A survey conducted by U.S. News and World Report gives a high ranking to the undergraduate engineering programs at St. Thomas, and the university itself also performed well in a survey of high school guidance counselors.

The School of Engineering ranks No. 51 among 193 schools that offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees but not doctorates. The survey was based solely on peer assessment – deans ranking each others’ programs – and only schools with accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) were eligible.

St. Thomas’ undergraduate programs tied for No. 80 in the National Universities category in a separate survey of high school guidance counselors. U.S. News surveyed 1,787 counselors. Half of them were asked to rate the academic programs of the 268 schools in the National Universities category and the other half the 252 schools in the National Liberal Arts Colleges category. Twenty-one percent of the counselors responded, and St. Thomas ranked No. 80 (along with 19 other schools, including Indiana, Loyola of Chicago and St. Louis).

Earlier this week, it was reported that St. Thomas ranks No. 115 in the National Universities category of U.S. News’ overall “America’s Best Colleges” survey, an improvement from No. 124 a year ago and No. 137 in 2009. The ranking is the highest in the 11 years that St. Thomas has been included in that category.