Best Undergraduate Engineering Schools with Program Information

Learn about the best schools for undergraduate engineering programs. Read about areas of specialization at four top-notch schools, and find a list with at-a-glance information about other universities in the U.S. that offer engineering programs.

Students in pursuit of a degree in engineering have many schools to choose from including these top picks. Undergraduate degrees in a variety of areas including mechanical, electrical, computer and more can be found at many universities.

School Overview

Undergraduate programs in engineering typically lead to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.); individual programs may award a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). Students seeking professional licensure after graduation should look for programs accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Each of the institutes and universities discussed below offer programs that have been approved by ABET and have received past high rankings from U.S. News & World Report for their undergraduate engineering programs.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge

School Highlight: In 2017, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had the best undergraduate engineering program in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Through the School of Engineering, undergraduates can earn a Bachelor of Science in a number of engineering specialties, including aeronautical, electrical, mechanical and civil engineering. Degree programs in chemical, biological, nuclear and environmental engineering are also available. The majority of MIT undergraduate students take advantage of the undergraduate research programs and many participate in the alternative learning communities that are available to students.

Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta

School Highlight: According to U.S. News & World Report in 2017, the Georgia Institute of Technology tied as the fourth-best undergraduate engineering program in the nation.

Georgia Tech's College of Engineering offers over 50 degrees. Once admitted, students can pursue a bachelor's degree in 11 areas of study. These include aerospace, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering. The college also offers degrees in environmental and biomedical engineering. After the program, undergraduate students are prepared to enter the workforce or apply for a graduate degree program.

University of Florida in Gainesville

School Highlight: For 2016, Kiplinger named the University of Florida the best value for in-state students and the second best value for out-of-state students on its list of best college values.

The College of Engineering offers programs in 15 specialty areas. Students may pursue degrees in chemical, computer, nuclear, aerospace, environmental, civil and electrical engineering. Flexible study is also offered in the form of short courses, graduate certificates or individual courses. These study options can often be followed online.

Stanford University in Stanford, CA

School Highlight: Stanford was named the second best undergraduate engineering program in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, in 2017.

The 4-year private institution also holds the second-best graduate engineering school, as designated by U.S. News & World Report in 2017. Stanford's School of Engineering has four institutes, 55 centers and labs, which offer eleven specialty areas from nine departments all ranked in the top 4 nationally, including aeronautics and astronautics, management science and engineering, chemical engineering and computer science, along with traditional courses of study in electrical and mechanical engineering. Additionally, the school offers eight interdepartmental major programs including bioengineering, chemical, civil, electrical engineering and more all with undergraduate degrees.

Top Undergraduate Engineering Universities

Many other schools also made top marks in 2017 as excellent undergraduate engineering schools which are listed below.

  • Brown University in Providence, RI offers both B.S. and B.A. degrees in engineering.
  • Evanston, IL is home to Northwestern University where you can design your own engineering program.
  • Purdue University located in West Lafayette, IN offers an honors program for students seeking a more intensive experience.
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign has a student chapter of Engineers without Borders.
  • University of Texas in Austin is where students can pursue short-term and semester-long study abroad programs.
  • Charlottesville, VA houses the University of Virginia where students in the experiential learning program can participate in national and international competitions.

Engineering students interested in the various career fields have a lot of schools they can choose from. MIT, Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Florida and Stanford are four of the best in undergraduate engineering. All the schools listed have a high ranking in various fields of engineering.

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