The preview, which reviewed 199 schools granting doctoral degrees, listed the top 10 schools in alphabetical order. USC shares the top-10 honor with several other California schools, including rivals UC Berkeley, Stanford and the California Institute of Technology.
In the 2013 U.S. News and World Report graduate school rankings, Viterbi was ranked 12 among 198 schools surveyed. Schools are ranked based on a number of factors including student selectivity, level of research and peer and recruiter evaluations.
Viterbi representatives declined to comment until Tuesday, when the full rankings are officially released.
Jay Singh, a junior majoring in biomedical engineering, said that the rankings didn’t change his perception of the school, which has been prestigious for some time.
“Viterbi was highly ranked even before this release,” Singh said. “It’s always been a phenomenal school, and it will continue to be.”
Wang said he was proud of the high ranking of his school.
“I thought it was exciting that a school I’m attending has moved into such a prestigious position,” said Eric Wang, a freshman majoring in computer science.
Chen said he is considering applying to Viterbi’s progressive degree program, which allows undergraduate students to earn both a bachelor and a master’s degree in five years.
“I think Viterbi’s graduate program is stronger than its undergraduate, which is also great,” Jacky Chen said. “Viterbi’s ranking was definitely a factor in my decision to apply for this program.”