Students ranked the University of Utah’s bioengineering graduate program second in the nation based on a variety of factors ranging from the quality of education to financial aid and campus safety, according to a survey by

The rankings, released in April, were based on scores in 15 categories, including academic competitiveness, faculty accessibility, graduate program value and career support. In the fall of 2014, the U’s bioengineering program was ranked No. 6. In all, 97 graduate programs were surveyed.

“We are really excited to see our national rankings continuing to improve and particularly grateful to see that students think so highly of our program,” said Patrick Tresco, chairman of the U’s bioengineering department. “We are able to offer clinically immersive training as our classrooms are next to, and often within, the hospital environment.”

In the spring 2015 survey, Rice University’s graduate biomedical engineering program was ranked No. 1 among students. University of Minnesota was ranked third, followed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Georgia Institute of Technology. has been conducting the survey, which is performed twice a year, since 2012.

In the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of the best bioengineering graduate schools in the nation, the University of Utah’s program was ranked No. 26.