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2021 Best Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools

172 Colleges
$62,200 Avg Salary
$23,344 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Engineering Bachelor's Degree School for You

Engineering is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 7th of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 200,684 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

The Best Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 172 schools in the United States to see which bachelor's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Engineering Bachelor's Degree Colleges.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Engineering

Our 2021 rankings named Massachusetts Institute of Technology the best school in the United States for engineering students working on their bachelor’s degree. MIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge.

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#2

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means University of Notre Dame is a great place for engineering students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#3

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Out of the 172 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Northwestern University landed the # 3 spot on the list. Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston.

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#4

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Stanford University is a great place for engineering students working on their bachelor’s degree. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Stanford.

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Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Cornell University is a great place for engineering students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#6

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Terre Haute, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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University of California - Berkeley ranked #8 on this year’s Best Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a very large student population.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor.

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#10

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

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#11

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

With a ranking of #11, Vanderbilt University did quite well on this year’s best schools for engineering students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#12

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for engineering students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in the city of Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#13

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Bucknell University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for engineering students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #13 on the list. Bucknell is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Lewisburg.

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Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Baltimore.

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With a ranking of #15, Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for engineering students working on their bachelor’s degree. Georgia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Atlanta.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

With a ranking of #16, University of Virginia - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for engineering students working on their bachelor’s degree. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.

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#17

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree engineering programs. SCU is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Santa Clara.

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With a ranking of #18, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute did quite well on this year’s best schools for engineering students working on their bachelor’s degree. RPI is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Troy.

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#19

Kettering University

Flint, MI

Kettering University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Kettering is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Flint.

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With a ranking of #20, The University of Texas at Austin did quite well on this year’s best schools for engineering students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a very large student population.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. WPI is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Worcester.

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#23

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. UGA is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Athens.

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Washington University in St Louis did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for engineering students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #24 on the list. WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Saint Louis.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign ranked #25 on this year’s Best Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a very large student population.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Engineering students that almost earned our Best Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
26 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
27 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
28 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY
29 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
30 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
31 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
32 Tufts University Medford, MA
33 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
34 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI

Engineering by Region

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

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 47,405
Electrical Engineering 31,384
Civil Engineering 21,938
Computer Engineering 15,891
Chemical Engineering 14,406
Biomedical Engineering 12,001
General Engineering 11,739
Industrial Engineering 9,410
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 7,069
Materials Engineering 3,538
Systems Engineering 3,491
Other Engineering 2,982
Environmental Engineering 2,850
Petroleum Engineering 2,269
Operations Research 1,745
Agricultural Engineering 1,554
Engineering Science 1,515
Architectural Engineering 1,019
Nuclear Engineering 1,014
Engineering Physics 979
Robotics Engineering 943
Manufacturing Engineering 932
Construction Engineering 865
Marine Engineering 481
Geoscience Engineering 424
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 387
Biological Engineering 374
Textile Engineering 366
Ocean Engineering 346
Mining Engineering 340
Engineering Mechanics 314
Metallurgical Engineering 235
Biochemical Engineering 118
Ceramic Engineering 101
Surveying Engineering 89
Electromechanical Engineering 65
Forest Engineering 52
Paper Science & Engineering 44
Engineering Chemistry 9

Majors Similar to Engineering

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer & Information Sciences 220,337
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 162,961
Engineering Technologies 92,549
Physical Sciences 53,556
Mathematics & Statistics 49,748

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

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