The Best Engineering Schools: A Guide for Creators, Explorers & Builders

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Choosing a school to study engineering is a daunting task.

Unlike other occupations where your undergraduate education serves as a foundation for further graduate, law, or medical studies, engineering often begins and “ends” there.

This means that whatever happens in undergrad can, in some ways, determine the course of the beginning of your career. It all starts when you graduate.

Best Engineering Schools: The Ultimate Guide

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What Makes a Great Engineering School?

The first step in choosing an engineering institution is to consider school settings that fit your lifestyle and learning needs (campus size, location, and culture).

  • These are things that all applicants should consider, regardless of what they intend to study.

The second step is to consider factors that are specific to engineering (course of study, internship opportunities, faculty, etc.).

These essential considerations are often overlooked in favor of school rankings.

  • Unfortunately, rankings are not always the best measure of a school’s value to you.

The U.S. News survey, for example, ranks undergraduate engineering schools “based solely on peer assessment surveys.”

This makes for wildly biased and unpredictable numbers that do not tell you much.

We encourage you to move away from these lists and consider your personal life, learning style, and specific goals relating to engineering instead.

In our guide, we provide you with a holistic overview of seven top undergraduate engineering programs.

  • We address general student life, what the engineering program offers its undergraduates, and the standout qualities of that program.

Before we get started, here is a more detailed description of some things to consider when you choose a school, so you can be better informed while reading our guide:

1. School size

Would you prefer a small, liberal arts college or a medium to large university?

School size can affect everything from your sense of community to student to teacher ratio in class.

  • In turn, this may determine the connections you make throughout your career and the accessibility to services available to you.

If you visit a university campus and it feels too large, looming, or overwhelming, you may want to consider applying to smaller, liberal arts colleges.

These schools generally have smaller class sizes (as opposed to lecture halls with 50+ students during each session), more easily accessible professors and advisors, and more personal experiences with your school community at large.

  • If you are one who enjoys networking and are resourceful with seeking out the connections and resources you need, then consider going to a bigger institution.
  • Larger universities excite many students for the possibilities they offer.

There will be every type of student organization available to you, as well as many volunteer and study abroad opportunities.

Their scale also offers valuable potential connections to people with whom you will be able to build community as you go.

2. School location

Are you most comfortable in an urban, suburban, or rural setting?

While most schools are flexible in this regard and can sometimes be “in-between” two locations/settings, it is important to think about what kind of environment you like to be in.

  • For example, if you have grown up in a large, bustling city, then it may be hard to adjust to a suburban or rural school. If you are accustomed to smaller, quieter areas, then a school in New York City may not be for you.
  • Attending a school without considering these aspects can lead to you feeling either overwhelmed or isolated while in school, and neither is good for your mental health or academic performance.

Consider transportation and how you will get around on campus.

Will you have a car, or will you be relying on public transportation? Generally, urban and (often suburban) campuses will have reliable forms of public transportation, while rural areas will not.

3. Type of degree

What kind of engineering do you want to study?

Some of the most popular majors are electrical, mechanical, chemical, computer, and civil engineering, but there are many others available that may better reflect your individual curiosities and interests.

  • Are you certain about what you want to study, or do you want time to explore before settling?
  • These are questions that will help you narrow down your schools. For example, a school that is a top institution for a certain kind of engineering may not be for the kind of engineering you wish to pursue.

Similarly, if you do not know what you want to study yet, then you should choose a school with a robust, well-rounded engineering curriculum that is not too skewed towards anything.

This would allow you to explore your options.

4. Goals after graduation

Do you want to enter the workforce or continue in academia?

Within engineering, people have noticed that attending a top-ranked engineering institution does not necessarily equate to achieving the highest starting salary.

  • This is often due to the divide between schools that prepare students for research and continuing education and schools that prepare students for employment after graduation.
  • This is not to say that, if you want to enter the workforce, you can’t attend an institution that specializes in research and be successful.

It simply means that there may be other schools that are a better fit for what you want – and better investment of your tuition money).

5. Internship and co-op opportunities

In many ways, engineering is a highly practical degree and industry experience is invaluable (nearly a must) for good job prospects after graduation.

A school with an excellent program, but limited internship or co-op opportunities could be a detriment to your education.

  • Look for schools that have many connections and options for experience in fields you are interested in.

One last word of advice before we get to the schools: forget the notion that there is a “best engineering school.”

