7 Best Colleges for Engineering Majors

7 Best Colleges for Engineering Majors

Find out which schools have the most popular engineering degree programs and how much they cost.

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Engineering is one of the fastest-growing career options available today. That means colleges are eagerly competing to get the best students. Find out which schools are the most popular colleges for engineering majors, along with how much they cost, to help you make an informed decision.

7. Georgia Institute of Technology: $10,098 (residents), $29,402 (non-residents)

Georgia Institute of Technology boasts one of the largest engineering programs in the country. Its College of Engineering has eight different schools as well as international programs with study abroad opportunities.

  • Degrees available: Aerospace Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Civil Engineering; Environmental Engineering; Computer Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Industrial Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Nuclear and Radiological Engineering

6. Purdue University: $9,900 (residents), $28,702 (non-residents)

At Purdue, an astonishing 24% of students are enrolled in the College of Engineering. The school has also been noted for its extensive research opportunities and an award-winning team of faculty and advisers.

  • Degrees available: Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering; Agricultural Engineering; Biological and Food Process Engineering; Biological Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Computer Engineering; Construction Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering; Industrial Engineering; Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies; Materials Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Multidisciplinary Engineering; Nuclear Engineering

5. University of Illinois: $14,428 (residents), $28,570 (non-residents)

According to U.S News and World Report, the University of Illinois has the top undergraduate programs in the country for agricultural and civil engineering, with most of their other engineering programs ranking in the top 10 in the nation.

  • Degrees available: Aerospace Engineering; Agricultural and Biological Engineering; Bioengineering; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Computer Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical Engineering; General Engineering; Industrial Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering; Engineering Mechanics; Mechanical Engineering; Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering; Engineering Physics
  • Minors available: Bioengineering; Computer Science; Food and Bioprocess Engineering; International; Materials Science and Engineering; Polymer Science and Engineering; Physics; Technology and Management

4. University of Michigan: $13,437 (residents), $39,109 (non-residents)

The University of Michigan has a College of Engineering that employs numerous award-winning faculty members. The university currently has 70,000 over engineering alumni, which provides students with excellent networking and mentoring opportunities.

  • Degrees available: Aerospace Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Computer Engineering; Computer Science; Earth System Science and Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Engineering Physics; Environmental Engineering; Industrial and Operations Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering; Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

3. The University of Texas at Austin: $9,792 (residents), $33,060 (non-residents)

The University of Texas’s Cockrell School of Engineering is one of the top-ranked in the country. Those who graduated from the engineering school with a bachelor’s degree in 2010-2011 received an average starting salary of $68,604.

  • Degrees available: Aerospace Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Civil, Architecture and Environmental Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

2. Pennsylvania State University: $16,444 (residents), $28,746 (non-residents)

Penn State reports that over 9,000 students were enrolled in their College of Engineering as of Fall 2011. This program also has special living alternatives just for engineering students.

  • Degrees available: Aerospace Engineering; Architectural Engineering; Bioengineering; Biological Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Computer Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical Engineering; Engineering Science; General Engineering; Industrial Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Nuclear Engineering; Surveying Engineering; Engineering Technology Programs
  • Minors available: Agricultural and Biological Engineering; Bioengineering; Engineering Entrepreneurship; Engineering Leadership Development; Engineering Mechanics; Environmental Engineering; Information Sciences and Technology; Nanotechnology; Product Realization; Six Sigma

1. Virginia Tech: $10,930 (residents), $25,320 (non-residents)

Virginia Tech offers engineering students access to a career advisor who can help them find the best fit for them within the engineering program. In addition, the university hosts the Engineering Expo, which is one of the largest showcases of its kind in the country.

  • Degrees available: Aerospace and Ocean Engineering; Biological Systems Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Computer Science; Construction Engineering and Management; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Engineering Education; Engineering Science and Mechanics; Industrial and Systems Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Mining and Minerals Engineering

Quick Facts

  • The four engineering disciplines which graduate the most students each year are civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering. These majors account for about 67% of all engineering bachelor’s degrees awarded each year.

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