The latest iteration of one of the most authoritative rankings of engineering schools in the United States has been just been released.
US News and World Report has just released its newest list of the top tertiary institutions in America, including the country's leading graduate schools for engineering.
The programs of 212 engineering schools which confer doctoral degrees were included in its survey, of which 193 responded, with US News collecting its data in late 2013 and early 2014.
In terms of overall rankings, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology came out on top as America's leading engineering school, followed by Stanford University and the University of California - Berkeley.
The California Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University rounded out the top five, coming in fourth and fifth place respectively.
MIT and Stanford University tied for the top mechanical engineering school in the US, followed by the California Institute of Technology and the University of California-Berkeley, who tied for third place, with the Georgia Institute of Technology in fifth place.
Rankings for various engineering sub-disciplines were not necessarily consistent with the overall rankings, however, with MIT only ranking sixth among the top civil engineering schools in the US, according to the list.
The University of California - Berkeley is ranked as the top civil engineering school in America by US News, followed by the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign and Stanford University.
Obtaining a top-flight engineering education doesn't come cheap, however, with MIT and Stanford charging $43,210 and $45,480 a year respectively in tuition fees. Even the cheapest school amongst the top five, the University of California - Berkeley, charges $25,332 per year for full-time out-of-state students.
The exception to the rule that top engineering schools command exorbitant tuition fees is Texas A&M University - College Station, which charges full-time out-of-state students a mere $581 a year, and locals a mere $227.
Rankings of the 193 survey respondents were made based on a weighted average of 10 indicators, which included a peer assessment score, recruiter assessment score, and scores for total research expenditures as well as average research expenditure per faculty member.
Other factors included the student-faculty ratio, the proportion of faculty members who were members of the National Academy of Engineering, as well as the total number of doctoral degrees awarded in the 2012 - 2013 school year.