There are only the best engineering schools for you and your goals.

  • If you read through the guide or visit campus and it doesn’t “feel right,” then do not go there – even if it is touted as one of the best engineering schools.
  • Focus on your own personal, learning, and professional needs, and choose a school that matches them.

With that being said, one list we do refer to in this guide is PayScale’s Engineering School list, ranked by salary potential.

This is to address the potential needs/goals of readers who aim to enter the workforce right after graduation.

Finally, these are the best engineering schools!

Stanford University – Palo Alto, CA

Culture: Stanford University is a private research institution that is located in a suburban area.

It has a total undergraduate population of around 7,000 students, and its student-teacher ratio is 4:1. About 70% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.

Opportunities: Stanford is a great option for students who are interested in engineering but are not yet settled on what they wish to do in the future.

The school provides prospective students with many opportunities to explore fields before deciding on one.

  • For example – even before the new student orientation – students can attend Academic Planning sessions where they learn about course selection and majors within engineering.
  • There are Introductory Seminars (Introsems) that underclassmen can elect.
  • These are small-group classes that have few prerequisites; they are taught by esteemed faculty and provide students with hands-on experience in various subjects.
  • More oriented students can take Introductory Engineering Fundamental courses that delve deep into specific engineering topics.

Beyond actual courses for guidance, Stanford has a comprehensive engineering handbook for its undergraduates.

The handbook details everything from courses/majors to study abroad opportunities to necessary steps for graduation.

In addition, there is one-on-one undergraduate advising, as well as designated professors for advising in each engineering department once you declare your major.

  • While there are many resources available, Stanford definitely expects you to be proactive about your education, so do not be afraid to reach out if you come here.

Upside: As an Ivy League institution, Stanford affords countless internship and networking opportunities for its undergraduates.

There are over five international internship programs that students can choose from.

  • Many of these take place in developing countries, where students may engage in community-service projects, learn about high-levels of growth in technological/engineering sectors globally, or even work in a technological company in another country.

With planning and a desire for it, most engineering students will be able to participate in a study abroad program: Stanford provides need-based financial aid to ensure that these opportunities are open and inclusive to everyone.

  • Those who prefer the comfort of home can find a summer internship and work opportunities through BEAM.

Of all its renowned qualities, one of the standout features of attending Stanford is its proximity to, and unique relationship with, Silicon Valley.

  • This relationship has fostered a truly entrepreneurial spirit within the engineering school, and it makes Stanford an especially good fit for engineers with a business-minded outlook.
  • Stanford has a University Innovation Fellows program that teaches students “about the entrepreneurial mindset, innovation, creativity, design thinking and venture creation at their schools.”

Students may also join the Business Association of Stanford Engineering Students, which works to link students to technology start-ups and recent ventures.

It is no surprise that many graduates go on to work at top-paying jobs at Apple, Facebook, and Google.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Cambridge, MA

Culture: No engineering school list would be complete without MIT. MIT is a private research institution, well-known and well-respected for its math, science, and engineering programs.

  • The school is also regarded as one of the top universities in the world.

Located near Boston, in Cambridge, MIT is in an urban area. It has an undergraduate population of 4,547 students, and its student-teacher ratio is 3:1.

About 70% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.

  • MIT invests a lot in its engineering students and provides them with many opportunities, and for good reason: Of 3382 undergraduates, 2455 students elect to major in engineering. That is 72% of students!
  • Students who graduate from MIT fare well in both research and industry jobs, but this does not mean that it is the best school for everyone.
  • The school’s engineering-focused culture and class make-up, coupled with its low acceptance rate (7.9%), make it ideal for serious students who are up for MIT’S academic rigor and for intellectual challenges beyond that of other programs.

More so than at other schools, the professors and students at MIT are truly dedicated to knowledge for the sake of knowledge, rather than for GPA.

  • Because of this, there are higher reports of grade deflation from students here than elsewhere; it will likely be more difficult to achieve an A in courses at MIT than at a different university.

This school is also ideal for students who have thoughtfully considered their motives behind choosing engineering and are confident it is what they want to pursue.

Students who have clearer goals will be able to streamline their interests and better utilize all the resources that MIT has to offer.

Opportunities: Among its opportunities, is the possibility for students to create their own course of study, specifically in aeronautics/astronautics, chemical engineering, and mechanical engineering.

