U.S. News & World Report has ranked the undergraduate engineering program at Northern Arizona University among the best in the nation for the fifth consecutive year.

The magazine’s annual rankings of Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs, released this month, lists NAU in a group of universities that ranks 38th in the nation. Others in the group include University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Boise State and Cal State-Northridge.

“It’s exciting to know that our engineering programs continue to be recognized as one of the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs in America,” said Barry Lutz, interim dean of the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences. “This recognition is a tribute to our faculty’s commitment to sustained excellence in teaching.”

The U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 edition of America’s Best Colleges was published in the September edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine, released Aug. 25.

By working with external partners—including industry colleagues and government officials—students become involved with real engineering projects and experiences, something more traditional programs fail to provide.

“With the hands-on learning students receive from this experience, they graduate with key skills and practical knowledge employers and graduate schools value,” Lutz said.

NAU has nearly 1,500 engineering majors in six specialties, including civil, electrical, environmental and mechanical engineering, computer science and construction management.