Graduate Programs is pleased to announce its Fall 2014 Rankings of Top Graduate Programs according to students, enumerating the best graduate programs in the country in a variety of fields based solely on ratings and reviews from current or recent graduate students posted on

Program rankings, compiled using data gathered between September 1, 2012 and September 30, 2014, encompass reviews posted by more than 70,000 students participating in over 1,600 graduate programs nationwide.  Ratings are based on a 10 star system (with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best).

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For specific rankings, please click on this link: Mechanical Engineering Rankings.

The Top 25 Mechanical Engineering Programs are listed below:

1              University of California-Riverside
2              Case Western Reserve University
3              Vanderbilt University
4              Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
5              University of Kansas
6              University of Utah
7              Virginia Tech
8              Rochester Institute of Technology
9              Carnegie Mellon University
10           University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
11           Texas A&M University
12           University of Pennsylvania
13           Virginia Commonwealth University
14           Brown University
15           Michigan Technological University
16           Purdue University-West Lafayette
17           University of Dayton
18           North Carolina A&T State University
19           Stanford University
20           California State University Northridge
21           Colorado School of Mines
22           California Institute of Technology
23           Cleveland State University
24           University of Cincinnati
25           Yale University

METHODOLOGY reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school.  Rankings cover a variety of student topics such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid and quality of network.

For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories.  These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., “business and management”.  A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that program