Civil and Environmental Grad Programs Placed in Top 20 for Third Straight Year

For the third year in a row, the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment’s (ESSIE) Department of Civil & Coastal Engineering and Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences are ranked among the top 20 public universities, according to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools. The Civil Engineering graduate program jumped two spots, landing at No. 17.

“We view such rankings as one indicator of the impact of ESSIE’s focus on continual development of educational and research capacity,” said ESSIE Director Kirk Hatfield, Ph.D. “Our educational experiences have been enhanced by a growing population of research-active faculty who bring their latest discoveries and unique hands-on experience into the classroom and laboratory.”

The Environmental Engineering Sciences graduate program was ranked at No. 18 among public universities, for a second consecutive year. ESSIE Associate Director Kurtis Gurley, Ph.D., credits the rankings as a result of a joint endeavor from School personnel.

“While we are encouraged by the national rankings that validate our sustained efforts, we reserve our pride for the collective efforts of our faculty, staff and students, and the culture of excellence, diversity and mutual respect they carry forward every day,” Dr. Gurley added.

ESSIE is a part of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering at the University of Florida. The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering is ranked among the Top 25 public graduate engineering schools in the U.S. and the No. 1 engineering school in the State of Florida for more information on graduate rankings, visit


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