With the release today (March 20) of U.S. News and World Report revised rankings of Graduate Schools in the US, Columbia’s Computer Science Department has moved up two places, tying with the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, for 13th place.
U.S. News bases its rankings of computer science departments on surveys sent to all US computer science department chairs and to the Directors of Graduate Education.
Previously the department was tied for 15th place, so these new rankings represent a marked improvement. In particular, the department’s strength was seeing as increasing in Artificial Intelligence (moving from 13th to 12th place) and in Theory, which jumped two places from #12 to #10. In the other two areas evaluated for determining rankings, Columbia either remained the same (Systems at #14) or showed a slight decline (Programming Languages slipped from #17 to #18).
“We couldn’t be happier to see all the hard work of our faculty, students, and alumni reflected in this new ranking, especially as the department is growing rapidly,” says Julia Hirschberg.
Columbia’s Engineering School likewise saw an improved ranking, moving from 13th place to 12th place, making it the highest-ranked engineering school in the Ivy League.