Top 20 Schools With Largest B.S. Biomedical Engineering Graduating Classes in 2011

Top twenty schools which offer undergraduate Biomedical Engineering (BME) degrees by total BME graduating class size for each school. These schools represent 2556 graduates. They represent about 63 percent of the total number of B.S. BME graduates for 2011. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects approximately 1300 new Biomedical Engineering jobs every year between 2008 and 2018. There is a significant mismatch between the actual number of total number of BME graduates (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.) and the projected number of jobs (see link at bottom of table below).   This is particularly true for this field the additional engineering depth obtained in the higher degrees is very attractive to the medical device and drug industries.  Anyone interested in these programs should note that the size of a departments graduating class does not necessarily indicate a high level of quality when it comes to preparing a student for a corporate career.

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Top 20 By B.S. BME Graduating Class Size

 

Institution Name Men Women Total
University of California-San Diego 139 77 216
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus 120 81 201
Duke University 109 70 179
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 106 70 176
Johns Hopkins University 102 61 163
University of Southern California 93 58 151
Boston University 83 58 141
New Jersey Institute of Technology 77 49 126
University of Pennsylvania 65 56 121
University of California-Berkeley 77 41 118
Drexel University 66 49 115
Case Western Reserve University 74 40 114
Northwestern University 74 40 114
University of California-Irvine 72 36 108
Arizona State University 69 35 104
The University of Texas at Austin 68 36 104
Rutgers University-New Brunswick 70 33 103
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 44 58 102
Washington University in St Louis 64 36 100
University of Connecticut 60 39 99

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National Graduation Rates of Biomedical Engineers in 201 vs Job Projections

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Institution Name Men Women Total
University of California-San Diego 139 77 216
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus 120 81 201
Duke University 109 70 179
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 106 70 176
Johns Hopkins University 102 61 163
University of Southern California 93 58 151
Boston University 83 58 141
New Jersey Institute of Technology 77 49 126
University of Pennsylvania 65 56 121
University of California-Berkeley 77 41 118
Drexel University 66 49 115
Case Western Reserve University 74 40 114
Northwestern University 74 40 114
University of California-Irvine 72 36 108
Arizona State University 69 35 104
The University of Texas at Austin 68 36 104
Rutgers University-New Brunswick 70 33 103
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 44 58 102
Washington University in St Louis 64 36 100
University of Connecticut 60 39 99

Top 20 Biomedical Engineering Programs Which Have The Highest Percentage of Women Graduates in 2011

The Biomedical Engineering programs attract a higher proportion of women than any other engineering programs.  I thought it would be interesting to show just how high the proportion is in some programs.  I am not aware of any definitive explanation for the high participation rate.  My guess is that the opportunity to contribute to the health of the community may be an important motivating factor.   The technical factors in the field are actually more challenging than other engineering fields given the multidisciplinary manner in which problems are addressed.   People who work in the healthcare field are typically attracted to the prospect of helping patients in need.   Biomedical Engineering positions hold the promise of working on projects that will positively impact the lives of many patients if they proceed to commercialization.  The following list is created from Biomedical Engineering programs graduating 20 or more Bachelor of Science graduates.

Institution Name Total % Female
Brown University 26 69%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 102 57%
CUNY City College 34 56%
Santa Clara University 20 55%
Florida International University 49 53%
Oregon State University 21 52%
Wayne State University 64 52%
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 39 49%
Stevens Institute of Technology 66 48%
Yale University 33 48%
University of Rochester 81 48%
Columbia University in the City of New York 73 48%
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus 46 48%
University of Virginia-Main Campus 89 47%
Rice University 66 47%
University of Pennsylvania 121 46%
Mississippi State University 39 46%
University of Toledo 37 46%
Vanderbilt University 83 46%
Michigan Technological University 35 46%

 

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New Graduation Rate Information Resource For Prospective BME and BMET Students

Have you ever wondered just what the size and make up of the individual BME and BMET programs graduating classes were?  This could be an important consideration as you try to figure out the facts from  the hype of the advertising web pages that each program presents.  The information is also good to have in your back pocket as you travel or call the programs to get information about graduation rates and the percentage of graduates that are getting jobs after graduation. A 100% job success rate takes on a different meaning if there were 3 graduates vs. 30 graduates.

What does size of a graduating class have to do with your choice of program? That depends on what the student and their parents want out of the education experience.  You can find this information easily without having to slog through all those web pages at a new blog I have created called Academic Program Information Resource .  Just click on the BME tab and find out what the graduation rates were for the school’s BME program.

