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2021 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering in the Great Lakes Region

Approximately 47,222 mechanical engineering degrees were awarded to students last year in the United States. With so many choices it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering in the Great Lakes Region ranking analyzed 46 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of colleges for Mechanical Engineering students in the Great Lakes Region.

Choosing a Great Mechanical Engineering School

Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering in the Great Lakes Region The ME program you select can have a big impact on your future. 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 17% of our overall quality ranking while the vast majority are in at least the top 14%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 213 to 24 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

Mechanical Engineering graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. While the average mechanical engineering bachelors degree from Great Lakes colleges results in an average starting salary of $65,994, graduates of colleges on this list average $69,733.

Starting Salary  ( 63499 to 75400 )
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$76,900

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

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Mechanical Engineering students in the Great Lakes Region.

Best Schools to Study Mechanical Engineering in the Great Lakes Region

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Top 10 Best ME Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

#1

Kettering University

Flint, MI

Every student who is interested in mechanical engineering needs to check out Kettering University. Kettering is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Flint. This school ranks 47th out of 266 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

With 198 undergrads, Kettering University is one of most popular schools to study ME in Great Lakes. Mechanical Engineering students from Kettering University receive an earnings boost of about $8,400 over the typical income of mechanical engineering majors.

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Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a great decision for students pursuing a Mechanical Engineering degree. Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Terre Haute. A Best Colleges rank of 66 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a great school overall.

With 161 students enrolled, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is one of most popular colleges to study ME in Great Lakes. Graduates of the ME program make around $68,900 in the first couple years of their career.

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It is difficult to beat University of Michigan - Ann Arbor if you want to pursue mechanical engineering as a major. Located in the midsize city Ann Arbor, U of Michigan is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 38 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means U of Michigan is a great college overall.

There are approximately 506 mechanical engineering undergraduates enrolled in this degree at U of Michigan. Mechanical Engineering students from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor earn a boost of about $5,700 above the average income of mechanical engineering graduates.

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Every student pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering needs to take a look at Michigan Technological University. Michigan Tech is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Houghton. This college ranks 30th out of 266 colleges for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There are about 431 mechanical engineering undergrads enrolled in this program at Michigan Tech. Students who graduate from this program report average early career wages of $69,700.

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#5

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Located in the city West Lafayette, Purdue is a public college with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 84 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Purdue is a great school overall.

There are approximately 550 mechanical engineering undergrads enrolled in this degree at Purdue. Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career income of $69,200.

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Illinois Tech is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago. This college ranks 19th out of 266 schools for overall quality in the state of Illinois.

A popular major for mechanical engineering undergraduates, there are roughly 164 students enrolled in this program at Illinois Tech. After graduating, ME students generally earn an average of $59,500 in the first five years of their career.

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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Notre Dame. A Best Colleges rank of 14 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great school overall.

A popular major for mechanical engineering undergrads, there are roughly 141 individuals studying this program at Notre Dame. Mechanical Engineering students from University of Notre Dame receive an earnings boost of around $2,500 over the typical income of mechanical engineering graduates.

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Located in the large city Madison, Wisconsin is a public college with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of 76 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Wisconsin is a great school overall.

There are roughly 269 mechanical engineering undergrads enrolled in this degree at Wisconsin. After graduating, ME students generally earn around $69,100 at the beginning of their careers.

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Case Western is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Cleveland. A Best Colleges rank of 71 out of 1,715 schools nationwide means Case Western is a great college overall.

Case Western Reserve University is a fairly popular school to study ME in Great Lakes exceeding 145 graduations last year. After graduating, ME students generally earn an average of $65,400 at the beginning of their careers.

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University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

U of Dayton is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Dayton. This college ranks 21st out of 266 schools for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

University of Dayton is a fairly popular college to study ME in Great Lakes exceeding 271 graduates last year. Soon after getting their bachelor's degree, ME students generally earn an average of $67,300 in the first five years of their career.

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Best Mechanical Engineering Colleges by State

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State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 305 2,564
Ohio 303 2,231
Illinois 299 1,437
Indiana 283 1,383
Wisconsin 267 854

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Electrical Engineering 5,176
Civil Engineering 2,957
Computer Engineering 2,809
Chemical Engineering 2,591
Industrial Engineering 2,092

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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 Michel Villeneuve. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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