Undergraduate Program No. 1 in 2020 U.S. News & World Report Rankings

September 09, 2019

The Hildebrand Department continues to hold a No. 1 undergraduate petroleum engineering program ranking, according to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

UT PGE shares the top spot with Texas A&M University, while Louisiana State University and Pennsylvania State University are tied for No. 3 on this year's list. In the 2020 graduate rankings, released last spring, the Hildebrand Department's graduate program also ranked No. 1, affirming UT PGE's position as the nation’s leading petroleum engineering department.

For the fall of 2019, almost 350 students are enrolled in the undergraduate petroleum engineering program at UT Austin. Students are instructed by world-class faculty, including four members of the National Academy of Engineering.

A Hildebrand Department undergraduate student conducting research

With a low student-to-faculty ratio, UT PGE provides students with opportunities to learn from the latest technology in the classroom and participate in high-caliber undergraduate energy research to best prepare them for careers in industry. In addition, undergraduate students meet with oil and gas leaders through the Hildebrand Department's Alumni-in-Residence program, learn about energy, engineering and the environment via our Norway study abroad program and garner field experience through petroleum engineering camps and internships.

The Cockrell School of Engineering's aerospace, chemical, civil, electrical, environmental and mechanical engineering programs are also all ranked in the nation’s top 10 U.S. News' undergraduate rankings, which are among the most prestigious ratings in higher education. The Cockrell School takes the No. 11 spot for engineering schools. 

The undergraduate engineering programs rankings were based solely on the results of the 2020 peer assessment surveys.