Best Engineering Schools In The United States
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Best Engineering Schools In The United States

Wondering which engineering school is right for you? There are many excellent options to choose from to suit every engineering major or budget. Learn about four of the best engineering schools found in different regions of the United States. From mechanical to computer engineering, and from bioengineering to chemical engineering, the following universities offer some of the best programs available.

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

The Jacobs School of Engineering at UCSD in La Jolla, California – an oceanfront community just north of San Diego – is ranked highly by a number of organizations and publications. In 2011, U.S. News& World Report named it the 7th top engineering school in the nation among public universities. Of special note is the school’s department of bioengineering, which comes in 1st place in the U.S. for biomedical engineering, according to the 2010 National Research Council (NRC) rankings. Internationally, UCSD’s engineering school is considered the 9th best overall, according to the 2010 High Impact Universities Ranking. Known as a top research school, it offers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees in several engineering disciplines including aerospace, chemical, computer, electrical, environmental, mechanical and structural.

Oregon State University (OSU)

This public university in Corvallis, Oregon, about two hours south of Portland, provides a good value in education, offering online tutoring and recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for its very high level of research activity. Its College of Engineering focuses on equipping students to deal with practical solutions in everything from earthquake safety to alternative energy. OSU’s graduate nuclear engineering program is considered among the top; in 2008, U.S. News& World Report named it the 8th best in the nation. Other programs available at OSU include manufacturing engineering, civil engineering, and ecological engineering, among others.

University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder)

A research university in Boulder, one of the Front Range communities in Colorado, CU-Boulder has the distinction of being among the Top Five universities in the United States (excluding military academies) for alumni who have flown in space as astronauts. In addition, the university is known for academic excellence in several doctoral programs including chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, and aeronautical and aerospace engineering. CU-Boulder students get to work on real-world projects such as developing unmanned aircraft that use fuel-efficient jet engine technology.

Baylor University

A private Christian university in the heart of Texas, Baylor University – located in Waco an hour and a half south of Dallas – is known for quality professors dedicated to teaching. In 2010, U.S. News& World Report ranked Baylor’s undergraduate engineering program 11th in the nation. The university’s School of Engineering & Computer Science offers academic programs in several specialties including bioinformatics, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineering. Business ethics courses are included in the curriculum. Smaller class sizes and state-of-the-art labs make this campus an attractive option.

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Comments (20)

Very helpful guide done well.Thank you

Thank you very much, Roberta.

nteresting, well researched and informative write-up. Thanks Graciela for sharing and also for your continued generous support. much appreciated

Thank you very much, Abdel-moniem, and for your support as well.

Excellent research and information, My son's second career choice is engineering, I would like him to consider the University of Colorado at Boulder..voted

Good information for students.

Valuable information about engineering schools in the US. thank you Graciela.

Thank you, Francina, Sandy, and Paulose. Francina -- CU-Boulder is excellent. I worked with many engineers who graduated from there. In addition, my kids have friends who attend CU-Boulder. Very good academic programs there.

Great info Graciela. Very informative. Keep writing.

Nice useful compilation for the students.

Thank you very much, Samir and Rathnashikamani!

Informative piece helpful for anyone interested in the field of engineering. Voted; hope you enjoy your weekend! : )

Excellent work . . .

Thank you, Bethany and Sibt-e-Hassan!

My father told me to take up engineering course, civil engineering in particular but I only reach the 2nd year, maybe because I love to take up journalism, very informative as always Graciela.

Thank you for your comment, Ron. I have no doubt that what you learned in civil engineering is helping you in your current work. I'm a former engineer, and what I learned then helps me now as a writer. I believe everything we learn in life helps us in some way.

Engineering is an important area. You outline the schools well here.

I appreciate your comment, Christy.


Thanks, Bethany.