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NM Tech named 8th-best U.S. engineering school

USA Today has named the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology the eighth-best engineering school in the country, based on the overall quality of its programs.

“New Mexico Tech is an affordable public research university that also provides advanced technological training in the field of engineering,” the newspaper said in announcing its choice for the nation’s top 10 engineering colleges. “This small- to mid-sized school offers degrees up to the Ph.D. level, and is considered a great value for the money (among) schools due to its high outcomes and relatively low-priced tuition.”

New Mexico Tech President Daniel Lopez was pleased by the announcement.

“This ranking is an indicator of the quality of the faculty and students at Tech,” he said. “It reflects the positive outcomes of our graduates, and the level and quality of our research.”

According to USA Today, the Colorado School of Mines is the nation’s top engineering school.

The No. 2 spot went to Georgia Tech, while the Missouri University of Science and Technology came in third.

At New Mexico Tech, the most popular majors for undergraduates are mechanical and electrical engineering, the newspaper said.

Graduates have average starting salaries of $59,000.

In addition to the overall ranking, USA Today also presented rankings for best value, highest-paid graduates, most popular and most focused. New Mexico Tech ranked second in best value.