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2021 Best Colleges for Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering

Approximately 6,987 aerospace and aeronautical engineering degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering ranking analyzed 50 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in aerospace and aeronautical engineering. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of colleges for Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering students.

Choosing a Great Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering School

Best Colleges for Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering The aerospace engineering program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality aerospace engineering program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 18% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 13%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 170 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A aerospace and aeronautical engineering degree from schools on this list usually results in higher than average income following graduation. While the average aerospace and aeronautical engineering bachelors degree from U.S. schools results in an average starting salary of $61,669, graduates of colleges on this list average $69,314.

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Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other aerospace and aeronautical engineering students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized aerospace and aeronautical engineering related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering students.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Aerospace Engineering Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

Best Schools to Study Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering in the United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for aerospace and aeronautical engineering majors.

Top 10 Best Aerospace Engineering Colleges

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a great choice for individuals interested in a Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering major. Located in the city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 5 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, MIT also offers 2 different higher degree levels in aerospace and aeronautical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Massachusetts Institute of Technology aerospace and aeronautical engineering graduates receive $14,916 more than the standard aerospace engineering student.

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Every student pursuing a degree in aerospace and aeronautical engineering has to check out Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus. Located in the city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 82nd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were roughly 355 aerospace and aeronautical engineering individuals who graduated from this program at Georgia Tech in the most recent year we have data available. Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering students from Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus receive an earnings boost of about $4,316 over the typical income of aerospace and aeronautical engineering majors.

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach is one of the finest schools in the country for aerospace and aeronautical engineering. Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Daytona Beach. This university ranks 309th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There were roughly 275 aerospace and aeronautical engineering individuals who graduated from this degree at Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate from the aerospace engineering program make around $62,500 for their early career.

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It's difficult to beat Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute if you wish to study aerospace and aeronautical engineering. RPI is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Troy. This school ranks 58th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a fairly popular school to study aerospace engineering in the United States with about 96 graduations in the most recent year we have data available. Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering majors from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute earn a boost of about $3,816 above the typical income of aerospace and aeronautical engineering graduates.

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WPI is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Worcester. A Best Colleges rank of 51 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means WPI is a great school overall.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a fairly popular school to study aerospace engineering in the United States with about 80 graduates in the most recent year we have data available. Worcester Polytechnic Institute aerospace and aeronautical engineering students earn $3,016 more than the typical aerospace engineering graduate.

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Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 38 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were approximately 204 aerospace and aeronautical engineering individuals who graduated from this degree at U-M in the most recent year we have data available. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor aerospace and aeronautical engineering students earn $3,316 more than the average aerospace engineering graduate.

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Located in the midsize city of Boulder, CU - Boulder is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 227th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

For those interested in something more advanced, CU - Boulder also offers 2 different higher degree levels in aerospace and aeronautical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. University of Colorado Boulder aerospace and aeronautical engineering majors earn $2,216 more than the typical aerospace engineering graduate.

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USC is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of 40 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, USC also offers 2 different higher degree levels in aerospace and aeronautical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students from the aerospace and aeronautical engineering major at University of Southern California earn $5,316 more than the standard college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Missouri University of Science and Technology is a medium-sized public university located in the town of Rolla. This university ranks 257th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

There were roughly 79 aerospace and aeronautical engineering individuals who graduated from this program at Missouri University of Science and Technology in the most recent data year. Grads of the aerospace engineering program report average early career wages of $64,200.

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Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg. This school ranks 88th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

For those interested in something more advanced, Virginia Tech also offers 2 different higher degree levels in aerospace and aeronautical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from the aerospace engineering program earn about $62,000 for their early career.

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Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering by Region

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Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering is one of 38 different types of Engineering programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 47,222
Electrical Engineering 31,041
Civil Engineering 21,795
Computer Engineering 15,694
Chemical Engineering 14,363

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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 Ian3055. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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