Students are not restricted to certain classes for their degree and can customize their curriculum according to their interests.

This freedom fits into the school’s belief in change and innovation.

  • MIT also provides its students with a lot of advising support. Students even get to choose what type they want:
  • First-year students can either participate in a “for-credit advising seminar” or elect a more traditional route for advising. Both options provide students with an advisor and an advising group that they can work closely with.
  • This ensures that students are fully supported during their freshmen year, which can be a difficult adjustment period for many.

Once students select a specific engineering major, each department has specialized advising available for its students.

  • Outside of advising, MIT’s student-teacher ratio (3:1) means that undergraduates receive more individual support, and it is a good school for those who prefer a more intimate setting.

Upside: Research expenditures at MIT exceed $600 million a year, making it a premier institution for students who want to pursue research.

90% of undergraduates do research alongside faculty through MIT’s flagship UROP program.

Students are able to engage in hands-on experimenting and direct mentorship from top researchers.

  • Beyond that, students may apply for superUROP where they participate in supervised projects that may lead to publication.

Lastly, there are many real-world experiences available to students here, because of MIT’s extensive connections all over the United States and the world.

For example, its Summer Washington Program connects students (of any major) to positions in the U.S. government, while its MISTI program sends students to over 25 different countries to work and do research.

These are only two examples out of a whole host of internship possibilities.

California Institute of Technology – Pasadena, CA

Culture: Caltech is a private university located in a suburban area, about 11 miles from Los Angeles.

  • Its undergraduate population is around 979 students, and its student-teacher ratio is 3:1. About 67% of the classes have fewer than 20 students.

Caltech’s education is often compared to MIT’s. It boasts a similar academic rigor, focuses on the pursuit of knowledge, and very competitive admission rate (8%).

It is another school that is ideal for students who know they want to pursue engineering and have an idea of what they want to study within it.

If you are interested in both, there are important differences between the institutions that may help you inform your decision.

  • Caltech’s location and size create a unique situation for students.
  • While it has the same student-teacher ratio as MIT, it has far fewer undergraduates – under 1,000!
  • This means that, as a freshman, you are sharing resources, faculty, and experiences with only about 250 other students. As a result, professors are more readily accessible and better able to engage students.

Opportunities: Caltech’s small size means that it must focus its resources on specific programs.

This has resulted in particularly strong and specialized science and tech-oriented areas of study/research, advising, and opportunities:

  • Caltech does not have as structured of an advising program as some other schools, but students are well supported and not likely to slip under the radar as undergraduates are required to meet their advisor at least once a year.
  • They have the option for specific, departmental advisors once they declare their major.
  • Further guidance is always available to students who are proactive about reaching out and asking questions.

The institution is a pioneer in research and ground-breaking discoveries. There are over 500 research scholars at Caltech, and even some of their senior administrators are active in research.

  • Undergraduates benefit greatly from this: 90% of students work with professors to design, conduct, and complete research projects through Caltech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) program.

Because of the high caliber of research, students here are more likely to get more serious research projects (that are better paid, too).

In addition, the school has a different focus and approach to research than at other schools.

  • Caltech’s curriculum tends to be more theoretically driven, meaning students are encouraged to think abstractly and explore questions/theories even if there is not an immediate or obvious application involved.

This freedom allows students to think outside the box, take more research risks – and push the boundaries of science.

Upside: Along with the many other internship and employment opportunities for students, Caltech is also located near NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which was founded by Caltech faculty.

  • Many students are able to procure employment or internship positions here and start networking with leading scientists as undergraduates.
  • While there are study abroad opportunities for students (six programs), it is not as extensive or far-reaching as some of the other schools on this list.

Caltech’s size and location also make for an insular and, in some ways, homogenous college experience.

  • Most everyone you meet will be in science and tech fields and there are less diverse student interests than at other schools.
  • Really consider if this is an environment that you will thrive in.

If being surrounded by like-minded peers will push and challenge you to do better, then Caltech may be the school for you. I

If this is something you may find isolating or difficult (there will likely be a higher degree of competitiveness), then consider going to a larger institution like Stanford.

Georgia Institute of Technology – Atlanta, GA

Culture: Georgia Tech is a public university located in the urban city of Atlanta.

  • It has a total undergraduate enrollment of around 15,500 students, and its student-teacher ratio is 20:1. About 40% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.

Georgia Tech is on this guide because it is often underrated and left off some engineering schools lists.

