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August 19, 2005
Susan Beasy Latto, Director of Public Relations (218) 726-8830
Professor Richard Davis,Department of Chemical Engineering (218) 726-6162
Vince Magnuson, Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration (218) 726-7103,

UMD Places High in U.S. News & World Report's
2006 College Rankings
UMD Department of Chemical Engineering--Ranked Fifth in the Nation
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering-Ranked Seventh

UMD--Ranked Ninth Among Top Midwestern Public Universities

The UMD Department of Chemical Engineering was ranked fifth in the nation for Best Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Programs (both public and private) by the just released U.S. News & World Report rankings of "America's Best Colleges," 2006 edition. The UMD Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering placed seventh in the nation.

The entire UMD Engineering Program was ranked 45th in the nation for Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (both public and private).

UMD was ranked ninth among Top Midwestern Public Universities with Master's Programs and 44th over-all among all Midwest Universities with Master's Programs, both public and private. There are 572 universities in this later category, ranked within four geographic areas: North, South, Midwest and West.

The UMD Engineering Program includes the following departments:

Professor Richard Davis of the UMD Chemical Engineering Department said, "This ranking continues to show the fine quality of our chemical engineering faculty and students, and the strong emphasis UMD places on teaching and learning."

Each year U.S News and World Report ranks over 1,400 colleges and universities from across the nation. The magazine uses categories such as peer assessment, retention, student-to-faculty ratio, and graduation rate to calculate the school's overall rating.

For more information on rankings, please visit U.S. News and World Report's website or see the U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Colleges," 2006 edition.

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