U.S. News Ranks Engineering, Business Undergraduate Programs St. Thomas Newsroom September 14, 2012 Undergraduate engineering and business programs at St. Thomas have been ranked favorably by U.S. News & World Report magazine, and high school guidance counselors also have ranked the university.The rankings include:School of Engineering undergraduate program. It ranks No. 69 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. “As one of the newest engineering programs in the United States, it is an honor to be recognized in this manner,” said Dr. Donald Weinkauf, dean.Opus College of Business undergraduate program. It ranks No. 117 among 388 programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – an increase from No. 185 last year, the first year of eligibility because of accreditation. This survey also was based solely on peer assessment. “We are pleased to see how well our undergraduate business program is regarded,” said Dr. Christopher Puto, dean. “The breadth of our concentration offerings and the emphasis we place on Business Ethics and Business 200 courses as requirements for every business major are reasons why our program is so strong.” Last March, U.S. News ranked St. Thomas No. 104 of 448 AASCB-accredited schools in a separate “best business schools” ranking that included graduate programs.High school guidance counselors. St. Thomas ranks No. 121 among 281 institutions in the National Universities category. High school counselors were asked which schools offered the best undergraduate education.Overall, U.S. News ranks St. Thomas No. 113 in the National Universities category, an improvement from No. 115 a year ago, No. 124 in 2010 and No. 137 in 2009.