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Here’s how Pittsburgh universities stack up in the latest US News & World Report rankings

Pittsburgh engineering programs stood out in the publication's 2022 rankings. Here's a look at the rankings for six local universities.

On the Carnegie Mellon University campus. (Photo by Flickr user Raymond "Dmitri" Beljan, used via a Creative Commons license)

This week, U.S. News & World Report released its 2022 Best Colleges rankings of undergraduate programs.

Rankings are calculated across six main categories: student outcomes, faculty resources, expert opinion, financial resources, student excellence and alumni giving. Though the reliability and merit of these rankings has long been called into question by some education experts in the past, they still drive interest in universities for prospective students, and can call attention to the successes of individual programs or majors within each school.

Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University had a standout year on the list, ranking in the top ten of several categories, and as number one in many programs in its school of computer science. The University of Pittsburgh also held its own as a solid public school with a top nursing program and well-rated engineering program.

Both leaders in creating Pittsburgh’s tech talent pool, the strong standings of these two universities show that there remains an educational foundation for the industry as businesses continue to grow here. Particularly as schools push for a return to in-person learning, these high ratings have the potential to attract more prospective talent to Pittsburgh.

Technical.ly rounded up the most relevant rankings for local universities below.

Carnegie Mellon University

  • #25 in National Universities
  • #1 in Computer Science Programs
  • #1 in Artificial Intelligence Programs
  • #1 in Cybersecurity Programs
  • #1 in Programming Languages Programs
  • #1 in Software Engineering Programs
  • #1 in Game/Simulation Development Programs
  • #1 in Business Management Information Systems Programs
  • #5 in Most Innovative Schools
  • #6 in Engineering Programs

University of Pittsburgh

  • #59 in National Universities
  • #7 in Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs
  • #20 in Top Public Schools
  • #49 in Business Programs
  • #56 in Engineering Programs
  • #60 in Computer Science Programs

Duquesne University

  • #148 in National Universities
  • #65 in Best Value Schools

Chatham University

  • #172 in National Universities
  • #111 in Best Value Schools
  • #19 in Top Performers on Social Mobility

Robert Morris University 

  • #187 in National Universities
  • #48 in Best Value Schools
  • #185 in Engineering Programs (at schools where doctorate not offered)

Point Park University

  • #82 in Regional Universities North
  • #22 in Best Value Schools
Sophie Burkholder is a 2021-2022 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Heinz Endowments.
Companies: University of Pittsburgh / Carnegie Mellon University

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