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2023 Best Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools

343 Colleges in the United States
128,368 Bachelor's Degrees
a bachelor's degree in engineering is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #6 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.

College Factual looked at 343 colleges and universities when compiling its 2023 Best Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 128,368 bachelor's degrees in engineering during the 2020-2021 academic year.

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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.

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 full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools 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

Explore 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

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
108 Annual Graduates

Every student pursuing a degree in a bachelor's degree in engineering needs to take a look at Dartmouth College. Dartmouth is a medium-sized private not-for-profit college located in the remote town of Hanover.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from Dartmouth College

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
359 Annual Graduates

It's hard to beat Massachusetts Institute of Technology if you wish to pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering. Located in the city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

#3

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
302 Annual Graduates

It's difficult to beat Duke University if you wish to pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from Duke University

#4

Brown University

Providence, RI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
92 Annual Graduates

Brown University is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a bachelor's degree in engineering. Located in the midsize city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from Brown University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,169 Annual Graduates

UC Berkeley is a fairly large public university located in the city of Berkeley.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from University of California - Berkeley

#6

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
452 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from Carnegie Mellon University

#7

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
319 Annual Graduates

Northwestern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Evanston.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from Northwestern University

#8

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
240 Annual Graduates

Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Stanford.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from Stanford University

#9

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
600 Annual Graduates

Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Ithaca.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from Cornell University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,311 Annual Graduates

U-M is a very large public university located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

#11

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
243 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from University of Pennsylvania

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
288 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from Washington University in St Louis

#13

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
319 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.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from University of Notre Dame

#14

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
182 Annual Graduates

Princeton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Princeton.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from Princeton University

#15

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA
58 Annual Graduates

Harvey Mudd College is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Claremont.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from Harvey Mudd College

#16

Rice University

Houston, TX
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
196 Annual Graduates

Rice is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Houston.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from Rice University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
519 Annual Graduates

USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from University of Southern California

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2,029 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus

#19

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
48 Annual Graduates

Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Cambridge.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from Harvard University

#20

Olin College

Needham, MA
76 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Needham, Olin College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from Olin College

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
262 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from Columbia University in the City of New York

#22

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
513 Annual Graduates

University of Virginia is a fairly large public university located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from University of Virginia - Main Campus

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
713 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from University of California - Los Angeles

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,016 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from University of Wisconsin - Madison

#25

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
203 Annual Graduates

Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Nashville.More information about a bachelor’s in engineering from Vanderbilt University

Rest of the Top Best Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools

#25

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#26

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#28

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#29

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#30

Boston University

Boston, MA
#31

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

#32

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

#38

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

#46

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#49

George Washington University

Washington, DC

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the rest 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 343 different United States engineering schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Clemson University Clemson, SC
51 Tufts University Medford, MA

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
52 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
53 Northeastern University Boston, MA
54 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
55 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
56 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
57 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
58 Iowa State University Ames, IA
59 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
60 Auburn University Auburn, AL
61 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
62 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
63 University of Delaware Newark, DE
64 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO
65 New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ
66 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
67 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
68 Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buzzards Bay, MA

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 36,809
Electrical Engineering 17,320
Civil Engineering 15,193
Computer Engineering 12,194
Chemical Engineering 10,172
Biomedical Engineering 8,517
Industrial Engineering 5,876
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 5,581
General Engineering 2,652
Environmental Engineering 1,799

Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 137,084
Computer & Information Sciences 109,491
Mathematics & Statistics 32,021
Physical Sciences 30,906
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 22,108
Natural Resources & Conservation 21,743
Engineering Technologies 18,886
Architecture & Related Services 9,454
Communications Technologies & Support 4,797
Science Technologies / Technicians 532

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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