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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was founded in 1861 as a private institution.  The School of Engineering educates almost half of all graduate students enrolled and the faculty in the School of Engineering accounts for more than half of the research expenditure volume of the whole Institute.  The engineering school is highly regarded and prides itself on defining the future of science and technology.

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Stanford University

Stanford, CA

The Stanford School of Engineering, also known as the Huang Engineering Center was founded in 1925 and lies just outside Silicon Valley. Offering 10 specialty engineering graduate degrees, it is estimated Stanford Engineering faculty and graduates have contributed to the founding of some 12,700 companies, including well known: Google, Cisco Systems, and Hewlett-Packard.

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University of California--Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

Berkeley Engineering has played an important role at the University of California-Berkeley since its founding as a public institution in 1896. Today, Berkeley Engineering offers 8 graduate engineering programs which account for over 40 research centers and institutes. Berkeley Engineering focuses on creating innovation by facilitating faculty and student collaborations in its research and teaching.

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California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

The Division of Engineering and Applied Science at California Institute of Technology, also known as Caltech, is an independent institution founded in Pasadena in 1891. The Division of Engineering accounts for almost 1/3 of the full time faculty and almost half the graduate students at Caltech.  The National Medal of Technology has been awarded to 13 faculty, trustees, and Alumni recipients from the California Institute of Technology.

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Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) was assembled in 1967 as the result of the merger between Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT) and Mellon Institute of Industrial Research, to form private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Carnegie Mellon Engineering students make up about 28% of the Carnegie Mellon students body while attending one of CIT's seven engineering departments. From its inception to current day, the Carnegie Institute of Technology has been considered a prestigious U.S. Institution. 

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Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA

The College of Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology established its first engineering program in 1885. Located in the heart of Atlanta, the College of Engineering offers over 20 specialized graduate degrees programs and accounts for about 50% of students in a graduate program. The College of Engineering prides itself on its dedication to scholarship, research, and teaching. 

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University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign

Urbana, IL

The University of Illinois is a public institution established in 1867. The College of Engineering offers graduate programs in 13 departments accounting for almost 30% of students in Engineering at Illinois. The University of Illinois-Cubana-Champaign and the College of engineering are home to the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center, the largest engineering Library in the United States.

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Purdue University--West Lafayette

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, was established in 1869 as one of the United States, flagship universities. Purdue’s Women in Engineering Program was the first of its kind in the nation when founded in 1969. Today, The Graduate School Offers over 70 graduate degrees programs, with the School of Engineering Education (ENE) continuing innovation by granting the first PhD in the field of engineering education in 2006.

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University of Michigan--Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

The University of Michigan was established in 1817 and now resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The College of Engineering has 11 academic departments, offering over 30 specialized graduate degrees with more than 300 faculty members. U-M is regarded as a national leader in research funding with Michigan Engineering being a significant contributor to the university's research mission, bringing in a total of 180.1 million in research expenditures in 2010.

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University of Texas--Austin

Austin, TX

The University of Texas-Austin was founded in 1883 as a flagship state university. The Cockrell School of Engineering has averaged consistent growth with its research expenditures, averaging over 100 million per year for the past 10 years. Allowing students to pursuer graduate degrees in more than 10 areas, about 30% of the total enrollment at the Cockrell School of Engineering is comprised of graduate students. 

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Texas A&M University--College Station

College Station, TX

Texas A&M was established in 1871 as the first public institution of higher education in Texas. Today it is the one of the largest universities in Texas as well as the United States. Of the 240 graduate degree programs offered, the Dwight Look College of Engineering offers over 25 degrees in about 16 departments. Continuing relationships with groups such as Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) has contributed to the Dwight Look College of Engineering regularly being ranked as a top school for engineering.

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University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

University of Southern California (USC) is a private institution which was founded in 1880. The Viterbi College of Engineering offers over 15 Masters and PhD program fields. USC Viterbi School of Engineering, in partnership with USC School of Policy, was awarded the nation’s first Department of Homeland Security Research Center of Excellence and is home of the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) making it one of the best colleges for Engineering in the United States.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Founded in 1865, Cornell University is a private institution residing on 745 rural acres in Ithaca, New York.  Its graduate business programs are part of the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management, which offers accounting, economic, general management, marketing, not-for-profit management and many other concentrations.  Irene Rosenfeld, CEO of Kraft Foods Inc., is one of the school's notable alumni.