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Top 10 Biomedical Engineering PhD Programs Based on Student Support and Outcomes

Here is another make your own ranking webpage created at PhDs.org.  It uses National Research Council generated data as well as public data.  The details get a little hairy.  My purpose is to get some insight into a university and a program  interest in supporting and learning how well their students are doing after they graduate.  Assuming that these programs follow their university internal guidelines one set of derived ranking data would be very revealing.  That calculated ranking data is  Student Support and Outcomes.   The key word is outcomes.   Within that calculated ranking is one piece of information which directly pertains to a university’s commitment to getting feedback about how their programs are doing.  That piece of data is called “Program Collects Outcomes Data” ( 1 for yes, -1 for no ).

Of course simply stating that your program collects outcomes data is one thing.  Actually focusing on getting quality data, analyzing it in a thoughtful manner with a group of professors and industry representatives and acting to improve student outcomes is another.  In this particular case there is also the uncertainty as to whether the undergraduate program collects outcomes data.  There are five variables used to create this ranking.  Each variable is weighted based on the survey results of 50 faculty in the Biomedical Engineering field.  Please note that there is no description of how these faculty have been chosen.  There is no information about the criteria each of them use to rank the variables.  However, this is the only data that I have seen that provides an outcomes data field so far.  I will keep on looking for an undergraduate specific public report.

Given the caveat above listed below are the top ten of 74 Biomedical Engineering PhD  programs based solely on “Student Support and Outcomes” ranking criteria of 5 and no other criteria.  If the ranking of the 50 professors is accurate then  these universities may also provide similar support to their undergraduates.

Top Ten Student Support and Outcomes

Thomas Jefferson University Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University Biomedical Engineering
New Jersey Institute of Technology Biomedical Engineering
Rice University Bioengineering
University of Utah Bioengineering
Emory University Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus Biomedical Engineering
Purdue University-Main Campus Biomedical Engineering
University of Arizona Biomedical Engineering
Cleveland State University Engineering (Chemical and Applied Biomedical Engineering)

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The 20 Smallest Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Graduating Classes of 2009

There are any number of reasons why these are small graduating classes.  The most likely is that the listed schools have only recently inaugurated their Biomedical Engineering programs.   A number of schools took advantage of the Biomedical Engineering program grants by the now defunct Whitaker Foundation before it ceased to exist in 2005.   The foundation supported the creation of at least 30 programs.  Personally I don’t believe that a small graduating class has anything to do with the quality of a program.  It would be wise for prospective students and their parents to ask about plans for accreditation at these schools if they are new programs.

20 Smallest Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Classes of 2009

School Men Women Total
Catholic University of America 8 6 14
University of the Pacific 8 5 13
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis 7 5 12
University of Houston 9 3 12
Brown University 8 3 11
University of Louisville 4 6 10
University of Memphis 5 5 10
Tufts University 6 3 9
University of Central Oklahoma 5 2 7
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo 3 3 6
Western New England College 3 3 6
Alfred University 2 3 5
Lawrence Technological University 4 1 5
University of Idaho 3 2 5
Florida Gulf Coast University 3 1 4
Indiana Institute of Technology 4 0 4
The College of New Jersey 3 1 4
LeTourneau University 2 0 2
Oral Roberts University 1 0 1
Walla Walla University 1 0 1

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Biomedical Engineering Programs Which Reported No M.S or Ph.D. graduates in 2009

The following is a list of schools which did not report graduates in the Biomedical Engineering discipline with Master of Science or Doctorates in Philosophy in 2009.  This would be a good starting point for anyone looking for a school which may focus on undergraduate degrees exclusively.

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Bucknell University
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
Colorado School of Mines
Florida Gulf Coast University
George Washington University
Indiana Institute of Technology
Lawrence Technological University
Lehigh University
LeTourneau University
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
Michigan Technological University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Oral Roberts University
Oregon State University
Pennsylvania State University-College of Medicine
Portland Community College
Saint Louis University-Main Campus
Stevens Institute of Technology
The College of New Jersey
University of California-Merced
University of California-Riverside
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Louisville
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Rhode Island
University of the Pacific
Walla Walla University
Washington State University
Western New England College

Check Out Your School’s Education vs. Final Compensation Potential

Here is a recently created resource that you will find very interesting or depressing depending on your future choice or former choice of school. These results do not necessarily equate with how well a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (BME) or an A.S. or B.S. in Biomedical Engineering Technology (BMET) program prepares you for a position in the health care industry. Be sure to ask any BME or BMET program about the percentage of recent graduates obtaining jobs in the health care industry within six months before making a decision. The following resource should give you an idea about which schools you are considering give a better return on your education investment.

Bloomberg Return on College Investment Interactive Report

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