US News ranks CBE graduate program #2 in country

March 19, 2020

For immediate release
Berkeley, CA

Gilman Hall, UC Berkeley, home of chemical engineering

Gilman Hall, home of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UC Berkeley. (Photo College of Chemistry

The College of Chemistry at UC Berkeley is pleased to announce that the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) has been ranked number two in a tie with Caltech in the 2021 U.S. News and World Report list of best chemical engineering graduate schools in the United States. MIT was in first place.

Two hundred thirteen engineering schools that grant doctoral degrees were surveyed for the newest rankings. Statistical data was collected in the fall of 2019 and early 2020. Rankings for the 200 engineering schools that responded with the necessary data were calculated based on a weighted average of 10 indicators that included faculty to student ratio and percentage of faculty in the National Academy of Engineering.

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Jeffrey Reimer, CBE Department Chair stated, "These rankings bring to mind a quote by Nobel Prize winner and Berkeley Professor of Chemistry Yuan T. Lee, 'I came to Berkeley as a graduate student to work with the best faculty in the world. I returned to Berkeley as a professor to work with the best graduate students in the world.'”

Congratulations to all of our faculty and students.