Case Western Reserve University’s undergraduate biomedical engineering program jumped to eighth nationally in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 college rankings, up from 13th last year.
The rise coincides with the enrollment of the program’s largest first-year class in history—estimated to be more than double the size of recent classes. The first-year class across the university is the largest, most diverse, and most academically accomplished class ever.
The rankings come from a peer-assessment survey done last spring.
Robert Kirsch, interim chairman of the department, credits his predecessor, Case School of Engineering Dean Jeffrey L. Duerk, for efforts to raise the program’s profile and to recruit faculty recognized as established leaders and rising stars. Duerk also added several chairs of other biomedical engineering programs to the department’s advisory board.