According to a recent article in Forbes Magazine, the rating included responses from 106,000 college students as well as data from campus administrators.
The survey also investigated campus capabilities concerning streaming media, support for hand-held computing, and support for next-generation computer curricula.
"This new ranking recognizes once again that Stevens is at the forefront of education that integrates information technology and computer science acumen across the curriculum," said Stevens President Dr. Harold Raveche. "Being on this leading edge means that Stevens graduates are exceptionally well-prepared to thrive and flourish in the networked professional world."
In the Forbes story, the Princeton Review praises Stevens for providing students with top-of-the-line Hewlett-Packard notebook computers that are customized for the Stevens Network.
"With those laptops, students can access the internet from wireless locations outside campus buildings, the cafeteria, even outside on the lawn," reads the article.
The survey also said that Stevens has made significant efforts to partner with private companies to develop new communication technologies.
"Stevens has an avant-garde program called Technogenesis in which students, faculty and companies work together to develop technology from the birth of an idea all the way to its introduction to the market," reads the Forbes story. "Students are currently working with Lucent Technologies on a laser designed to improve the transmission of wireless information. The school also has longstanding partnerships with other Forbes 500 firms, including Johnson & Johnson and AT&T."
The researchers and students in the Stevens' Physics and Engineering Physics Department recently have established the first mid-infrared QC-Laser link, and with it have archived the fastest communication like in the mid-infrared spectrum to date.
For decades Stevens has grow a reputation for being one of the country's most connected campuses. According to university officials, in 1982, Stevens made national headlines as the first institution to require all undergraduates to own and use a personal computer.
In the mid-1980s, Stevens provided network access from all residence hall rooms to the campus network and the internet, and in the 1990s, the school completed all networking within its residence halls to support gigabit-speed networking.
Also according to Stevens' officials, the university has Stevens recently embarked on an endeavor to enhance homeland and national security through its new Wireless Network Security Center (WiNSeC), a research center for security methods.
"What we're doing at WiNSeC is balancing out all the aspects of communications technology to provide research on connectivity," said Dr. Paul Kolodzy, Director of WiNSeC and a former official with the Federal Communications Commission and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. "We examine how systems augment military and homeland communications systems, and how these networks deal with transitioning from one to another."