Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin


UT PGE jumps to the No. 1 undergraduate program in petroleum engineering.

According to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings this top rating, in addition to the graduate program’s No. 1 ranking in the spring, affirms UT PGE’s position as the nation’s leading petroleum engineering department. Only one other program at UT Austin - accounting - received the coveted No. 1 position.

U.S. News' undergraduate rankings are among the most prestigious ratings in higher education. The last ranking of petroleum engineering undergraduate programs by U.S. News & World Report listed UT PGE as No. 2 in 2003.

For the fall of 2016, almost 400 students are enrolled in the undergraduate petroleum engineering program at UT Austin. Students are instructed by world-class faculty, including three members of the National Academy of Engineering.

2017 undergrad rankings

UT PGE freshmen and mentors at the First-year Fall Retreat

With a low student-to-faculty ratio, UT PGE provides students with opportunities to learn from the latest technology in the classroom and participate in high-caliber undergraduate energy research to best prepare them for careers in industry. In addition, undergraduate students meet with oil and gas leaders through student organizations, learn computer programming via our study abroad program and garner field experience through petroleum engineering camps and internships.

UT Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering remains in the No. 11 spot for engineering schools. The Cockrell School’s aerospace, chemical, civil, electrical, computer, mechanical and environmental engineering programs are all ranked in the nation’s top 10.

The U.S. News rankings focus on academic excellence, with schools ranked on up to 15 measures of academic quality. Overall, the rankings emphasize student outcomes – including graduation and retention rates – which carry the most weight at 30 percent. School profiles also include specifics on academic life, alumni giving, financial aid, student body makeup and more.