Top 40 Best Engineering Schools in America

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Computer science, business/economics, psychology, and pre-med have been many high schoolers’ intended majors in recent years. However, the one program that remains popular throughout decades is engineering. From mechanical to nuclear, chemical to aerospace, engineering has been regarded as applied science by many who seek professional training prior to landing a job in the science and tech industry. Here’s a list of some of the best schools in the U.S. with a strong undergraduate engineering program, as well as some, though without a graduate level engineering program, remain popular because of their strong undergraduate program.

US News Best Undergraduate Engineering Schools (with Ph.D)

Engineering rankingSchool NameAcceptance Rate (all)State
1Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)7%MA
2Stanford5%CA
3UC Berkeley15%CA
4California Institute of Technology (Caltech)8%CA
4Georgia Tech23%GA
6Carnegie Mellon University22%PA
6University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)62%IL
6University of Michigan–Ann Arbor27%MI
9Cornell University13%NY
10Purdue University57%IN
11University of Texas—Austin36%TX
12Princeton6%NJ
13Virginia Tech70%VA
14Johns Hopkins12%MD
14Northwestern9%IL
14Texas A&M University70%TX
17University of Wisconsin—Madison54%WI
18Columbia6%NY
18Duke8%NC
18Rice University16%TX
18UCLA17%CA
18UCSD30%CA
18University of Washington45%WA

US News Best Undergraduate Engineering Schools (no Ph.D)

Engineering rankingSchool NameAcceptance Rate (all)State
1Harvey Mudd College15%CA
1Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology61%IN
3Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering13%MA
4United States Military Academy (West Point)10%NY
4United States Naval Academy9%MD
6Bucknell University31%PA
6United States Air Force Academy17%CO
8California Poly–San Luis Obispo35%CA
9Cooper Union15%NY
10Milwaukee School of Engineering63%WI
11California Poly–Pomona39%CA
11Lafayette College28%PA
11United States Coast Guard Academy21%CT
11University of San Diego50%CA
15Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University–Prescott77%AZ
15Kettering University70%MI
15Smith College32%MA

*Source: US News

Before You Apply…
For most schools, incoming freshmen are admitted without a specific major. Even if you’re not sure which engineering major you plan to study, you might have to indicate “engineering” or “engineering undecided” on your application. That way, once admitted, you will automatically be considered an engineering major and may start taking prerequisite courses asap!

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