MIT named No. 4 university by U.S. News for 2021

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U.S. News and World Report has placed MIT fourth in its annual rankings of the nation’s best colleges and universities, which were announced today. The Institute shares the No. 4 spot with Yale University.

MIT’s engineering program continues to top the magazine’s list of undergraduate engineering programs at a doctoral institution. The Institute also placed first in five out of 12 engineering disciplines. No other institution is No. 1 in more than two disciplines.

MIT also remains the No. 2 undergraduate business program. Among business subfields, MIT is ranked first in three specialties.

For the first time, U.S. News has also evaluated undergraduate computer science programs, placing MIT first on the list. The Institute ranks No. 1 in two disciplines in this area.

MIT ranks as the second most innovative national university, according to the U.S. News peer assessment survey of top academics. And it’s fifth on the magazine’s list of national universities that offer students the best value, based on the school’s ranking and the net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid, and other variables.

MIT placed first in five engineering specialties: aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering; chemical engineering; electrical/electronic/communication engineering; materials engineering; and mechanical engineering. It placed second in computer engineering.

Other schools in the top five overall for undergraduate engineering programs are Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, Georgia Tech, and Caltech.

Among undergraduate business specialties, the MIT Sloan School of Management leads in business analytics, production/operations management, and quantitative analysis/methods. It ranks second in entrepreneurship and in management information systems.

The No. 1-ranked undergraduate business program overall is at the University of Pennsylvania; other schools ranking in the top five include Berkeley, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, New York University, and the University of Texas at Austin.

In computer science, MIT placed first in three specialties: biocomputing/bioinformatics/biotechnology; programming languages; and theory. It ranks second in data analytics science, artificial intelligence, and computer systems, and in mobile web applications (shared with Stanford).

Other top-ranking undergraduate computer science programs include Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, and Berkeley.

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