The USA's Top 10 Best Engineering Schools & Colleges for 2013

These are the top-ranked engineering schools in the country, according to the most recent rankings from U.S. News & World Report

By Neil Johnson
Posted 2012

Top 10 Best Engineering Schools
Top 10 Best Engineering Schools

Employers love the slide rule crowd.

According to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report, workers with science and engineering degrees were the most likely to be working full time and received the highest average salaries among the 17 fields the Census survey examined.

The survey findings show the emphasis on the STEM professions - science, technology, engineering and math - and their value in the workplace.

Engineering topped the list in median pay at $91,000 and was second in percentage of graduates working full-time.

Emphasizing the need for engineers, a U.S. News & World Report article showed unemployment among engineering graduates was a basement-hugging 2%.

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Here’s a look at some of the best engineering schools in a U.S. News & World Report ranking.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Founded during the Civil War, MIT is a private school in Cambridge, Mass., with 4,400 undergraduate students, 55% of which are males. Tuition and fees are $42,000. Engineering is the most popular major with 44% of the graduates. Engineering programs include civil and environmental, chemical, nuclear science,  environmental and aeronautics.

Stanford University

A private school 30 miles from San Francisco, Stanford has about 7,000 undergraduate students. Tuition is $41,700. Engineering is the third most popular major with 15% of the graduates. Stanford’s engineering school has nine departments, including aeronautics, bioengineering, chemical, civil and electrical.

California Institute of Technology

A private school in Pasadena, Calif., Cal Tech has fewer than 1,000 undergraduate students. All are members of a fraternity or sorority. Tuition is $39,500. Engineering is the most popular major with 41% of the graduates. Engineering degrees include bioengineering, mechanical, civil, aeronautics, aerospace and electrical.

University of California—Berkeley

Another San Francisco area school, Berkley is a public university with 26,000 undergraduate students, 53% of which are female. Tuition for California residents is $11,700 and for non-residents is $34,600. Room and board is $15,000. Engineering ranks No. 3 with 10% of the graduates. There are nine engineering departments in fields such as industrial, mechanical, nuclear, electrical and environmental.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Based in Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public university with nearly 14,000 undergraduate students, with two thirds male. In-state tuition is $10,000 and for non-residents, $29,000. Room and board is $11,400. More than half the students, 57%, are enrolled in engineering. There are nine engineering fields including nuclear, materials science, industrial, chemical, civil and aerospace.

University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign

A public university in east-central Illinois a few hours from Chicago and St. Louis, it has about 32,000 undergraduates with 55% male. Tuition for Illinois residents is $14,000 and out-of-state costs are $28,500. Engineering is the most popular major with 16% of the graduates. Engineering departments include nuclear and plasma, civil, agricultural, mechanical and industrial.

University of Michigan--Ann Arbor

A public university in Ann Arbor, about 45 minutes from Detroit, it has about 27,000 undergraduates almost evenly split by gender. In-state tuition is $13,400 and out-of-state students pay $39,000. The engineering school has 12 departments including marine, electrical, mechanical, industrial and nuclear.

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Carnegie Mellon University

Founded by Andrew Carnegie, it is a private university in Pittsburgh with 6,200 undergraduates. The majority are males. Tuition is $45,000. Engineering courses are two of the top five majors. There are nine on-campus engineering departments with degrees including chemical, civil, electrical and computer, mechanical and materials science.

Cornell University

A private university in Ithaca, N.Y., Cornell has 14,000 undergraduate students spilt evenly between male and female. Tuition is $43,400. Engineering is the most popular major with 16% of the graduates. There are 14 engineering departments or programs that include operations and information, civil, systems, chemical and biomolecular and biological engineering.

Princeton University

The private university was founded in 1741 in Princeton, N.J., and has 5,200 undergraduates equally divided by gender. Tuition runs $38,600. There are eight engineering departments including operations research and financial engineering, aerospace, chemical, biological, civil and environmental and electrical.


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