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Engineering, Business programs nationally ranked

By Liz Crumbley and Sookhan Ho

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 03 - September 12, 1996

Virginia Tech's engineering and business undergraduate programs were ranked among the nation's top 50 in U.S. News and World Report's annual "Best Colleges" issue, to be on newsstands Monday. The magazine also ranked Virginia Tech 46th among universities across the country in the "best-values" category.

In the rankings of engineering schools with Ph.D. programs, the Tech College of Engineering tied for 21st place with Johns Hopkins University and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

"The company in which we find ourselves is quite good," said Michael C. Vorster, the engineering college's associate dean for research and graduate studies.

"We are ranked in a tight grouping of engineering schools, which we consider to be our peers," said Hayden Griffen, engineering's associate dean for academic affairs.

"There is only one school in the Southeast-Georgia Tech-with a ranking higher than ours," Griffin added. "Being tied with Johns Hopkins and UCLA, and with our score only 3 percent less than that of Penn State and Texas A&M, we are proud to be in such good company."

Among business undergraduate programs, Tech's Pamplin College of Business was ranked 46th, along with six other schools. Pamplin Dean Richard E. Sorensen said the ranking puts the college in the top 4 percent of the 1,200 undergraduate business programs offered throughout the country, and in the top 15 percent of the 300-plus undergraduate programs that are accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (the primary accrediting organization for U.S. business schools).

"We're very pleased to be included once again in the top 50," Sorensen said. "Our ranking reflects national recognition of the advances we have made. We have been able to recruit and retain many talented students and faculty members with the generous support of our alumni and friends. Our goal is to further improve our national standing by continuing to review and strengthen our programs."

This is the second year that U.S. News is ranking business and engineering undergraduate programs, which the magazine said were "two of the most popular majors."