Top Ranked University for Biomedical Engineering - New York, NY

School and Ranking Info

There are roughly five schools within a 10-mile radius of New York, NY, that offer degree programs in biomedical engineering, and these include both public and private institutions. Based upon its high-ranking undergraduate biomedical engineering program, standing as a national university and degree levels offered, the top school for biomedical engineering students is an Ivy League university in Upper Manhattan.

  • Winner: Columbia University is a private, not-for-profit school composed of over 20 colleges and schools, including the Fu Foundation School of Engineering. At this school, students can earn a bachelor's, master's, doctoral or post-graduate certificate in biomedical engineering.

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Category Columbia University
Rankings #4 among National Universities (2015);
#6 among Best Value Schools (2015);
#22 among Best Undergraduate Engineering Schools (2014);
#22 among Best Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Programs (2014);
#15 among Best Biomedical Engineering Graduate Programs (2014)*
Location New York, NY
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergraduate: $49,138**
Biomedical Engineering Awards Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctoral and post-graduate certificate
Biomedical Engineering Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 100**
Most Popular Biomedical Engineering Degree Level in 2012-2013 Bachelor's (42 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 entering class 93%**
Noteworthy Undergraduate biomedical engineering program is accredited by ABET

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator.

Columbia University

  • Up-to-date facilities include research equipment, state-of-the-art microscopes and a wet lab for biomechanics
  • Foreign exchange programs allow biomedical engineering students to study abroad
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering awards and prizes for graduating seniors
  • Extracurricular activities include the Biomedical Engineering Society and GraBME organization

One of the oldest universities in the nation, Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King's College and settled on its current name in 1784. The university serves nearly 24,700 students annually and has a low student-faculty ratio of 6:1. The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science includes the Department of Biomedical Engineering, which offers undergraduate and graduate programs focusing on cell and tissue engineering, biomedical imaging and biomechanics. Students here can earn a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biomedical Engineering.

The first two years of the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering program consist of liberal arts and basic science courses in chemistry, biology and physics. In the final two years, students select a track in cell and tissue engineering, biomedical imaging or biomechanics. The 30-credit Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering program offers separate options for students with a biology/biomedical engineering or engineering background and includes courses in advanced math and quantitative physiology. The Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering program requires an additional 30 credits of coursework beyond the Master of Science program, including two courses in advanced math. Students may apply 12 credits of research to their degree plan; a doctoral thesis and qualifying exam are also required.

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