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

Here is another make your own ranking webpage created at  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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2 thoughts on “Top 10 Biomedical Engineering PhD Programs Based on Student Support and Outcomes

  1. The best universities to go to are the ones that have the best research programs and affiliations to corporate companies. I go to NJIT and the reason it is a top school despite being a smaller public university is that NJ has a strong work sector in biomechanics so our university is well networked to top industry fields.

    1. That is an interesting statement. Can you provide some real statistics? I would like to see outcomes results such as the percentage of students getting positions within 6 months or a year or a list of corporations and the number of graduates which were hired within the last year. There are a small number of colleges which do publish this type of information on their websites. I believe those who do demonstrate a strong attention to student outcomes. Sadly the vast majority of colleges and universities don’t report this information where it can be found easily if at all. On a positive note, however, for-profit education institutions have recently been required to report their student outcomes by federal law. Now if only we can get a federal law to require the same reporting from the rest of the post secondary institutions.

      Joaquin Mayoral

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