Campus & Community

Stevens’ School of Engineering Continues its Rise in the US News Online Graduate Programs Rankings

Online engineering and computer information technology programs rank highly in the nation and state

Since being ranked, the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science has continued to rise in the annual US News & World Report rankings. Over the past two years, the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science has increased to 8th in the U.S., from 15th for computer information technology–which include the popular computer science and computer engineering programs. During the same period, the engineering programs increased to 22nd in the U.S., from 39th.

Better still, Stevens continues to hold the No. 1 position for online computer information technology and engineering graduate programs in the state of New Jersey—continuing its commitment to excellence in academics and the student experience.

"I am happy to see our programs continue to rise in the rankings," says Jean Zu, dean of the Schaefer School. "With the implementation of our new strategic plan, we have committed ourselves to developing top-notch educational experiences for all students, whether on campus or online, and this is a tremendous recognition of those efforts."

This improvement in rankings is particularly notable as engineering programs are often considered to be too complex for an online learning environment. "But I guess that’s what you should expect from an 'institute of technology,' faculty and online learning experts working together to provide an outstanding student experience," says Paul Easterling, assistant provost for graduate study. "Stevens has found a way to make them work—and students are noticing."

"Online has been a really good experience for me," says StevensOnline alumnus Michael Scully. "I like Canvas [Stevens online learning platform]. I find it really easy to get updates when something’s going on. I’m tied in with getting emails. When I have a question, I can message in Canvas, use the discussion thread for a class, or directly email the professor. Stevens online platform makes my time very efficient."

Stevens’ award-winning online learning platform allows students to follow the same curriculum as their on-campus counterparts, learning from the same renowned faculty members and participating in discussions with their classmates through a multimedia-rich experience that allows for real-time engagement. This interactive environment has proven helpful for students like Scully, allowing online students to feel like part of Stevens’ diverse community.

Stevens looks forward to continuing to build on this platform—and community—in the future.

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