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2022 Most Popular General Engineering Schools

708 Colleges
$66,152 Avg Salary
$20,077 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Engineering School for You

General Engineering is the #91 most popular major in the country with 11,925 degrees and certificates awarded in 2019-2020.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Most Popular General Engineering Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 708 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the General Engineering program at each school on the list.

The colleges and universities below are the most popular for engineering majors pursuing a .

Our analysis found University of Maryland - College Park to be the most popular school for general engineering students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. UMCP is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of College Park.

On average, engineering graduates from UMCP take out $26,000 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $303.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Northeastern University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Most Popular General Engineering Schools list. Northeastern is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Arizona State University - Tempe. It ranked #3 on our 2022 Most Popular General Engineering Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public school with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, engineering majors at ASU - Tempe accumulate an average of around $27,359 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $303.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Northern Virginia Community College. It ranked #4 on our 2022 Most Popular General Engineering Schools list. Located in the suburb of Annandale, Northern Virginia Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#5

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Dartmouth College. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Most Popular General Engineering Schools list. Located in the remote town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that engineering majors at Dartmouth take out is $7,500. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $78.

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Ohio University - Athens Campus came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Engineering Schools ranking. Located in the town of Athens, OHIO Athens is a public college with a very large student population.

Engineering majors at OHIO Athens take out an average of $32,067 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $374, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA

With a ranking of #7, Old Dominion University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general engineering students. Old Dominion is a very large public school located in the city of Norfolk.

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#8

Mercer University

Macon, GA

Mercer University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Engineering Schools ranking. Mercer is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Macon.

On average, engineering graduates from Mercer take out $26,000 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $270, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Engineering Schools ranking. Brown is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Providence.

The average amount in student loans that engineering majors at Brown take out is $14,500. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $150, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

East Carolina University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general engineering students. It came in at #10 on the list. ECU is a very large public school located in the city of Greenville.

Engineering majors at ECU take out an average of $27,000 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of California - Davis landed the #11 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular general engineering programs. Located in the small suburb of Davis, UC Davis is a public college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that engineering majors at UC Davis take out is $13,334. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $138.

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#12

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

With a ranking of #12, Michigan State University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general engineering students. Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of East Lansing.

While working on their degree, engineering majors at Michigan State accumulate an average of around $27,000 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Wake Technical Community College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Engineering Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Raleigh, Wake Technical Community College is a public college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that engineering majors at Wake Technical Community College take out is $12,884. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $134, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #13, University of Alabama at Birmingham did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general engineering students. UAB is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Birmingham.

While working on their degree, engineering majors at UAB accumulate an average of around $34,166 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $398.

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#15

Montgomery College

Rockville, MD

Montgomery College ranked #15 on this year’s Most Popular General Engineering Schools list. Located in the city of Rockville, Montgomery College is a public college with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, engineering graduates from Montgomery College carry an average student debt load of $10,675. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $111, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Colorado Boulder did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general engineering students. It came in at #16 on the list. CU - Boulder is a fairly large public school located in the city of Boulder.

On average, engineering graduates from CU - Boulder take out $30,750 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $358.

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Tidewater Community College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Engineering Schools ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Norfolk, Tidewater Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#17

McNeese State University

Lake Charles, LA

McNeese State University landed the #17 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular general engineering programs. McNeese is a moderately-sized public school located in the small city of Lake Charles.

The average amount in student loans that engineering majors at McNeese take out is $18,683. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $194.

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University of Alabama in Huntsville came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Engineering Schools ranking. Located in the city of Huntsville, UAH is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

While working on their degree, engineering majors at UAH accumulate an average of around $22,714 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $236, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#19

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR

With a ranking of #19, University of Arkansas did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general engineering students. UARK is a fairly large public school located in the city of Fayetteville.

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Texas A&M University - College Station came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Engineering Schools ranking. Texas A&M College Station is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of College Station.

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Tulsa Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general engineering students. It came in at #22 on the list. Tulsa Community College is a large public school located in the city of Tulsa.

Engineering majors at Tulsa Community College take out an average of $13,052 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $135, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison ranked #22 on this year’s Most Popular General Engineering Schools list. Located in the city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public college with a very large student population.

