Mechanical Engineering

2022 Best Mechanical Engineering Schools in Iowa

4 Colleges in Iowa
603 ME Degrees Awarded
$64,575 Avg Early-Career Salary
If you pursue a degree in mechanical engineering, you won't be alone. The field of study is the #20 most popular program in the country. This means there are lots of options to choose from when you decide to get your degree.

College Factual reviewed 4 schools in Iowa to determine which ones were the best for degree seekers in the field of mechanical engineering. Combined, these schools handed out 603 degrees in mechanical engineering to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Mechanical Engineering School

Best Mechanical Engineering Schools in Iowa Your choice of mechanical engineering school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for mechanical engineering schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Mechanical Engineering Rankings by Degree Level

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Mechanical Engineering Schools in Iowa list, to help you choose the best school for you. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

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If you want to learn more about how we derive our rankings, see College Factual's Methodology.

Best Schools for Mechanical Engineering in Iowa

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the ME degrees they offer, see the list below.

Top Iowa Schools in ME

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
429 ME Degrees Awarded

Every student pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering needs to look into Iowa State University. Iowa State is a fairly large public university located in the small city of Ames. A Best Schools rank of #146 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Iowa State is a great university overall.

There were about 429 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Iowa State in the most recent year we have data available. Those mechanical engineering students who get their degree from Iowa State University make $5,575 more than the average ME grad.

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#2

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
134 ME Degrees Awarded

University of Iowa is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in mechanical engineering. Located in the city of Iowa City, Iowa is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #226 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Iowa is a great university overall.

There were about 134 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Iowa in the most recent year we have data available. After graduation, ME degree recipients typically make about $62,500 in the first five years of their career.

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#3

Dordt University

Sioux Center, IA

Dordt University is a good decision for students pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. Dordt is a small private not-for-profit university located in the remote town of Sioux Center. This university ranks 12th out of 45 schools for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

There were roughly 12 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Dordt in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the ME program state that they receive average early career earnings of $55,500.

More information about a degree in mechanical engineering from Dordt University

#4

Saint Ambrose University

Davenport, IA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In IA

Every student who is interested in mechanical engineering needs to look into Saint Ambrose University. St. Ambrose University is a small private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Davenport. This university ranks 15th out of 45 schools for overall quality in the state of Iowa.

There were roughly 25 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at St. Ambrose University in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in mechanical engineering from Saint Ambrose University

Best Mechanical Engineering Colleges in the Plains States Region

Explore all the Best Mechanical Engineering Schools in the Plains States Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Minnesota 275 610
Missouri 272 789
Kansas 258 435
Nebraska 227 146
North Dakota 200 284
South Dakota 199 171

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One of 40 majors within the Engineering area of study, Mechanical Engineering has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to ME

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer Engineering 432
Civil Engineering 291
Industrial Engineering 232
Chemical Engineering 207
Biomedical Engineering 188
Electrical Engineering 186
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 170
Agricultural Engineering 105
Engineering Mechanics 84
Materials Engineering 55

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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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