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Western New England University Excels in U.S. News & World Report 2024 Best Colleges Rankings

SPRINGFIELD, MA: — Western New England University (WNE) proudly announces its exceptional performance in the  U.S. News & World Report 2024 Best Colleges rankings, further establishing its position as a leading institution nationally. In the Overall Rank National Universities category, WNE secured an impressive position at #236, reaffirming its commitment to excellence in higher education.

This year’s rankings also underscore WNE’s commitment to providing accessible and quality education to a diverse student population, with the university consistently performing well in the Top Performers on Social Mobility category, maintaining its position at #207.

However, the spotlight of this year’s rankings falls squarely on WNE’s College of Engineering — a top 100 Best Undergraduate Engineering Program in the nation. The WNE Undergraduate Engineering program proudly maintained its impressive position at #86. This accomplishment is a testament to the consistent high-quality education and faculty expertise provided at WNE’s College of Engineering.

Dr. S. Hossein Cheraghi, dean of the College of Engineering, expressed his enthusiasm about this achievement, stating, “This recognition highlights the exceptional quality of education and the dedication of the WNE faculty and staff. Our commitment to quality engineering programs, hands-on learning experiences, and a supportive community has paid off reflecting our dedication to preparing our students for successful careers in engineering.”

At WNE’s College of Engineering, students are encouraged to ‘Innovate, Create, and Transform.’

The College serves as a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship offering opportunities for students to participate in team-based projects, presentations, and undergraduate research in state-of-the-art facilities, preparing them for leadership roles across various industries. The institution offers undergraduate and graduate programs in various engineering disciplines, including construction management, biochemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering. With 93 sites for internships, a remarkable 100% internship placement rate, and 98% of 2020 graduates securing employment within six months of graduation, WNE is dedicated to ensuring its graduates are well-prepared for the workforce.

“Western New England University has once again demonstrated its commitment to excellence in education,” said Dr. Maria Toyoda, senior vice president for Academic Affairs and provost. ”We are proud to maintain our strong position in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, showcasing the dedication of our entire academic community. These accomplishments underscore our mission to prepare students for successful careers and reflect the hard work and dedication that define WNE.”


Western New England University (WNE) is a private, nationally ranked, comprehensive institution with a focus on preparing work-ready and world-ready graduates. Founded in 1919 in Springfield, Massachusetts as a division of Northeastern College, WNE’s 215-acre suburban campus serves more than 3,700 students, including over 2,500 full-time undergraduates. More than 47,000 alumni have earned degrees through its 90+ undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs at Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and School of Law. Students come from 39 U.S. states and territories and 23 countries. Of 45,104 living alumni, 30% remain within the region, residing in the four Western Massachusetts counties and northern Connecticut.

WNE is classified among nationally ranked universities in US News and World Report, and among the Top 100 Undergraduate Engineering programs, and in the Doctoral/Professional Universities category in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.