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Columbia University

New York, NY

Founded in 1754, Columbia University is a private institution located in Manhattan, New York. The graduate department within the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) enrolls about 2,000 graduate students, specializing in one of the 10 academic departments offered. Each SEAS department focuses on individual research projects, making the Fu Foundation a premiere research School among engineering programs.

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University of California--San Diego

La Jolla, CA

The University of California – San Diego (UCSD) is a public institution established in 1960.  Its graduate engineering programs are part of the Jacobs School of Engineering, which offers both undergraduate and graduate level degree programs. UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering has an average enrollment of 1500 graduate students who study in one of the more than eight academic departments, offering masters and doctoral level degrees.  

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University of California--Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

A public institution founded in 1882, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus opened in 1919.  The graduate department within the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science averagely enrolls over 1,600 students each year. UCLA engineering faculty and students have taken on hundreds of research projects making the Henry Samueli School of engineering and Applied Science a top-tier engineering school.

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Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Princeton University is a private, Ivy League, research university established in 1746 and located in Princeton, New Jersey. The School of Engineering and Applied Science has over 125 permanent faculty members for it’s over 500 graduate students. Within the schools six departments of graduate study is an annual research expenditure budget of $60 million. Notable alumni include Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and Lisa Jackson, the former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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University of Wisconsin--Madison

Madison, WI

Founded in 1848, University of Wisconsin-Madison is a public research located in Madison, Wisconsin. Its College of Engineering offers about 9 programs to its more than 1,300 graduate and doctoral students. The college is home to 15 research consortia and 44 research centers including the Fusion Research Center and The Disaster Management Center. For the past decade the faculty and staff at the College of Engineering have recorded an average of 100 patent disclosures per year.

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University of California--Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is a public research university established in 1891. The School of Engineering offers graduate degrees in five specialty areas for its average graduate enrollment of over 700 students. With 220,000 square feet of facilities between four buildings within the School of Engineering innovation, exploration, and education are plentiful. 

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Founded in 1852 as the School of Mines, Arts, and Manufactures, today's School of Engineering and Applied Science at University of Pennsylvania (UP) offers 16 programs for graduate study.  Six dedicated labs and facilities exist along with 13 collaborative centers and institutes for faculty and students in a variety of college’s including Schools of Medicine, Arts and Sciences, and Wharton Business School. Penn engineering regards itself as being at the forefront of innovation, making it a top rated university for the field of engineering. 

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Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech (VT) was founded in 1872 as a public university. The main campus resides on 2,600 acres in Blackburg, Virginia. The College of Engineering offers M.S., M. Eng., and Ph.D. degrees in a variety of engineering fields. Offering over 35 Institutes, Centers, and Labs the College of Engineering stays at the forefront of innovation and is considered a premiere university in Virginia and nationally.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University (NU) is a private research university founded in 1851 in Illinois. The McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science offers 15 full-time master’s degree programs among the school’s eight departments. NU prides itself on top quality research and $1.5 billion is budgeted annually for research at the School of Engineering. McCormick hosts 23 research institutes and centers where it’s over 1,500 graduate students may participate. 

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University of Maryland--College Park

College Park, MD

University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) is a public research university established in 1856. UMCP is located in College Park, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. Graduate students attending the A. James Clark School of Engineering have the opportunity to participate in over 15 programs of study with nearly 200 faculty members. The college of Engineering brings has exceptional graduate research support opportunities with programs such as the Fichell graduate fellowship and the Lockheed graduate support program.

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Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

The Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers four broad areas of study: applied mathematics, applied physics, computer science and engineering sciences. The school offers students the chance to earn a master’s degree in either science or engineering, and they can also work tuition-free toward a Ph.D. Students also can cross-register for courses in Harvard’s medical school, law school and business school. There are also 10 research centers on campus, including the Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering and the Center for Nanoscale Systems.

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Pennsylvania State University--University Park

University Park, PA

Founded in 1855, University Park is a public research institution and the flagship campus of Pennsylvania State University.  University Park, located just outside College Township Pennsylvania, is just one of the more than 20 university campuses positioned across the state of Pennsylvania. The College of Engineering offers over 10 program areas of study to almost 1, 500 graduate and doctoral students. The engineering endowment value has averaged well over 100 million annually for the past decade.

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