  • It is generally placed a tier lower than bigger name schools like MIT, Caltech, and Stanford because of the prestige factor and higher acceptance rate – but its top-quality education and resources are comparable to them.

If that doesn’t convince you, the World University Rankings (which uses an actual methodology), puts Georgia Tech at 11th place internationally.

Opportunities: From a financial perspective, Georgia Tech has one of the highest returns on investment.

It is a public institution, meaning that in-state students can attend for a lower tuition rate ($10k/year). Even its out-of-state tuition (around $30k/year) falls far behind other private institutions.

For comparison, Stanford’s tuition is $45k/year, while MIT’s is nearly $50K. There are also fewer fees and more financial aid available to students at Georgia Tech.

  • Due to its size and higher acceptance rate, Georgia Tech attracts more diverse ranges of students and student interests than some of the other schools.
  • You will be able to meet and interact with people outside of your discipline, which can be refreshing and beneficial socially.
  • People have reported that Georgia Tech has a less stressful, more collaborative, and more social environment, all while maintaining a high level of academic rigor and challenge.
  • Based on average standardized test scores, Georgia Tech has been dubbed as one of the smartest public colleges.

Georgia Tech’s interdisciplinary culture crosses over into its College of Engineering, where there are a dozen degrees available across eight schools, and students are encouraged to collaborate with one another across disciplines.

It is another school that is good for students who are still considering their future in engineering and benefits from support and structure.

Upside: During the FASET orientation – an orientation specifically designed for first-year students in technology – the School of Engineering gives a basic overview of all engineering disciplines to help students choose and consider different majors.

Undeclared engineering students are then assigned an academic advisor to help them navigate their decisions.

In addition, undeclared students can take the Freshmen Engineering Seminar.

  • This is a one-credit, small-group course that meets once a week to support and advise students.
  • Once they declare their major, students can make use of their particular department’s walk-in hours or sign up for one-on-one sessions with their assigned Staff Advisor.

Unlike other schools that leave it up to students to look into opportunities on their own, FASET lets students know about the importance of pursuing undergraduate research, internships/co-ops, or study abroad experiences, of which there are many:

  • The School of Engineering boasts over 150 interdisciplinary research centers that involve “students at all levels.”

There are centers that study and match every sort of interest that you would want to pursue – from nanostructure characterization and fabrication to fluid mechanics to renewable bioproducts. About 33% of engineering students participate in research.

  • One of Georgia Tech’s standout qualities is its comprehensive Undergraduate Co-op Program. It is a five-year program that complements students’ education with practical fieldwork directly relating to what they are studying.
  • It is available for all engineering majors and is also paid. This is an invaluable learning experience because it optimizes your time as a student and ensures that you are fully ready for work after graduation.

In addition, there is the Internship Program that provides students with hands-on/practical experiences.

  • They are single-semester internships, which allows students the flexibility to explore and try out multiple work settings.

Lastly, Georgia Tech has one of the most comprehensive lists of study abroad programs for students, and there are many that are specifically for engineering students.

The School of Engineering has sister campuses in, and well-established partnerships with, technological institutions/universities all over the world.

Students may travel to Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East to engage in everything from pursuing a dual degree at an international campus to learning about global economies.

Harvey Mudd College – Claremont, CA

Culture: Harvey Mudd is a private liberal arts college located in a suburban area, about 30 miles from Los Angeles.

  • It has a total undergraduate population of 829 students, and its student-teacher ratio is 8:1.
  • About 61% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.

This is another institution that might surprise people. Like Georgia Tech, it is generally considered a lower-tier school than other big-name institutions.

  • Yet Harvey Mudd offers a high caliber education, practical experience, and produces some of the most employable students upon graduation.

Opportunities: Payscale ranks Harvey Mudd College at #1 for schools with the highest-paid graduates, while its engineering major comes in 4th place overall.

There are several reasons Harvey Mudd is able to achieve this status.

For one, students at HMC receive phenomenal support from faculty. Professors are dedicated and readily accessible to students.

  • Because of the small class size, students are truly able to get to know every one of their professors and will not just be another face in the crowd during classes.

This highly personal approach to education is also reflected in HMC’s advising system for engineering students.

  • The first resource available for students is a comprehensive Engineering Advising Handbook, which students may use to independently choose prerequisite courses and help with all the major things to consider (study abroad, majors, minors, etc.).
  • Once students declare engineering as their major, they are assigned an advisor who they meet one-on-one at least once every semester.

