The top engineering schools in the US vary by location, size, and cost. To determine the best schools to attend, check out the following rankings from US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools 2018: • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (No. 1 nationally) • Stanford University (No. 2 nationally) • Harvard University (No. 3 nationally) • California Institute of Technology (No. 4 nationally) • Princeton University (No. 5 nationally) • Columbia University (No. 7 nationally) • Cornell University (No. 8 nationally) • Northwestern University (No. 10 nationally)
The University of California, Berkeley is considered to be one of the best engineering schools in America. Not only does it offer exceptional undergraduate and graduate programs (including business and law), but it also provides opportunities for self-improvement through a wide range of clubs and activities. And what’s more, Berkeley offers some of the most stunning views and diverse cultural experiences that you could ask for as an American college student.
Georgia Institute of Technology
The Georgia Institute of Technology (commonly referred to as Georgia Tech, Tech, or GT) is a public research university and institute of technology located in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a part of the University System of Georgia and has satellite campuses in Savannah, GA; Metz, France; Athlone, Ireland; Shenzhen, China; and Singapore.
University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin is home to an array of centers and institutes that develop and apply advanced scientific, mathematical, computational, and engineering knowledge. The Cockrell School of Engineering at UT Austin is ranked among the best undergraduate programs in both civil and mechanical engineering. We have to note that although it ranks high for undergraduate studies, it doesn’t make our list for graduate studies.
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Carnegie Mellon University
In 2017, Carnegie Mellon topped U.S. News & World Report’s national universities rankings for Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs and had five engineering programs ranked among its 10 best programs: aerospace/aeronautical, chemical, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering. CMU was also ranked fifth among all U.S. universities for having 17 total National Academy of Engineering (NAE) members—which is more than any other institution on The U.S.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
One of America’s most prestigious universities, MIT was founded in 1861 and currently enrolls over 11,000 undergraduate students. The school is known for its science and technology programs, with an especially notable reputation for engineering. It offers a wide range of accredited degrees through its five schools: Architecture and Planning; Engineering; Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; Management; Science. In 2012 it ranked #1 among undergraduate institutions by U.S.
Stanford is a private university that was founded in 1891. It has an acceptance rate of just under 5%. Overall, it’s considered one of the most prestigious universities. At Stanford, there are seven professional and graduate engineering schools: Biological Systems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Nuclear Structural Physics. The school is also involved with Silicon Valley start-ups like Google.
Rice is a private research university located in Houston, Texas. It was founded by philanthropist William Marsh Rice (1816–1906) as Rice Institute in 1912, making it and Baylor University among only three existing colleges that can trace their roots to Congress’ 1871 charter of land for experimental institutions of higher education. [source]
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Located in Blacksburg, Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (also known as Virginia Tech) is a public research university that was founded by governor Thomas Holladay. Virginia Tech is comprised of several colleges, including College of Engineering. According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Colleges rankings, Virginia Tech ranks 8th among public universities in America and 54th overall among all national universities—making it one of America’s top engineering schools.
In 1868, Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White founded Cornell University with a $500,000 gift from their father, a shipping magnate. Both were graduates of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), one of America’s first technological universities—today it is home to 10 research centers and has an endowment worth almost $3 billion. All students enrolled at Cornell must complete a core curriculum consisting of four semesters’ worth of classes.
The Department of Engineering Technology at Purdue University is an undergraduate program that offers degrees in industrial management and systems technology. Students can choose from two programs: an industrial management track or a systems technology track. Graduates go on to work as engineers and managers, with opportunities available with well-known companies like Cummins Inc., Delphi Automotive, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Intel Corporation, Johnson Controls Inc., MITRE Corp., McKesson Corp., Siemens USA and General Dynamics Land Systems.