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#24

Calvin University

Grand Rapids, MI

Calvin University landed the #24 spot in the 2022 rankings for the most popular general engineering programs. Calvin is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Grand Rapids.

After completing their degree, engineering graduates from Calvin carry an average student debt load of $27,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#24

South Texas College

McAllen, TX

South Texas College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Engineering Schools ranking. South Texas College is a fairly large public school located in the city of McAllen.

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#27

Lamar University

Beaumont, TX
#29

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, IL
#30

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
#31

Union County College

Cranford, NJ
#33

Geneva College

Beaver Falls, PA
#35

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA
#35

Ventura College

Ventura, CA
#37

Orange Coast College

Costa Mesa, CA
#42

Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, PA
#43

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY
#46

Hope College

Holland, MI
#47

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
#49

Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the colleges awarded a Most Popular General Engineering Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 708 different United States general engineering schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Monroe Community College Rochester, NY
51 Santa Ana College Santa Ana, CA
51 Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN
51 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA
55 Smith College Northampton, MA
55 Quinsigamond Community College Worcester, MA
57 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
57 Itasca Community College Grand Rapids, MN
57 San Jacinto Community College Pasadena, TX
60 Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City, OK
60 Ozarks Technical Community College Springfield, MO
62 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
62 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
64 College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL
65 Virginia Western Community College Roanoke, VA
65 Northeast Technology Center-System Office Pryor, OK
65 Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga, TN
65 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
69 Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM
70 Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara, CA
70 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
70 Millersville University of Pennsylvania Millersville, PA
70 Marshall University Huntington, WV
70 Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY
75 Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor, MI
76 Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA
76 Reynolds Community College Richmond, VA
78 Oklahoma Christian University Edmond, OK
78 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
78 William Rainey Harper College Palatine, IL
78 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
82 Henry Ford College Dearborn, MI
82 Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS
82 Frostburg State University Frostburg, MD
82 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
82 University of North Carolina at Asheville Asheville, NC
87 The University of Tennessee - Martin Martin, TN
88 College of Southern Maryland La Plata, MD
88 Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
88 Suffolk County Community College Selden, NY
91 Norco College Norco, CA
91 Olin College Needham, MA
91 Schoolcraft College Livonia, MI
94 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
94 Delaware County Community College Media, PA
94 Kalamazoo Valley Community College Kalamazoo, MI
94 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
98 Snow College Ephraim, UT
98 Oral Roberts University Tulsa, OK
98 Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD
98 University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM
102 Normandale Community College Bloomington, MN
102 Germanna Community College Locust Grove, VA
104 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
104 San Diego Miramar College San Diego, CA
106 Metro Technology Centers Oklahoma City, OK
106 Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional popular schools for General Engineering students that almost earned our Most Popular General Engineering Schools award.

Rank College Location
108 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
108 Century College White Bear Lake, MN
108 University of the Pacific Stockton, CA
108 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
112 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
112 University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA
112 Morgan State University Baltimore, MD
112 College of Lake County Grayslake, IL
112 University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI
112 Weber State University Ogden, UT
112 John Tyler Community College Chester, VA
112 SUNY Broome Binghamton, NY
112 El Camino College Torrance, CA
121 University of Georgia Athens, GA
121 University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN
121 Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston, MA
121 Bunker Hill Community College Boston, MA
121 Meridian Technology Center Stillwater, OK
121 Elgin Community College Elgin, IL
121 Rock Valley College Rockford, IL
121 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
121 College of Staten Island CUNY Staten Island, NY
130 Parkland College Champaign, IL
130 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
130 Rowan College of South Jersey Gloucester Campus Sewell, NJ
130 American River College Sacramento, CA
130 Howard Community College Columbia, MD
130 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
130 Ohlone College Fremont, CA
137 The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN
137 Nash Community College Rocky Mount, NC
137 University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Fort Smith, AR
137 Arizona Western College Yuma, AZ
137 SUNY Westchester Community College Valhalla, NY

General Engineering by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 40 majors within the area of study, general engineering has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 47,598
Electrical Engineering 30,670
Civil Engineering 21,561
Computer Engineering 16,932
Chemical Engineering 13,610

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Rémi Kaupp.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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