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2020 Best Colleges for Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering

Approximately 6,315 aerospace and aeronautical engineering degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering ranking analyzed 56 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in aerospace and aeronautical engineering. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 8 schools for Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering students.

Choosing a Great Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering School

Best Colleges for Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering Your choice of aerospace and aeronautical engineering school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

The lowest ranked school in our list is in the top 14% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 10%.

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Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average aerospace and aeronautical engineering bachelors degree from U.S. colleges results in an average starting salary of $61,669, graduates of colleges on this list average $68,612.

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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.

Best Schools to Study Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering in United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities in the U.S. for a Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering degree.

Top 10 Best Aerospace Engineering Colleges

It is difficult to beat Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus if you wish to study aerospace and aeronautical engineering. Georgia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Atlanta. This school ranks 69th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There are about 359 aerospace and aeronautical engineering undergrads enrolled in this program at Georgia Tech. Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus aerospace and aeronautical engineering students receive $4,800 more than the average aerospace engineering graduate.

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Every student pursuing a degree in aerospace and aeronautical engineering needs to check out Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge. A Best Colleges rank of 2 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

There are approximately 116 aerospace and aeronautical engineering undergraduates enrolled in this degree at MIT. Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology receive an earnings boost of about $15,400 above the average earnings of aerospace and aeronautical engineering majors.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is among your best bets if you want to study aerospace and aeronautical engineering. Located in the small city Troy, RPI is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of 57 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means RPI is a great school overall.

There are roughly 106 aerospace and aeronautical engineering undergraduates studying this program at RPI. Graduates from the aerospace and aeronautical engineering major at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute earn $4,300 more than the average college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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It's hard to beat University of Michigan - Ann Arbor if you want to pursue aerospace and aeronautical engineering as a major. Located in the medium-sized city Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 35 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means U of Michigan is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, U of Michigan also offers 2 different higher degree levels in aerospace and aeronautical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor aerospace and aeronautical engineering students make $3,800 more than the average aerospace engineering graduate.

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Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg. This college ranks 79th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There are approximately 131 aerospace and aeronautical engineering undergraduates studying this program at Virginia Tech. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, aerospace engineering students usually make an average of $62,000 in their early careers.

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Located in the midsize city Worcester, WPI is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. A Best Colleges rank of 46 out of 1,727 schools nationwide means WPI is a great college overall.

A preferred choice for aerospace and aeronautical engineering undergraduates, there are roughly 64 individuals studying this degree at WPI. Worcester Polytechnic Institute aerospace and aeronautical engineering students make $3,500 more than the average aerospace engineering grad.

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CU - Boulder is a fairly large public school located in the city of Boulder. This college ranks 245th out of 1,727 colleges 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. Students from the aerospace and aeronautical engineering degree program at University of Colorado Boulder make $2,700 above the average college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Located in the remote town Rolla, Missouri University of Science and Technology is a public school with a medium-sized student population. This college ranks 209th out of 1,727 schools for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Missouri University of Science and Technology also offers a Master's Degree in aerospace and aeronautical engineering. Students who graduate from the aerospace engineering program earn an average of $64,200 in the first couple years of working.

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Penn State University Park is a very large public school located in the small city of University Park. This college ranks 170th out of 1,727 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There are approximately 171 aerospace and aeronautical engineering undergraduates studying this program at Penn State University Park. Students who graduate from this program report average early career income of $65,400.

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Located in the large city Los Angeles, UCLA is a public school with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 49 out of 1,727 colleges nationwide means UCLA is a great school overall.

A popular major for aerospace and aeronautical engineering undergrads, there are about 80 individuals studying this degree at UCLA.

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One of 38 majors within the Engineering area of study, Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Aerospace Engineering

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 46,014
Electrical Engineering 31,993
Civil Engineering 21,299
Computer Engineering 15,329
Chemical Engineering 14,729

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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.

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