National Recognition for a University on the Rise
Demand for a Stevens education and the return on investment for Stevens graduates has never been higher. Now, national metrics and recognition are increasingly confirming and reflecting the university's upward trajectory.
During a time when the value of higher education is being questioned by some, Stevens has accelerated into the national spotlight as a leader in technology education. Through a comprehensive strategy, the university has rapidly grown in both size and impact — and ascended in rankings of higher learning.
The university has been named among the top 25 “Most Innovative Schools” by U.S. News & World Report.
Stevens research and expertise appear regularly in the pages of The Washington Post and The New Yorker, on NBC, CNN and The Weather Channel, and in hundreds of other publications and media outlets worldwide.
Stevens faculty have been inducted into the National Academy of Inventors, awarded prestigious fellowships and received NSF Career and Edison Patent awards.
Dovetailing with this rise in national prominence is a growing demand for a Stevens degree. Record-breaking highs in undergraduate applications have bucked the national trend of declining enrollment. That trend catapulted Stevens to No. 12 nationwide among universities where undergraduate applications climbed the most during the past five years, according to financial website 24/7 Wall St.
Stevens also consistently ranks highly among the nation’s elite colleges and universities for return on investment (ROI). The Class of 2019 achieved a 96% placement rate in employment or graduate school within six months of graduation and an average starting salary of more than $70,000. Head-turning student outcomes like these grab national attention year after year.
A 2019 Georgetown study, “A First Try at ROI,” ranked Stevens No. 14 in the nation for return on investment over the 40 years after enrollment, for example.
The Princeton Review placed Stevens among "The Best Value Colleges" in 2019, ranking the university No. 25 for internships and No. 7 for career placement.
Compensation consultancy PayScale ranked Stevens No. 15 in its 2018 ROI Report and No. 13 for mid-career salary of graduates in its 2019-20 College Salary Report .
And a 2018 Forbes study ranked Stevens No. 2 in the nation for gender salary equity, revealing Stevens as just one of three universities in the U.S. where female graduates’ salaries exceeded those of male graduates.
The university's continued upward trajectory has also led to record-breaking philanthropic support, both from generous Stevens alumni and organizations such as the A. James Clark Foundation. It prompted Forbes to dub Stevens the "Turnaround University" in an impressive 2017 feature.
The Carnegie Corporation of New York honored President Nariman Farvardin with a 2017 Academic Leadership Award, noting the university's investment in faculty, support for students and new academic and research facilities, among other factors.
And Stevens was honored by the American Council on Education/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation for large universities in 2018, an award given to recognize institutions that have responded to higher education challenges in innovative and creative ways and achieved dramatic changes in a relatively brief period.
Turnaround university, indeed.