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2022 Best Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools

400 Colleges in the United States
130,534 Bachelor's Degrees
If you plan on getting your bachelor's degree in engineering, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #4 in the country in terms of popularity. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 400 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for engineering students pursuing a bachelor's degree. Combined, these schools handed out 130,534 bachelor's degrees in engineering to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Engineering School for Your Bachelor's Degree

Best Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools The engineering bachelor's degree 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.

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level 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.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 3% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 4%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 37 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Early-Career Earnings

One measure we use to determine the quality of a school is to look at the average salary of bachelor's graduates during the early years of their career. That is, everyone wants their bachelor's degree to be worth something, and salaries are one measure of determining that.

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 engineering students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other engineering students want to attend this school to pursue a bachelor's degree.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Student Debt - How much debt engineering students go into to obtain their bachelor's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized engineering related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for engineering students working on their bachelor's degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

Best Schools for Bachelor’s Students to Study Engineering in the United States

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for engineering students seeking a a bachelor's degree. 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 for a Bachelor's in Engineering

#1

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA
28th Most Popular In CA
68 Annual Graduates

Harvey Mudd College is a great option for individuals interested in a bachelor's degree in engineering. Harvey Mudd College is a fairly small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Claremont. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #1 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Harvey Mudd College is a great college overall.

Harvey Mudd College is one of the most popular colleges to study engineering in the United States with about 68 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#2

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NH
113 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in a bachelor's degree in engineering needs to look into Dartmouth College. Dartmouth is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit college located in the remote town of Hanover. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #6 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Dartmouth is a great college overall.

There were approximately 113 engineering students who graduated with this degree at Dartmouth in the most recent data year.

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#3

Olin College

Needham, MA
13th Most Popular In MA
90 Annual Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in a bachelor's degree in engineering needs to take a look at Olin College. Located in the suburb of Needham, Olin College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

With 90 students who completed this degree in the most recent data year, Olin College is one of the most popular colleges to study engineering in the United States.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In MA
383 Annual Graduates

It is hard to beat Massachusetts Institute of Technology if you want to pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #2 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the most popular schools to study engineering in the United States with approximately 383 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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#5

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In NJ
185 Annual Graduates

Princeton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Princeton. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #12 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Princeton is a great university overall.

Princeton University is a fairly popular university to study engineering in the United States with about 185 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#6

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In NC
303 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #7 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were roughly 303 engineering individuals who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year.

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#7

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
16th Most Popular In CA
286 Annual Graduates

Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Stanford. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #3 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

Stanford University is a fairly popular university to study engineering in the United States with about 286 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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#8

Brown University

Providence, RI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In RI
80 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. This university ranks 1st out of 9 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Rhode Island.

There were about 80 engineering students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent year we have data available.

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#9

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In IL
362 Annual Graduates

Northwestern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Evanston. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #16 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were roughly 362 engineering students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In MO
333 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 40 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Missouri.

There were about 333 engineering students who graduated with this degree at WUSTL in the most recent year we have data available.

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#11

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In PA
252 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #9 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

A favorite choice for engineering students, there were roughly 252 students who graduated from this program at UPenn in the most recent year we have data available.

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#12

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, MA
10th Most Popular In MA
174 Annual Graduates

Maritime is a small public school located in the suburb of Buzzards Bay. This school ranks 13th out of 56 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy is one of the most popular schools to study engineering in the United States with about 174 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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#13

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In IN
347 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #14 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were approximately 347 engineering individuals who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent data year.

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#14

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In NY
605 Annual Graduates

Cornell is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Ithaca. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #15 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were roughly 605 engineering individuals who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available.

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#15

Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, ME
2nd Most Popular In ME
79 Annual Graduates

Located in the rural area of Castine, Maine Maritime is a public school with a fairly small student population. This school ranks 4th out of 16 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Maine.

There were about 79 engineering individuals who graduated with this degree at Maine Maritime in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CA
1,011 Annual Graduates

UC Berkeley is a very large public university located in the city of Berkeley. This university ranks 7th out of 113 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of California.

There were about 1011 engineering students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent year we have data available.

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#17

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In PA
421 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 100 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were approximately 421 engineering students who graduated with this degree at Carnegie Mellon in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MI
1,196 Annual Graduates

U-M is a fairly large public university located in the city of Ann Arbor. This university ranks 1st out of 40 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Michigan.

There were roughly 1196 engineering individuals who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent data year.

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#19

Rice University

Houston, TX
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
13th Most Popular In TX
167 Annual Graduates

Rice is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Houston. This university ranks 1st out of 84 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Texas.

Rice University is a fairly popular university to study engineering in the United States with approximately 167 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#20

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
12th Most Popular In MA
93 Annual Graduates

Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #8 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

Harvard University is a fairly popular university to study engineering in the United States with about 93 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In GA
2,279 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 1st out of 52 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Georgia.

There were roughly 2279 engineering students who graduated with this degree at Georgia Tech in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
27th Most Popular In CA
53 Annual Graduates

Caltech is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pasadena. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #13 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Caltech is a great school overall.

With 53 students who graduated from this program in the most recent year we have data available, California Institute of Technology is one of the most popular schools to study engineering in the United States.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
13th Most Popular In CA
413 Annual Graduates

USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles. This university ranks 8th out of 113 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of California.

With 413 students who graduated from this program in the most recent data year, University of Southern California is one of the most popular universities to study engineering in the United States.

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#24

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In MD
295 Annual Graduates

Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Baltimore. This university ranks 1st out of 22 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Maryland.

There were approximately 295 engineering individuals who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In TX
1,378 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 84 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Texas.

There were approximately 1378 engineering individuals who graduated with this degree at UT Austin in the most recent data year.

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Rest of the Top Best Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools

#26

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#27

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

#33

Trinity College

Hartford, CT
#34

Boston University

Boston, MA
#35

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA
#37

Tufts University

Medford, MA
#38

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#40

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

#43

Lafayette College

Easton, PA
#46

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#47

Kettering University

Flint, MI
#48

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#49

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 400 different United States engineering schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
51 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
52 Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO
53 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
54 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
55 Villanova University Villanova, PA
56 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
57 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
58 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
59 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
60 Union College New York Schenectady, NY

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Engineering students that almost earned our Best Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
61 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
62 California State University Maritime Academy Vallejo, CA
63 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
64 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
65 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
66 Iowa State University Ames, IA
67 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
68 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
69 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
70 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
71 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
72 Winona State University Winona, MN
73 Clemson University Clemson, SC
74 Smith College Northampton, MA
75 George Washington University Washington, DC
76 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
77 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
78 Robert Morris University Moon Township, PA
79 Hope College Holland, MI
80 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA

Engineering by Region

View the Best Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

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 37,951
Electrical Engineering 17,931
Civil Engineering 15,160
Computer Engineering 11,531
Chemical Engineering 10,865
Biomedical Engineering 8,224
Industrial Engineering 6,022
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 5,367
General Engineering 2,945
Environmental Engineering 1,771

Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 132,166
Computer & Information Sciences 101,570
Physical Sciences 32,457
Mathematics & Statistics 32,075
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 21,995
Natural Resources & Conservation 21,733
Engineering Technologies 19,688
Architecture & Related Services 9,187
Communications Technologies & Support 4,657
Science Technologies / Technicians 618

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. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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