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2020 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering in Florida

Mechanical Engineering is a popular major and Florida is the 8th most popular state for students studying this major. 1,974 of the 46,014 Mechanical Engineering diplomas earned last year were given by colleges in Florida. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering in Florida ranking analyzed 9 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 schools for Mechanical Engineering students in Florida.

Choosing a Great Mechanical Engineering School

Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering in Florida 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. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

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.

Graduates Earn More After College

Mechanical Engineering graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent mechanical engineering graduates from Florida schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $57,855 in 2017-2018.

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

Best Schools to Study Mechanical Engineering in Florida

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

Best ME Colleges in Florida

#1

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

It is hard to beat University of Florida if you wish to pursue mechanical engineering as a major. U of F is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Gainesville.

For those interested in something more advanced, U of F also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mechanical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Mechanical Engineering majors from University of Florida earn a boost of around $3,033 above the average income of mechanical engineering graduates.

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Florida Institute of Technology is a great decision for individuals interested in a Mechanical Engineering degree. Florida Tech is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Melbourne.

For those interested in something more advanced, Florida Tech also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mechanical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from this degree state that they receive average early career wages of $61,300.

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It's hard to beat University of Central Florida if you want to study mechanical engineering. UCF is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Orlando.

For those interested in something more advanced, UCF also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mechanical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the ME program earn around $59,800 in their early career salary.

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#4

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Every student pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering has to take a look at Florida State University. Florida State is a very large public school located in the city of Tallahassee.

For those interested in something more advanced, Florida State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mechanical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the ME program earn an average of $60,300 in the first couple years of working.

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University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

Located in the large suburb Coral Gables, U Miami is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, U Miami also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mechanical engineering, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Mechanical Engineering majors from University of Miami receive an earnings boost of about $5,733 over the average income of mechanical engineering majors.

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USF Tampa is a fairly large public school located in the city of Tampa.

For those interested in something more advanced, USF Tampa also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mechanical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the ME program report average early career earnings of $57,500.

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Located in the large suburb Miami, FIU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, FIU also offers 3 different higher degree levels in mechanical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who complete this degree report average early career income of $61,300.

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#8

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL

Located in the city Boca Raton, FAU is a public college with a very large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, FAU also offers 2 different higher degree levels in mechanical engineering, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the ME program earn about $60,000 in the first couple years of their career.

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University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL

Located in the large city Jacksonville, UNF is a public school with a large student population.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, UNF also offers a Master's Degree in mechanical engineering. Graduates of the ME program earn an average of $55,700 in the first couple years of working.

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Best Mechanical Engineering Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Mechanical Engineering Colleges in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 300 1,215
Virginia 289 893
North Carolina 286 832
Tennessee 266 673
Kentucky 257 409
South Carolina 254 523
Louisiana 254 372
Alabama 250 973
Arkansas 249 288
Mississippi 239 241
West Virginia 222 230

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

Majors Similar to ME

Related Major Annual Graduates
Electrical Engineering 31,993
Civil Engineering 21,299
Computer Engineering 15,329
Chemical Engineering 14,729
Biomedical Engineering 11,483

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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.

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