The engineering program at Northern Arizona University was named in the U.S. News Best Colleges, 2013 Edition, released today.

NAU ranked 44th on the publication’s annual list of engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s. The ranking marked a return to recognition for the school, which had been ranked for five straight years through 2008.

“We are very proud of the recognition that our engineering program has received from U.S. News & World Report,” said Paul Jagodzinski, dean of the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences. “The strength of our program lies in the dedication of the faculty to providing personal attention to our students and to the faculty constantly revising the curricula so that our students are well-positioned to be productive employees when they enter the workforce.”

Other schools at 44 on the list include Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Los Angeles, San Francisco State and the University of Alaska-Anchorage. The list was topped by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.