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2021 Best Colleges for Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering

Approximately 6,987 aerospace and aeronautical engineering degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be difficult 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 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.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 13% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 18%.

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Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering graduates from colleges 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 $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 full 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 the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study aerospace and aeronautical engineering.

Top 10 Best Aerospace Engineering Colleges

Every student who is interested in aerospace and aeronautical engineering has 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 5 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means MIT is a great college overall.

There are approximately 132 aerospace and aeronautical engineering undergrads studying this degree at MIT. Students from the aerospace and aeronautical engineering degree program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology earn $14,916 above the average college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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It is difficult to beat Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus if you wish to study aerospace and aeronautical engineering. Georgia Tech is a very large public school located in the large city of Atlanta. This school ranks 82nd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

For those interested in something more advanced, Georgia Tech also offers 2 different higher degree levels in aerospace and aeronautical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus aerospace and aeronautical engineering majors earn $4,316 more than the standard aerospace engineering grad.

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It is hard to beat Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach if you want to pursue aerospace and aeronautical engineering as a major. Located in the small city Daytona Beach, Embry Riddle Daytona Beach is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. This college ranks 309th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There are approximately 275 aerospace and aeronautical engineering undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Embry Riddle Daytona Beach. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, aerospace engineering students generally make about $62,500 in the first five years of their career.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is one of the best schools in the country for aerospace and aeronautical engineering. Located in the small city Troy, RPI is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. This school ranks 58th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

A preferred choice for aerospace and aeronautical engineering undergraduates, there are about 96 students enrolled in this degree at RPI. Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering graduates from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute receive an earnings boost of about $3,816 above the typical income of aerospace and aeronautical engineering graduates.

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

With 80 undergrads, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is one of most popular schools to study aerospace engineering in United States. Worcester Polytechnic Institute aerospace and aeronautical engineering majors receive $3,016 more than the standard aerospace engineering graduate.

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Located in the midsize city Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 38 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means U of Michigan is a great school overall.

There are roughly 204 aerospace and aeronautical engineering undergraduates enrolled in this program at U of Michigan. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor aerospace and aeronautical engineering majors receive $3,316 more than the typical aerospace engineering student.

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CU - Boulder is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Boulder. This college ranks 227th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

There are about 252 aerospace and aeronautical engineering undergraduates studying this degree at CU - Boulder. Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering students from University of Colorado Boulder receive an earnings boost of around $2,216 over the typical income of aerospace and aeronautical engineering graduates.

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Located in the large city Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 40 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means USC is a great school 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. Graduates from the aerospace and aeronautical engineering major at University of Southern California get $5,316 above the typical graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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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 school ranks 257th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

For those interested in something more advanced, Missouri University of Science and Technology 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 around $64,200 for their early career.

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Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Blacksburg. This school ranks 88th out of 1,715 colleges 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. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, aerospace engineering students typically make an average of $62,000 in their early careers.

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Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering by Region

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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 47,405
Electrical Engineering 31,384
Civil Engineering 21,938
Computer Engineering 15,891
Chemical Engineering 14,406

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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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