Engineering

2021 Best Engineering Colleges for Veterans in the United States

322 Colleges
128,724 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,234 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Engineering Schools for Vets

Best Engineering Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesEngineering is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 4th of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 128,724 bachelor's degrees were awarded to students with this major.

This year's Best Engineering Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking looked at 322 colleges that offer a bachelor's in engineering. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great engineering programs and a strong support system for veterans and active service members.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the engineering program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran population. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Engineering Schools for Veterans ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Engineering Schools for Veterans in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Engineering Colleges for Veterans.

Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly Engineering Schools

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Missouri University of Science and Technology. Located in the town of Rolla, Missouri University of Science and Technology is a public school with a medium-sized student population. Missouri University of Science and Technology also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States rankings.

Of the 8,601 students enrolled at Missouri University of Science and Technology, 304 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 199 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,638. In addition to receiving other benefits, 13 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Colorado School of Mines comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Golden, Mines is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. Mines did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 243 of the 6,325 students enrolled at Mines were GI Bill® students, of which 182 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $15,832. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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South Dakota School of Mines and Technology earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Rapid City, SD Mines is a public school with a small student population. SD Mines did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States list.

Of the 2,654 students enrolled at SD Mines, 143 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 81 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,309. SD Mines does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Georgia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Atlanta. Georgia Tech also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States list, coming in at #4.

According to our most recent data, Georgia Tech supports 32,723 students, and 383 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 294 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,277. During this same period, 2 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Our rankings recognize Michigan Technological University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Michigan Tech is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Houghton. Michigan Tech did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, Michigan Tech supports 7,172 students, and 125 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 76 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,388. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Olin College

Needham, MA

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Olin College. Olin College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Needham. Olin College did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States list.

Of the 390 students enrolled at Olin College, 2 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $15,559. To help with additional expenses, 1 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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North Carolina State University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Raleigh, NC State is a public college with a very large student population. NC State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Of the 35,479 students enrolled at NC State, 1,068 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 719 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,891. During this same period, 33 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. MIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, MIT is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States list.

Among the 11,574 students enrolled at MIT, 119 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 87 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $20,495. On top of their other funding sources, 43 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. WPI is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Worcester. WPI also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States list, coming in at #5.

Our most recent data shows that 76 of the 6,874 students enrolled at WPI were GI Bill® students, of which 56 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $16,713. In addition to receiving other benefits, 9 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. RPI is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Troy. RPI did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #7 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States list.

Among the 7,895 students enrolled at RPI, 101 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 52 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $21,716. During this same period, 53 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Texas A&M University - College Station landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. Texas A&M is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of College Station. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Texas A&M also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States ranking.

Among the 68,679 students enrolled at Texas A&M, 2,040 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,388 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,525. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Milwaukee School of Engineering as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Milwaukee, MSOE is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. MSOE also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Our most recent data shows that 116 of the 2,820 students enrolled at MSOE were GI Bill® students, of which 77 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $19,640. On top of their other funding sources, 36 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Penn State University Park is a very large public school located in the small city of University Park. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Penn State University Park is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States list.

Of the 46,810 students enrolled at Penn State University Park, 1,039 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 836 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $15,714. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Illinois Institute of Technology comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Chicago, Illinois Tech is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Illinois Tech also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 64 of the 6,753 students enrolled at Illinois Tech were GI Bill® students, of which 45 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $14,909. To help with additional expenses, 10 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Illinois Tech does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor comes in at #15 in this year's ranking. U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the city of Ann Arbor. U of Michigan excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 509 of the 46,716 students enrolled at U of Michigan were GI Bill® students, of which 321 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $26,841. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Our rankings recognize Purdue University - Main Campus as the #16 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public college with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Purdue also did well on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, Purdue supports 44,474 students, and 761 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 556 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,363. On top of their other funding sources, 32 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Located in the remote town of Socorro, New Mexico Tech is a public college with a small student population. New Mexico Tech excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States list.

Of the 1,895 students enrolled at New Mexico Tech, 44 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 25 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,999.

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Montana Tech of the University of Montana landed the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. Montana Tech is a small public school located in the remote town of Butte. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Montana Tech also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, Montana Tech supports 1,844 students, and 128 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 77 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,104. To help with additional expenses, 11 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Montana Tech does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology landed the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. Located in the small city of Terre Haute, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States rankings.

Of the 2,142 students enrolled at Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology, 32 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 26 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $19,470. To help with additional expenses, 21 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Stevens Institute of Technology comes in at #20 in this year's ranking. Stevens is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Hoboken. Stevens also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Our most recent data shows that 39 of the 6,929 students enrolled at Stevens were GI Bill® students, of which 28 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $16,636. During this same period, 13 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Our rankings recognize Ohio State University - Main Campus as the #21 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Ohio State also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States ranking.

Of the 61,170 students enrolled at Ohio State, 1,851 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,158 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,438. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY

Our rankings recognize Clarkson University as the #22 school in this year's rankings. Clarkson is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Potsdam. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Clarkson also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 70 of the 4,274 students enrolled at Clarkson were GI Bill® students, of which 45 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $23,853. To help with additional expenses, 40 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Clarkson does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Florida Institute of Technology earned the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Melbourne, Florida Tech is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Florida Tech also did well on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Of the 6,271 students enrolled at Florida Tech, 416 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 361 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,996. Florida Tech does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Lawrence Technological University comes in at #24 in this year's ranking. Lawrence Tech is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Southfield. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Lawrence Tech is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States list.

Among the 2,915 students enrolled at Lawrence Tech, 67 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 23 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,195. In addition to receiving other benefits, 4 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Lawrence Tech does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech comes in at #25 in this year's ranking. Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Blacksburg. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Virginia Tech also did well on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Among the 34,683 students enrolled at Virginia Tech, 1,159 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 809 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,824. On top of their other funding sources, 14 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#26

Kettering University

Flint, MI
#28

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

#35

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
#37

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA
#38

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
#40

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

#44

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#46

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
#47

Marietta College

Marietta, OH

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for United States vets studying Engineering that almost earned our Best Engineering Colleges for Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
49 Auburn University Auburn, AL
50 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
51 Rice University Houston, TX
52 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
53 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
54 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
55 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
56 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
57 Clemson University Clemson, SC
58 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
59 Stanford University Stanford, CA
60 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
61 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY
62 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
63 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
64 University of Delaware Newark, DE

Engineering by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 37,343
Electrical Engineering 17,946
Civil Engineering 14,832
Chemical Engineering 11,423
Computer Engineering 10,704

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 126,493
Computer & Information Sciences 92,596
Physical Sciences 32,633
Mathematics & Statistics 30,991
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 21,156

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Petty Officer 3rd Class Declan Barnes.

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