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2021 Best Colleges for General Engineering

Approximately 10,954 general engineering degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for General Engineering ranking analyzed 30 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general engineering. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 4 schools for General Engineering students.

Choosing a Great General Engineering School

Best Colleges for General Engineering Your choice of general 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. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

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 10% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 12%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 119 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A general engineering degree from colleges on this list typically results in above average income after graduation. While the average general engineering bachelors degree from U.S. schools results in an average starting salary of $59,739, graduates of colleges on this list average $73,000.

Starting Salary  ( 68750 to 82249 )
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$77,700

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 General Engineering students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other general engineering students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized general engineering related accrediting body.

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

Best Schools to Study General Engineering in United States

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

Top 10 Best Engineering Colleges

#1

Olin College

Needham, MA

Olin College is one of the finest schools in the country for general engineering. Located in the suburb Needham, Olin College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This college ranks 26th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

With 42 undergraduates, Olin College is one of most popular colleges to study engineering in United States. Olin College general engineering graduates receive $16,012 more than the average engineering student.

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#2

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

Any student pursuing a degree in general engineering has to check out Harvey Mudd College. Located in the large suburb Claremont, Harvey Mudd College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 18 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Harvey Mudd College is a great college overall.

With 83 undergraduates, Harvey Mudd College is one of most popular colleges to study engineering in United States. General Engineering majors from Harvey Mudd College earn a boost of around $15,812 over the average earnings of general engineering graduates.

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#3

Brown University

Providence, RI

It is hard to beat Brown University if you want to pursue general engineering as a major. Located in the city Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 13 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Brown is a great college overall.

For those interested in something more advanced, Brown also offers 2 different higher degree levels in general engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. General Engineering students from Brown University receive an earnings boost of about $11,812 over the average income of general engineering majors.

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#4

Calvin University

Grand Rapids, MI

Every student who is interested in general engineering needs to take a look at Calvin University. Calvin is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Grand Rapids. This school ranks 214th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There are approximately 114 general engineering undergrads studying this program at Calvin. After graduating, engineering students usually earn around $63,300 at the beginning of their careers.

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#5

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

TCU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Fort Worth. This school ranks 111th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

With 56 undergrads, Texas Christian University is one of most popular schools to study engineering in United States. Texas Christian University general engineering graduates make $2,712 more than the typical engineering grad.

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#6

Hope College

Holland, MI

Hope is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Holland. This school ranks 182nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

A popular major for general engineering undergrads, there are about 42 students studying this program at Hope. After graduating, engineering students generally make around $61,400 in their early careers.

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#7

Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD

Located in the large city Baltimore, Loyola Maryland is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. This school ranks 174th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

With 26 undergraduates, Loyola University Maryland is one of most popular colleges to study engineering in United States. After getting their bachelor's degree, engineering students typically make around $61,200 at the beginning of their careers.

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#8

Mercer University

Macon, GA

Mercer is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Macon. This college ranks 328th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There are about 133 general engineering undergraduates enrolled in this degree at Mercer. Soon after graduating, engineering students usually make about $58,500 in the first five years of their career.

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#9

Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, PA

Messiah is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Mechanicsburg. This college ranks 234th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

With 50 undergrads, Messiah University is one of most popular schools to study engineering in United States. Grads of the engineering program report average early career income of $54,800.

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#10

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA

Located in the large suburb Elizabethtown, E - town is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. This college ranks 219th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

With 29 undergrads, Elizabethtown College is one of most popular schools to study engineering in United States. Students who graduate from this program state that they receive average early career wages of $56,300.

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General Engineering by Region

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New England
Rocky Mountains
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Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

General Engineering is one of 38 different types of Engineering programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to 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 Rémi Kaupp. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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