If your advisor is not available during a critical time, then you have the option of meeting with the Chair of the Department – in short, resources are not spread thin here and you will be taken care of as a student.

Upside: Another reason Harvey Mudd tops many salary lists is that its approach to engineering is especially intentional and meticulous.

Their guiding philosophy is “based on the recognition that there is a professional component that is best addressed through practice gained by working on real problems.”

  • Every course, seminar, and opportunity at HMC is aimed at producing graduates who are exceptionally competent and fully aware of the impact of their work on society.

For that purpose, Harvey Mudd created an Engineering Clinic.

  • The Clinic partners with real-life industries in the public and private sectors.
  • Under the guidance of faculty, students independently design and execute projects that solve real-world problems for these companies.
  • While companies retain all rights to the project, it is not uncommon for students to be named on the patents.

In addition to putting an emphasis on real-world, practical experiences, Harvey Mudd provides outstanding career services support to its students.

The school focuses much of its efforts on outreach to employers and making it easier for them to connect with students.

  • They have several job/internship fairs a year, where they bring in top recruiters and companies; the largest percentage of HMC students finds employment through these fairs.

Career fairs aren’t the only place to find employment.

  • HMC has an online platform (Handshakes) where recruiters can post internships, industry jobs, and research positions for all students to search and see.
  • More positions are available each year as the platform is so accessible and easy to use.

All the above factors make Harvey Mudd a top school for engineering and, in particular, for employment after graduation.

  • There are some other things to consider about student life too. HMC combines the intimacy and small-school benefits of Caltech with a well-rounded school culture.

While STEM subjects are the focus at Harvey Mudd, they are not the end-all-be-all.

There is a strong Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts department that makes for more diverse student experiences.

Most students live on campus (90%!), and it is difficult to commute outside of it without a car.

  • The general consensus about HMC is that most students either love it or hate it here – with few in between.

This is a dynamic that occurs often in smaller schools because you are less able to remove yourself from groups, situations, and experiences you don’t like.

Definitely consider if a small, suburban school is a good fit for you before you commit to attending it for four years!

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University of California – Berkeley, CA

Culture: UC Berkeley is public institution located in an urban area, near San Francisco Bay.

  • Its undergraduate enrollment is around 29,000, and its student-teacher ratio is 18:1. About 52% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.

Berkeley is arguably the best public university in the U.S., and it has even been dubbed a “public Ivy League” school.

Being an engineering student here comes with the added benefits of attending a large, well-funded public school: broader social networking, pristine facilities, and a diverse, robust educational experience.

Opportunities: Berkeley is a great choice for students who are set on a certain engineering path, as well as for those who are not as sure.

Berkeley is extremely flexible when it comes to degree programs and offers a whole host of major/minor combinations, ranging from double majors to joint majors.

  • Students can even pursue simultaneous degrees across different schools or colleges – an option that is rarely available for students in other schools on this guide.

While Berkeley does not have an ideal student-teacher ratio (18:1), its many resources and high percentage of accomplished faculty more than make up for it.

Its academic and advising services are extensive and extremely thorough. They are some of the best available:

  • Berkeley offers over five different advising resources for engineering students.
  • Students are assigned two different advisors based on their major; their ESS advisor helps with questions about degree/graduation requirements and challenges throughout their education, while faculty advisors primarily help with course selection, goals, and finding research/internship opportunities.
  • There are also advisors for undeclared students and specific department, peer, and professional advising services.

The College of Engineering seems to understand that the workload is intense and that students may feel like a “number” in their classes.

That is why they give students a great deal of academic support.

Upside: They have three different engineering programs (PREP, T-PREP, and Engineering Scholars as Engaged Students), as well as a series of engineering excellence workshops for students to get a head start on their education.

  • These resources help students transition into full engineering coursework, learn about efficient ways to take notes and study, and make connections in a smaller/more intimate group setting.

Tutoring is available, too.

  • There are specific sessions for almost every core engineering class, and each is held multiple times during the week, for two to seven hours at a time!

Students can work around their own schedule and drop-in whenever it is convenient for them.

Berkeley clearly cares about and wants their students to be successful, beginning with their foundational education.

  • If you are an independent, proactive individual who is good about reaching out for help when you need it, then Berkeley’s size will be an advantage rather than a detriment to your experience.

