US News and World Report today released the 2023 edition of its Best Colleges Rankings and Texas A&M University remains the 26th best public university in the nation. Overall, the university is up one spot at No. 67.
Agriculture and engineering programs continue to be recognized, with notable increases appearing this year in biomedical engineering, marketing, cybersecurity and study abroad.
The Best Colleges Ranking examines undergraduate programs nationwide and measures factors such as graduation and retention rates, academic reputation, student selectivity, faculty resources, social mobility, and debt, among others.
“I am proud to see the continued national recognition of Texas A&M’s founding disciplines of agriculture and engineering, in addition to growth in other areas of great importance to our country, such as business. and cybersecurity,” said Dr. Katherine Banks, president of Texas A&M University. “Our outstanding students, faculty, and staff, who participate in innovative programs across the university, are making positive impacts here and around the world. I thank them all for their dedication to ensuring that Texas A&M University continues on this path of excellence.
The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is ranked #4 among undergraduate agricultural engineering programs in the nation. The department remains the #1 program of its kind in Texas.
“There is a deep sense of pride in knowing that your institution and its programs are among the best,” said Jeffrey W. Savell, Vice Chancellor and Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “We look forward to growing our undergraduate enrollment and continuing to prove what many already know, that Texas A&M offers a world-class education in agriculture and life sciences.”
Since last year’s rankings, the College of Engineering has moved up two places nationally to rank 13th; is the 7th best public institution in engineering; and No. 2 in Texas. Engineering programs that rank in the National Top 20 are:
- Aeronautics, No. 10
- Chemical, No. 19
- Civilian, No. 9
- Computer, No. 17
- Electric, No. 14
- Industrial, No. 12
- Materials, No. 19
- Mechanical, No. 12
- Oil, No. 2
Biomedical engineering has moved up six places since the last ranking, ranking 27th.
“Our goal has always been and always will be to provide our students with the best possible engineering education experience. To see this work recognized nationally is gratifying,” said John E. Hurtado, acting vice chancellor and dean of the College of Engineering. “We are constantly re-evaluating our college offerings to ensure we are providing the best engineering education possible.”
A&M’s overseas training and cybersecurity programs both saw substantial gains this year.
Education Abroad entered the national top 20 for the first time at No. 19, up 12 places from the previous year’s ranking, and No. 1 in the state. For five consecutive years, Texas A&M’s Education Abroad program, commonly referred to as “study abroad,” has been the nation’s top public program—#2 overall—in number of students pursuing experiences credited international organizations, as reported by the Institute of International Education.
Texas A&M’s cybersecurity program moved up eight spots to 20th overall, 12th public, and 2nd in the state.
“Cybersecurity is vital to our national security, and Texas A&M researchers are targeting areas of vulnerability in online environments and developing solutions to keep digital assets secure,” Hurtado said. “These rankings show that people are increasingly aware of the exceptional work that our professors do in this important area of research.
Mays Business School is the 23rd best business school in the nation, 13th public, and 2nd in Texas. Several programs within the school rank in the National Top 20:
- Accounting, No. 15
- Management, No. 8
- Marketing, No. 13 (up six places since 2020)
“We are proud of the great work of Mays students and faculty that translates into results like these rankings for our school and for our accounting, management and marketing programs,” said Ricky Griffin, Dean by interim from Mays Business School. “Mays Business School’s mission includes developing transformational leaders and our vision is to advance global prosperity. Together, students, faculty, and staff are always working toward our goal of becoming a truly preeminent public business school. This is a clear marker of progress and we will continue to work towards this goal.
Another leap for the university came in the most innovative category, in which Texas A&M rose 29 spots from last year to rank No. 41.
For more on this year’s ranking, check out US News & World Report.