Ranking Engineering Programs

It’s that time of year. Most people are either returning from or leaving for their summer vacations. For anyone entering their final year of high school or undergraduate program, it’s also time to whittle down the list of top schools to just a few.
Hopefully many of our best & brightest are looking take that next step at a top engineering school. As Bill Nye “The Science Guy” said,

There’s nothing I believe in more strongly than getting young people interested in science and engineering, for a better tomorrow, for all humankind.

We’ve compiled some of the various rankings to help you quickly find which school is best for you.

Top Undergraduate Engineering Programs

There are 2 options in the US News rankings of best undergraduate engineering programs. One ranking list is for programs that offer a doctorate in engineering. The other list is for programs that offer engineering degrees, but no doctoral program. Click the links below to see the full list for each.

All of these schools & programs offer some kind of financial aide for those who qualify. If you can qualify for in-state tuition at one of the top schools, there is huge savings. Schools in California, Pennsylvania, Georgia, & Indiana stand out as great options for local hopefuls.

Top Graduate Engineering Programs

Many of the schools that appear on the undergraduate list also appear on the graduate list. In fact, the top 3 schools remain exactly as listed above.

  • Graduate program ranking
    • Top 3
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Stanford University
    • University of California (Berkeley)

You will also find similar rankings from other sources. In fact, last year researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China put together a list of the most influential engineering schools in the world & 13 of the top 15 schools on their list are in the US. Each of the US schools also appears on the US News rankings, though the order is not always the same.

Other Resources

This search tool allows you to find any accredited program. For anyone looking for an associate’s degree in engineering or a local engineering program, this is a great resource.
As anyone who follows the statistics on the gender gap in engineering knows, we need more bright women to enter the field. WEPAN is an organization dedicated to enhancing the success of women in engineering. Learn how they can help you at http://www.wepan.org/
Last, but certainly not least, take a moment to visit Engineering is Elementary. They’re dedicated to helping educators & children develop engineering literacy.
Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below.