Engineering

2023 Best Engineering Schools

355 Colleges in the United States
198,468 Engineering Degrees Awarded
$68,653 Avg Early-Career Salary
A degree in engineering is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #7 out of 38 on popularity of all such degrees in the nation. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

For its 2023 ranking, College Factual looked at 355 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for engineering students pursuing a degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 198,468 degrees in engineering during the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Engineering School

Best Engineering Schools Your choice of 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 engineering schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Engineering Rankings by Degree Level

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Engineering Schools list to help you make the college decision. 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 Engineering in the United States

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the engineering degree levels they offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Engineering

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,143 Engineering Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in engineering has to look into Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #1 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

There were about 1143 engineering students who graduated with this degree at MIT in the most recent year we have data available. Engineering degree recipients from Massachusetts Institute of Technology earn a boost of about $32,708 above the typical income of engineering majors.

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#2

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,121 Engineering Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in engineering needs to take a look at Stanford University. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Stanford. A Best Colleges rank of #2 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were roughly 1121.0000000000002 engineering students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent year we have data available. Engineering degree recipients from Stanford University earn a boost of around $28,725 over the typical income of engineering majors.

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#3

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
282 Engineering Degrees Awarded

It is difficult to beat Dartmouth College if you wish to pursue a degree in engineering. Dartmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit college located in the town of Hanover. This college ranks 1st out of 17 schools for overall quality in the state of New Hampshire.

There were roughly 282 engineering students who graduated with this degree at Dartmouth in the most recent data year. Soon after graduating, engineering degree recipients generally make around $67,309 at the beginning of their careers.

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#4

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
689 Engineering Degrees Awarded

Duke University is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in engineering. Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #3 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were about 689 engineering students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the engineering major at Duke University make $11,546 more than the average college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#5

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
292 Engineering Degrees Awarded

Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge. A Best Colleges rank of #12 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were roughly 292 engineering students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the engineering degree program at Harvard University earn $68,649 above the average graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,508 Engineering Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #14 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were about 1508 engineering students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the engineering major at Columbia University in the City of New York make $8,758 more than the typical college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
813 Engineering Degrees Awarded

Northwestern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Evanston. A Best Colleges rank of #5 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were about 813 engineering students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the engineering program at Northwestern University get $11,710 above the average graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,317 Engineering Degrees Awarded

Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Baltimore. A Best Colleges rank of #9 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

There were approximately 1317 engineering students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent year we have data available. Engineering degree recipients from Johns Hopkins University earn a boost of about $8,298 over the typical income of engineering graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,592 Engineering Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #8 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Carnegie Mellon is a great university overall.

There were roughly 1592 engineering students who graduated with this degree at Carnegie Mellon in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the engineering major at Carnegie Mellon University get $19,480 above the standard college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#10

Brown University

Providence, RI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
187 Engineering Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #11 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were about 187 engineering students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent data year. Those engineering students who get their degree from Brown University receive $6,068 more than the standard engineering graduate.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,982 Engineering Degrees Awarded

UC Berkeley is a very large public university located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley. This university ranks 3rd out of 170 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 1982 engineering students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the engineering program at University of California - Berkeley earn $11,146 above the typical college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#12

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,430 Engineering Degrees Awarded

Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Colleges rank of #13 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were approximately 1430 engineering students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available. Engineering degree recipients from Cornell University earn a boost of approximately $11,438 above the typical income of engineering graduates.

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#13

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
331 Engineering Degrees Awarded

Princeton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Princeton. A Best Colleges rank of #10 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Princeton is a great university overall.

There were approximately 331 engineering students who graduated with this degree at Princeton in the most recent data year. Those engineering students who get their degree from Princeton University make $14,262 more than the standard engineering student.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,815 Engineering Degrees Awarded

USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles. This university ranks 4th out of 170 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 1815 engineering students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the engineering degree program at University of Southern California earn $17,330 more than the typical college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2,789 Engineering Degrees Awarded

U-M is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor. This university ranks 1st out of 57 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were approximately 2789 engineering students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent data year. Those engineering students who get their degree from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor earn $11,694 more than the typical engineering grad.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
658 Engineering Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 48 schools for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

There were about 658 engineering students who graduated with this degree at WUSTL in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the engineering degree program at Washington University in St Louis get $7,688 more than the average graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#17

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
610 Engineering Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #4 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were approximately 610 engineering students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the engineering major at University of Pennsylvania get $2,033 more than the typical graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#18

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
58 Engineering Degrees Awarded

Harvey Mudd College is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large suburb of Claremont. This college ranks 7th out of 170 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were about 58 engineering students who graduated with this degree at Harvey Mudd College in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the engineering program at Harvey Mudd College earn $13,295 above the standard graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#19

Rice University

Houston, TX
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
355 Engineering Degrees Awarded

Rice is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Houston. This university ranks 1st out of 116 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were about 355 engineering students who graduated with this degree at Rice in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the engineering major at Rice University earn $5,947 above the standard college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#20

Olin College

Needham, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
76 Engineering Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Needham, Olin College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

There were roughly 76 engineering students who graduated with this degree at Olin College in the most recent data year. Engineering degree recipients from Olin College get an earnings boost of about $22,699 above the typical earnings of engineering majors.

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#21

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
492 Engineering Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 42 schools for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

There were approximately 492 engineering students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the engineering program at University of Notre Dame make $6,000 more than the average college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3,407 Engineering Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 1st out of 69 colleges for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were roughly 3407 engineering students who graduated with this degree at Georgia Tech in the most recent data year. Engineering degree recipients from Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus get an earnings boost of about $9,584 over the average income of engineering graduates.

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#23

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
429 Engineering Degrees Awarded

Located in the midsize city of Santa Clara, SCU is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 12th out of 170 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 429 engineering students who graduated with this degree at SCU in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the engineering program at Santa Clara University get $18,224 above the standard college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,342 Engineering Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 6th out of 170 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were roughly 1342 engineering students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent data year. Engineering degree recipients from University of California - Los Angeles earn a boost of around $18,017 over the average income of engineering graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
749 Engineering Degrees Awarded

University of Virginia is a fairly large public university located in the small suburb of Charlottesville. This university ranks 1st out of 65 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were approximately 749 engineering students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent data year. Those engineering students who get their degree from University of Virginia - Main Campus make $6,150 more than the average engineering grad.

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Rest of the Top Best Engineering Schools

#27

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#28

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#30

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#31

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

#32

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

#36

Boston University

Boston, MA

#42

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#45

Tufts University

Medford, MA

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Engineering Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 355 different United States engineering schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Clemson University Clemson, SC
51 Northeastern University Boston, MA
52 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
53 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Engineering Schools award.

Rank College Location
54 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
55 Iowa State University Ames, IA
56 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
57 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
58 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
59 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
60 Auburn University Auburn, AL
61 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
62 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
63 New York University New York, NY
64 University of Delaware Newark, DE
65 Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buzzards Bay, MA
66 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO
67 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
68 New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ
69 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
70 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
71 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD

Engineering by Region

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

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Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 46,178
Electrical Engineering 28,844
Civil Engineering 21,388
Computer Engineering 17,987
Chemical Engineering 12,917
Biomedical Engineering 12,811
General Engineering 11,796
Industrial Engineering 9,072
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 8,001
Systems Engineering 3,904

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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 Petty Officer 3rd Class Declan Barnes.

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