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Field Notes


For more than 150 years Penn State has been a leader in higher education, as shown by rankings from those who monitor academe from the outside. Programs in all five departments in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences are consistently rated highly in many rankings, including U.S. News & World Report. Below are the most current rankings for the department.

U.S. News and World Report Rankings

Graduate Programs

Best Global Universities

QS World University 2016 Rankings by Subject

National Science Foundation Research Expenditure Rankings

In the most recent institutional rankings (FY2018) released by the National Science Foundation of total research expenditures for science and engineering, Penn State ranked in the top 10 in expenditures in 18 research fields.  EMS programs ranked in the top twenty were:

Physical Sciences

  • 9th - Overall

Geosciences, atmospheric sciences, and ocean sciences

  • 20th - Overall
    • 7th - Geological and Earth Sciences (Subfield)