Top Ten Engineering Schools in the Nation

Read about degree programs in engineering, a broad field of study with many sub-disciplines. Learn about the academic options at four renowned technology institutes and universities, and find a table summarizing other top schools in the U.S. that offer engineering programs.

Engineering has many forms, and a number of highly-ranked schools offer a range of engineering degrees and programs. Let's get a more detailed view of these schools.

School Overviews

The four schools profiled below include two private and two public universities through which students can pursue undergraduate or graduate programs in engineering. In addition to traditional engineering disciplines, individual programs can lead to a degree in environmental, industrial or nuclear engineering. The following schools all placed in the top 35 on the 2017 list of best national universities by U.S. News and World Report.

California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA

School Highlight: This school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 3:1.

Students at this 4-year private university can earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees, available through the Division of Engineering and Applied Science. At Caltech, approximately 300 full-time faculty members offer instruction to over 2,000 students in aerospace, mechanical or civil engineering. Programs in environmental science and engineering or bioengineering are also available.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA

School Highlight: MIT's School of Engineering offers degrees in ten academic departments and institutes, in addition to about 20 research centers/laboratories and a myriad of outreach and internal programs.

The School of Engineering numerously offers Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), as well as professional degrees in a variety of fields, including aerospace, chemical, nuclear or electrical engineering. MIT also offers 13 internal and outreach programs, such as the Gordon Enigneeering Leadership Program, the Sandbox Innovation Fund Program, and the Women's Technology Program.

University of California - Berkeley, CA

School Highlight: This university's Engineering department perennially boasts itself as one of the top three schools for engineering in the country, according to pundits like the U.S. News & World Report.

Over 200 faculty members at this university offer instruction in several different fields, including bioengineering, industrial engineering, operations research and materials science. Key resources for engineering students include the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (CET).

Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA

School Highlight: The College of Engineering receives year-to-year top ten rankings overall, according to U.S. World & News Report.

The College of Engineering at Georgia Tech is divided into eight departments and schools to offer numerous specialty areas in the field. In the 2016 rankings from U.S. News & World Report, all of Georgia Tech's graduate engineering specialties placed in the top ten, including industrial/manufacturing/systems engineering at #1 and biomedical engineering/bioengineering at #2. According to the American Society for Engineering Education, Georgia Tech awards the most engineering degrees to women out of all schools in the country.

Top Engineering Schools in the U.S.

Here are some other colleges with top engineering programs:

  • Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, has a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program.
  • Stanford University of Stanford, CA, has ten engineering departments containing an excess of 80 labs, programs and centers.
  • In 2015, $222 million was spent on engineering research at the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign in Urbana, IL.
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor of Ann Arbor, MI, offers online graduate programs in engineering.
  • The University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, has 8 academic departments with engineering degrees at all levels of study and 17 research centers and institutes.
  • University of Texas at Austin in Austin, TX, has approximately 10 distinct programs and departments.

The schools above offer some of the best and most diverse engineering programs out there, usually at various degree levels. Caltech, MIT, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Georgia Institute of Technology are just a few of the highest ranked schools with these programs.

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