54 57 -2
Alfred University—New York State College of Ceramics (Inamori) 60 54 59 57 -6
University of Utah 60 59 59 57 -1
University of Illinois—Chicago 60 59 62 66 -1
Northeastern University 60 64 62 46 4
University at Buffalo—SUNY 60 64 62 70 4
Vanderbilt University 60 64 68 57 4
Washington State University 66 54 54 57 -12
Michigan Technological University 66 59 49 46 -7
Dartmouth College (Thayer) 66 68 62 57 2
University of California—Riverside (Bourns) 66 68 62 70 2
University of North Texas 66 68 68 70 2
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 71 64 68 70 -7
Tufts University 71 72 71 67 1
University of Texas—Dallas (Jonsson) 73 72 71 70 -1
University of Cincinnati 73 72 89 67 -1
Auburn University (Ginn) 73 83 78 78 10
Boise State University 76 68 68 67 -8
Oregon State University 76 72 68 70 -4
University of Alabama 76 76 71 70 0
Stevens Institute of Technology (Schaefer) 76 76 71 78 0
Illinois Institute of Technology (Armour) 76 76 78 78 0
University of Kentucky 76 76 81 82 0
University of Rochester 76 92 71 70 16
Binghamton University—SUNY (Watson) 84 76 78 90 -8
New Jersey Institute of Technology 84 76 81 82 -8
University of Massachusetts—Lowell (Francis) 84 83 81 90 -1
University of Houston (Cullen) 84 83 81 82 -1
University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee 84 83 81 82 -1
University of Texas—Arlington 84 83 89 78 -1
University of Alabama—Birmingham 91 83 81 90 -8
Florida A&M University 91 83 81 RNP -8
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology 91 83 89 82 -8
University of Dayton 91 92 98 82 1
Clarkson University 91 97 89 RNP 6
University of California—​Merced  91 97 98 RNP 6
University of Georgia 91 103 RNP RNP 12
University of Nevada—Reno 98 92 89 90 -6
University of Vermont 98 97 RNP RNP -1
West Virginia University (Statler) 98 97 RNP RNP -1
Wright State University 98 97 RNP RNP -1
Tulane University  98 103 RNP 90 5
Florida International University 98 103 RNP RNP 5
New Mexico State University 98 103 RNP RNP 5
Wayne State University  105 103 89 90 -2
University of Denver 105 103 104 RNP -2
University of New Hampshire 105 103 RNP RNP -2
Oklahoma State University 108 92 98 82 -16
Air Force Institute of Technology 108 97 98 RNP -11
Montana State University 110 111 RNP RNP 1
Portland State University (Maseeh)  110 111 RNP RNP 1
North Dakota State University 110 114 RNP RNP 4
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Hughes) 113 111 RNP RNP -2
The Catholic University of America 113 RNP RNP RNP N/A
University of Nebraska—Lincoln RNP 92 81 82 N/A
University of Idaho RNP 103 89 90 N/A
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