One of the greatest benefits of attending this school for engineering is its highly accomplished faculty.

  • Berkeley boasts 229 active faculty members, 74 of whom are active and emeriti of the National Academy of Engineering, and 35 of which have received distinguished teaching awards.
  • Its established faculty is why Berkeley is one of the most progressive institutions and is often at the forefront of innovation.

Lastly, Berkeley is a great option for students who have an entrepreneurial mindset. Like Stanford, Berkeley is greatly influenced by its proximity to Silicon Valley.

  • Students benefit from additional access to internships and job opportunities in the Valley, as well as a whole host of programs and resources that serve as the foundation of Berkeley’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.

This includes the Engineering Leadership Professional Program, Global Venture Lab, and SkyDeck. These are focused on teaching technology entrepreneurship to undergraduates and supporting them in launching new ventures and companies.

Carnegie Mellon University – Pittsburgh, PA

Culture: Carnegie Mellon is a private university that is located in an urban area.

  • It has an undergraduate enrollment of around 6,671 students, and its student-teacher ratio is 13:1. About 66% of its classes have fewer than 20 students in it.

Carnegie Mellon is another excellent choice.

  • It is one of the most accessible private schools and, as a result, offers more diverse student experiences than other private schools.
  • While it is renowned for its impressive engineering program, it is perhaps best known for being a top comprehensive institution with strengths in numerous different areas – the arts, humanities, and other sciences.
  • Not many institutions can maintain this balance of excellence.

A unique feature of attending Carnegie Mellon for engineering is CMU’S humble school culture/perspective.

CMU was founded by industrialist and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, and the school’s motto is “My heart is in the work.”

Opportunities: Engineering at CMU is not a means to a job or financial end.

Rather, it is imbued with a strong sense of purpose, fulfillment, and humility that is often directed towards addressing societal changes.

  • Professors at the college challenge students with rigorous academics while also continually directing their education towards their individual passions and growth.

The overall environment at CMU is more collaborative and supportive than some of the other schools on this list.

A common comment from former students is that they love CMU because it allowed them to grow both intellectually and as an individual, preparing them well for life after graduation.

  • As you can see, Carnegie Mellon encourages and accommodates the intersection of engineering with other intellectual curiosities – and has the high-quality interdisciplinary education to support it.
  • This makes CMU a perfect school for engineers who have strong passions or interests in other fields that they would like to cultivate.

It is also good for those students who are unsure of what major they want to study, because Carnegie Mellon takes care of their first-year engineering students and provides them with a lot of support.

  • CMU truly works to acclimate students to the college experience and to “ease” them into engineering to ensure students make a thoughtful, relevant choice:

Online advising is available before students even begin their term. They can reach out for help through familiar platforms like Skype, IM, email, and even Facebook.

Advisors guide them through everything from course selection to what kind of computer to purchase.

Upside: Unique to CMU’s College of Engineering, there is a first-year advisory board that acts as a liaison between first-year students and the administration, staff, and faculty to make sure that the new students’ voices and concerns are heard.

  • The board offers a rare opportunity for self-advocacy and influence.

To help students learn about specific majors, CMU has information sessions during orientation.

  • Students can meet faculty and upper-classmen from each of the seven engineering departments. Students also take two engineering electives of their choice during their first year.

These electives introduce students to engineering principles and a specific field. This is a different approach to many other schools, where their curriculum starts right away with core classes.

  • Lastly, Carnegie Mellon is driven by innovation and industry. Students here have a knack for creating new things: since 2008, 261 companies have been created at Carnegie, 158 of which are indirect startups by faculty, students, and staff.

Carnegie has a center (CTTEC) that assists students with these ventures.

The school has deep ties and partnerships with influential companies like LG, GM, Intel, Boeing, and many others who they have successfully collaborated with to engineer solutions for societal challenges.

Students greatly benefit from these relationships, too.

CMU says that their students are sought out for internships even before they graduate, and many join some of the most successful companies in the world.

Conclusion: The Best Engineering Schools

Remember, when considering the best engineering schools, keep in mind, culture, opportunities, location, and upside are just as important as prestige.

In order to succeed, you’ll need real-world experience, networking skills, and applicable knowledge to make your engineering dreams come true.

Hopefully, you’ll be able to attend a school on this list, or a university that is close in competition to the colleges mentioned here.

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