2022-23 Rankings and Data

By Editorial Staff

National Rankings

Undergraduate program 33rd among public universities1

Graduate program 31st among public universities1

Graduate Online Program 16th among all engineering colleges1

30th in bachelor's degrees awarded among public universities2

50th national ranking in undergraduate degrees awarded to women2

46th national ranking by number of tenured / tenure-track faculty2

3rd graduate online civil and engineering program1

27th undergraduate enrollment among public universities2

1 U.S. News & World Report | 2 American Society for Engineering Education

2022 Enrollment Snapshot













22.5 percent female

17.2 percent underrepresented

2022 Enrollment and Graduates 

Program Fall 2021 Enrollment
Bachelors Masters PhD
Aerospace Engineering 580 28 54
Biosystems Engineering 178 19 18
Chemical Engineering 424 10 79
Civil & Environmental Engineering 545 69 68
Computer Science & Software Engineering 1180 84 116
Cybersecurity 19
Data 13
Electrical & Computer Engineering 531 33 69
Master of Engineering  22
Engineering Management 99
Industrial & Systems Engineering 395 49 85
Materials Engineering 28 9 33
Mechanical Engineering 1,168 64 91
Polymer & Fiber Engineering 1 4
Wireless Engineering 11
Pre-Engineering 47


Faculty Snapshot

  • 190 tenured/tenure track faculty
  • 47 non-tenure track teaching/research faculty
  • 15 postdoctoral researchers/fellows

Research Expenditures

$86 million

Research Award Highlights in 2022

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
“AU Gulf Coast Engineering Research Station”
Joel Hayworth (civil and environmental engineering)

National Institutes of Health R35 award
“Development of Computational Tools For Accounting For Host Variability In Predicting T-Cell Epitopes”
Christopher Kieslich (chemical engineering)

National Science Foundation
“CAREER: Harnessing External Knowledge to Improve Computer Vision Robustness, Explainability and User Accuracy”
Anh Nguyen (computer science and software engineering)

“In-Mold Electronics Interconnection and Thermoforming For 3D-Integrated Applications”
Pradeep Lall (Center for Advanced Vehicle Electronics)

National Institutes of Health R35 award
“Cell Mechanoresponses In Physiologically Relevant Microenvironments”
Panagiotis Mistriotis (chemical engineering)

National Institutes of Health R01 award
“Engineered Colon Cancer Tissue To Examine The Impact Of The Obese Microenvironment”
Elizabeth Lipke (chemical engineering)

National Science Foundation
“CAREER: Towards Efficient & Fast Hierarchical Federated Learning In Heterogenous Wireless Edge Networks”
Xiaowen Gong (electrical engineering)

Department of Energy
“DOE CAREER: Mechanisms Of Hydrogen Interaction With Earth Materials Subsurface Formations”
Lauren Beckingham (civil and environmental engineering)

National Science Foundation
“RET Site: Project-Based Learning for Rural Alabama STEM Middle School Teachers in Machine Learning and Robotics”
Xiaowen Gong (electrical engineering), Thaddeus Roppel (electrical engineering) and Daniela Marghitu (computer science and software engineering)

High Profile Research Areas

  • Transportation Engineering: $4,700,000
  • Advanced Manufacturing Systems: $9,000,000
  • Autonomy and Assured Position, Navigation and Timing: $2,000,000
  • Micro and Nano Electronics: $4,900,000
  • Biomedical and Health Systems: $2,800,000