For the second time this year, the University of Utah’s Department of Bioengineering graduate program was ranked second in the nation, according to a survey of students.’s “Fall 2015 Rankings of Top Biomedical Engineering Graduate Programs” is based on a survey of current and recent graduate students. Topics that were evaluated include academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network. The rankings were compiled from data gathered between Sept. 1, 2012 and Sept. 30, 2015. The survey is held in the spring and fall of each year and has been conducted since 2012.

Like last April, the U’s bioengineering department was second only behind Rice University’s graduate program. Rounding out the top five in the new survey are University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Johns Hopkins University and Brown University.

“Our faculty and staff are grateful that our students and recent alumni feel good about our graduate program,” said U bioengineering department chairman, Patrick Tresco. “Everyone puts a lot of effort into making it work well.”