By Tisha Keller
The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, the nation’s only joint engineering college shared between two institutions—Florida A&M and Florida State universities—gained seven points in the annual graduate and professional programs rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.”
The college moved up from 123 to 116 this year, a promising trajectory for the institution that is jointly administered between FAMU, the No. 1 public HBCU in the nation and No. 1 ranked HBCU for research, and FSU, a pre-eminent Tier 1 research institution. The rankings also indicate the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is the top-ranked HBCU engineering school in the nation.
“We are certainly proud of our accomplishment,” J. Murray Gibson, dean of the College of Engineering said. “Thanks to strong support from both our partner universities, our college is at an exciting point. With continuing support we can expect to see a real increase in the value of our engineering education and research. Our vision is to lead an economic transformation in the surrounding community like what is seen at other top-tier engineering institutions, in terms of research, innovation and incubation.”
Currently, the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering has more than 3,200 undergraduates, 300 graduate students and offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in the major engineering disciplines. Twenty percent of these students are African-American, 20 percent are Hispanic and 26 percent are female—a unique combination not found elsewhere at engineering schools in the U.S.
With 100 full-time faculty, more than $22 million in annual research funding and a half-dozen major research centers led by engineering faculty, we offer research-based engineering education to our unique student population.
The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is the joint engineering college for Florida State and Florida A&M Universities, the only such shared college in the nation. The institution, based in Tallahassee, Florida, has five departments offering nine engineering areas of study. The college’s faculty runs many prestigious research centers and is closely associated with the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. Learn more at www.eng.FAMU.FSU.edu.