100 Best Engineering Schools in the U.S.
Posted by Frank Gogol
Updated on April 27, 2022
Engineering is an exciting profession. You get to make an impact on people’s lives through the structures and technology you design and build. You have an opportunity to invent and create the future. But all of this is only possible once you have an engineering qualification.
Where can you go to study engineering? What are your options? Here you can find a list of the best engineering schools in the U.S. to help you make the best choice.
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Top 10 Engineering Schools in the U.S.
Here is a list of the top 10 best engineering schools in the U.S. Remember choosing a school might not be enough. They still need to approve your admission. So start early with your application processes and apply to more than one school.
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the top engineering school in America. They have about 3,120 full-time students enrolled. Their full-time tuition fees are on average about $51,520 per year.
They have close to 20 research centers on campus that span across many industries and fields of engineering. MIT students have many opportunities – even an Entrepreneurship Competition that offers $100,000 of start-up capital to the winners.
2. Stanford University
Stanford University is located in the state of California. They have an application fee of $125 and charge a full-time tuition fee of $54,015.
Stanford has 272 people on staff in the engineering department. They currently have a maximum capacity of 3,524 engineering students and are very close to (if not within) the sought after Silicon Valley. Many of the largest technology companies in the world have their headquarters in this area. A summer internship on or off-campus might get you the connection you need to get a job at a Fortune 500 company.
3. University of California – Berkeley
The University of California is commonly referred to as Berkeley. It is situated in the area called Berkeley and was established back in 1868.
Berkeley was birthed to “contribute even more than California’s gold to the glory and happiness of advancing generations”. 23% of all freshmen on campus are the first generation of their families to join a college.
4. Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University offers an application fee of $75 and their tuition fees come to a total of $47,300 per year for full-time students. Carnegie Mellon also has a part-time studying option in which each credit costs $1,971. The Carnegie Institute of Technology has 285 full-time faculty on staff. They can host a maximum of 3,834 enrolled full-time students.
Carnegie engineering students have about 10 interdisciplinary majors to choose from if you desire something more than just engineering. They collaborate with other departments at Carnegie Mellon University in either course-based or research-based degrees.
5. California Institute of Technology
California Institute of Technology is also part of the top 5 best engineering schools. They are in Pasadena, California and they host 543 enrolled full-time students.
Take note, their application deadline is 1 December and they charge a $100 application fee. They offer a master of science course that could be finished within a year (if you qualify). They also offer the more common variants of engineering namely civil, electrical, and mechanical. They even have an aeronautical engineering degree.
6. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
The College of Engineering at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) has a rolling application deadline. Their application fee is $75 for U.S. residents and $90 for international students. Their in-state tuition fees are $26,336 per year and $49,508 per year for out-of-state students.
Many of their classes focus on a project-based learning model. They generally hold a symposium in November as a way to showcase current graduates’ work and to attract new freshmen. They have a maximum capacity of 3,285 students in the engineering departments.
7. Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology has a $75 application fee for U.S. residents and an $85 fee for international students. Their full-time tuition costs $13,788 per year (in-state) and $28,568 per year for out-of-state students. They have a maximum capacity of 4,085 full-time students and have 564 people on staff.
There are about 20 engineering fields to specialize in at their College of Engineering. It ranges from medical physics to aerospace engineering. A few of their degrees also have a dual program with universities abroad. You could continue your studies as you study abroad at partner universities.
8. Purdue University–West Lafayette
Purdue University is situated in West Lafayette. Their College of Engineering holds a maximum capacity of 3,130 full-time students. They charge an application fee of $60 for U.S. residents and $75 for international students.
Purdue University’s tuition fees range from $10,330 per year for in-state students to $29,132 per year for out-of-state students. They have 397 people on staff and have a rolling application deadline.
9. University of Southern California (Viterbi)
The University of Southern California is found in the city of Los Angeles. Their Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering has a maximum capacity of 4,203 students and their application deadline is January, 15.
The application fee is a standard $90 for residents and international students. Their tuition fees for part-time students are $2,005 per credit and they have 188 full-time faculty staff.
10. University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign
The University of Illinois is in Urbana (Champaign). They have a maximum capacity of 3,733 full-time students. Their in-state tuition fees for full-time students are $18,256 per year and $34,330 per year for out-of-state students. They have 440 full-time faculty on staff.
This is the top 10 list of the best engineering schools. But perhaps you haven’t found what you want yet. Here follows the list of the ranked top 100 best engineering schools which you can also consider.
