MOVING UP! Kettering is highly ranked in 2003 'America's Best Colleges

Sep 13, 2002

#1 and holding, again! Kettering University's Industrial/Manufacturing Programs maintained its #1 ranking in the United States in the new U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges Guide."

#1 and holding, again! Kettering University's Industrial/Manufacturing Programs maintained its #1 ranking in the United States in the new U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges Guide."

Mechanical Engineering moved into the Top 5 this year with a #4 ranking (up from #7 last year).

And Kettering's overall rank in the country moved to #10 in the nation - joining the elite Top Ten for the first time. Last year, Kettering was listed at #16.


The rankings are part of the 2003 edition of "America's Best Colleges Guide," produced by U.S. News and World Report magazine. The Best Colleges issue, dated Sept. 23, will go on sale Monday, Sept. 16. Kettering is part of the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs category.

"The results verify that the academic world sees Kettering University as one of the best engineering schools in the country and the best co-op school," said University President James E.A. John.

This is the third year in a row that Industrial/Manufacturing has been ranked #1 in the country. "This means a great deal to us to maintain our #1 national ranking," said Pete Gheresus, professor and director of Kettering's Industrial Engineering Program. "As with last year, the credit goes to the faculty, staff and students in our department. We're not alone in doing this," he added. "It's a team effort, especially with the University community and our industry partners. Many people enable us to be where we are."


Moving up to #4 is Kettering's largest academic department -- Mechanical Engineering, led by K. Joel Berry, P.E., professor of Mechanical Engineering, department head, and holder of the Eugene W. Kettering Chair of Power Engineering.

"It is impressive to be ranked in the Top Five in the country," Berry said. "The investment Kettering is making in the University's infrastructure and the overall quality of our academic program are big factors in this ranking. The high quality of work being done by our faculty, their research and their professional presentations at conferences all contribute to our larger notice."


Overall, Kettering's national ranking moved to #10 in the United States in this year's "America's Best Colleges Guide." Kettering is tied for tenth with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Swarthmore College,Union College and Villanova University.

In Electrical/Electronic/Communications, Kettering is ranked inthe Top 20, tied for 17th.

Berry credits the construction of the new $42 million Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry Center as a key element to the public recognition. The building is slated to open mid-year 2003. Additionally, Kettering has opened more than half a dozen state-of-the-art laboratories for students in the past two years, allowing students to run computer simulations and use advanced math-based engineering and design tools.

And that's just part of Kettering's "growth spurt." There are new outdoor soccer and baseball fields, a new outdoor track, outdoor lighting for a recreational schedule that benefits the student and more plans for developing Kettering Park into one of the finest student recreation spaces in Michigan. In the past three years, Kettering has opened 200 new student apartments adjacent to campus.

"When we're ranked among the best universities in the country, we will attract the best students," President John concluded.

U.S. News relies on quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, and it is based a nonpartisan view of what matters in education. First, schools are categorized by mission, and in some cases, by region. Then, data is gathered from each university on up to 16 indicators of academic excellence. Finally, colleges are ranked against their peers in each category. Most data come from the colleges, although staff members of U.S. News "take pains" to ensure accuracy. This year, 95 percent of the schools returned their surveys.