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2021 Best Colleges for General Engineering

Approximately 10,954 general engineering degrees were granted to students last year in the United States. With so many options it can be a daunting task 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 15% of 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 translates into higher than average earnings following graduation. While the average general engineering bachelors degree from U.S. colleges 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 the United States

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for general engineering majors.

Top 10 Best Engineering Colleges

#1

Olin College

Needham, MA

Olin College is among your top options if you want to study general engineering. Located in the large suburb Needham, Olin College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 26th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

With 42 students enrolled, Olin College is one of most popular colleges to study engineering in United States. Olin College general engineering majors make $16,012 more than the average engineering graduate.

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#2

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

Any student who is interested in general engineering has to take a look at Harvey Mudd College. Located in the suburb Claremont, Harvey Mudd College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 18 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Harvey Mudd College is a great school 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 above the typical income of general engineering graduates.

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#3

Brown University

Providence, RI

It's hard to beat Brown University if you wish to study general engineering. Located in the midsize city Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit college with a 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 majors from Brown University earn a boost of about $11,812 over the average income of general engineering graduates.

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#4

Calvin University

Grand Rapids, MI

Every student pursuing a degree in general engineering has to take a look at Calvin University. Calvin is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Grand Rapids. This college ranks 214th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There are roughly 114 general engineering undergraduates enrolled in this program at Calvin. After graduating, engineering students usually make an average of $63,300 in the first five years of their career.

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#5

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

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

With 56 undergraduates, Texas Christian University is one of most popular schools to study engineering in United States. Texas Christian University general engineering students receive $2,712 more than the average engineering student.

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#6

Hope College

Holland, MI

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

A popular choice for general engineering undergrads, there are approximately 42 individuals enrolled in this program at Hope. After graduating, engineering students usually make around $61,400 at the beginning of their 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 college with a moderately-sized student population. This college ranks 174th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

With 26 students enrolled, Loyola University Maryland is one of most popular colleges to study engineering in United States. Soon after graduation, engineering students usually earn about $61,200 in the first five years of their career.

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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 approximately 133 general engineering undergrads studying this degree at Mercer. After getting their bachelor's degree, engineering students usually earn an average of $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 undergraduates, Messiah University is one of most popular schools to study engineering in United States. Graduates of the engineering program report average early career wages 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 college 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 degree report 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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Middle Atlantic
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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