Top 100 Ranking U.S. Engineering Schools
|1||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Visit|
|3||University of California – Berkeley||Visit|
|4||Carnegie Mellon University||Visit|
|5||California Institute of Technology||Visit|
|6||University of Michigan – Ann Arbor||Visit|
|7||Georgia Institute of Technology||Visit|
|8||Purdue University – West Lafayette||Visit|
|9||University of Southern California (Viterbi)||Visit|
|10||University of Illinois – Urbana (Champaign)||Visit|
|11||Columbia University (Fu Foundation)||Visit|
|12||University of California – San Diego (Jacobs)||Visit|
|13||University of Texas – Austin (Cockrell)||Visit|
|15||Texas A&M University – College Station||Visit|
|16||University of California – Los Angeles (Samueli)||Visit|
|17||Johns Hopkins University (Whiting)||Visit|
|19||University of Pennsylvania||Visit|
|20||Northwestern University (McCormick)||Visit|
|22||University of Maryland – College Park (Clark)||Visit|
|23||University of Wisconsin – Madison||Visit|
|24||Duke University – Pratt||Visit|
|25||North Carolina State University||Visit|
|26||University of California – Santa Barbara||Visit|
|27||Ohio State University||Visit|
|28||Rice University (Brown)||Visit|
|29||University of Minnesota – Twin Cities||Visit|
|30||University of Washington||Visit|
|31||University of California – Davis||Visit|
|32||University of Colorado – Boulder||Visit|
|35||Pennsylvania State University – University Park||Visit|
|37||University of California – Irvine (Samueli)||Visit|
|40||New York University (Tandon)||Visit|
|41||Iowa State University||Visit|
|42||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||Visit|
|43||University of Virginia||Visit|
|44||Arizona State University (Fulton)||Visit|
|45||University of Florida||Visit|
|46||University of Rochester (Hajim)||Visit|
|48||University of Dayton||Visit|
|49||University of Delaware||Visit|
|50||University of Notre Dame||Visit|
|51||University of Pittsburgh (Swanson)||Visit|
|52||Case Western Reserve University||Visit|
|53||Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey||Visit|
|54||Washington University in St. Louis||Visit|
|55||Dartmouth College (Thayer)||Visit|
|56||Michigan State University||Visit|
|57||University of Utah||Visit|
|58||Colorado School of Mines||Visit|
|59||University of Massachusetts – Amherst||Visit|
|60||University of Tennessee – Knoxville (Tickle)||Visit|
|61||Colorado State University (Scott)||Visit|
|62||Lehigh University (Rossin)||Visit|
|63||University of Buffalo – SUNY||Visit|
|64||Stony Brook University – SUNY||Visit|
|65||University of Arizona||Visit|
|66||University of Texas – Dallas (Jonsson)||Visit|
|68||University of Connecticut||Visit|
|69||Auburn University (Ginn)||Visit|
|71||University of Houston (Cullen)||Visit|
|72||University of Illinois – (Chicago)||Visit|
|73||Oregon State University||Visit|
|74||University of Iowa||Visit|
|76||George Washington University||Visit|
|77||Rochester Institute of Technology (Gleason)||Visit|
|78||Stevens Institute of Technology (Schaefer)||Visit|
|80||University of California – Riverside (Bourns)||Visit|
|81||University of Central Florida||Visit|
|82||Illinois Institute of Technology (Armour)||Visit|
|83||Missouri University of Science & Technology – Rolla||Visit|
|84||University of Texas – Arlington||Visit|
|85||Michigan Technological University||Visit|
|86||University of New Mexico||Visit|
|87||University of California – Santa Cruz (Baskin)||Visit|
|88||Washington State University||Visit|
|89||New Jersey Institute of Technology||Visit|
|90||University of Cincinnati||Visit|
|91||University of South Florida||Visit|
|92||Worcester Polytechnic Institute||Visit|
|93||Air Force Institute of Technology||Visit|
|94||Texas Tech University (Whitacre)||Visit|
|95||Binghamton University – SUNY (Watson)||Visit|
|96||Brigham Young University||Visit|
|97||Mississippi State University (Bagley)||Visit|
|98||Oregon Health and Science University||Visit|
|99||University of Kansas||Visit|
|100||University of Kentucky||Visit|
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The U.S. has some great engineering schools for you to choose from. Some of the best engineering schools in the world are found here. People from all across the globe come to the U.S. to further their studies in engineering related fields.
Choose the schools you like and apply as soon as possible to increase your chances of success.
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