Top 15 Engineering Programs in the US for Undergraduate Students

 

US Education is still a cherished dream for many Indian students as depicted by the rising number of universities & course searches in recent times. This might have also happened because of the positive news of planned immigration reforms in the US in the coming months by the new government. While a lot of students have started their study abroad US preparation in terms of taking relevant exams, one of the biggest success factors is to choose the right college/ university that will help in propelling the desired career growth.

The intent of Manya Education Experts is to share advice, rankings and data to help you navigate your education journey, easily helping you find the best universities & colleges. While the below-mentioned rankings are based on multiple elements, one of the primary factors has been nominations of up to 15 of the best engineering programs in 12 specialty engineering areas during the survey by U.S. News. These include Aerospace / aeronautical / astronautical, Bioengineering / biomedical, Biological and agricultural, Chemical, Civil, Computer engineering, Electrical / electronic / communications, Environmental / environmental health, Industrial / manufacturing / systems, Materials, Mechanical & Petroleum.
 

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private institution founded in 1861 with a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,530. With an urban setting, the campus size is 168 acres. Located outside Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT focuses on scientific and technological research and is divided into five schools.

University research expenditures have exceeded $700 million a year, with funding from government agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense. Massachusetts Institute of Technology admissions is most selective with an acceptance rate of 7% and an early acceptance rate of 7.4%. Half the applicants admitted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology have an SAT score between 1510 and 1570 or an ACT score of 34 and 36.
 

2. Stanford University

Stanford University

Stanford University is a private institution founded in 1885 with a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,996. With a suburban setting, the campus size is 8,180 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Stanford University’s pristine campus is located in California’s Bay Area, about 30 miles from San Francisco.

Stanford University admissions is most selective with an acceptance rate of 4%. Half the applicants admitted to Stanford University have an SAT score between 1440 and 1570 or an ACT score of 32 and 35. 51% of all full-time undergraduates at Stanford University receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $54,400.
 

3. University of California–Berkeley

University of California

University of California—Berkeley is a public institution that was founded in 1868. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 31,780, its setting is a city, and the campus size is 1,232 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar.  University of California—Berkeley is situated overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Typically, 95 percent or more of incoming freshmen at Berkeley choose to live on campus.  University of California–Berkeley has a total undergraduate enrollment of 31,780, with a gender distribution of 46% male students and 54% female students.

University of California–Berkeley admissions is most selective with an acceptance rate of 17%. Half the applicants admitted to University of California–Berkeley have an SAT score between 1310 and 1530 or an ACT score of 28 and 34. The student-faculty ratio at University of California–Berkeley is 19:1, and the school has 52.9% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. At University of California–Berkeley, 44% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $22,420.
 

4. Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology is a public institution that was founded in 1885. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 15,964, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 400 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Georgia Tech, located in the heart of Atlanta, offers a wide range of student activities. Georgia Tech is very active in research. The Georgia Tech Research Institute conducts government and industry research, and the school’s efforts are key to the Georgia Research Alliance, which plays a role in the state’s economic development strategy.

Georgia Institute of Technology admissions is most selective with an acceptance rate of 21% and an early acceptance rate of 19.9%. Half the applicants admitted to Georgia Institute of Technology have an SAT score between 1370 and 1530 or an ACT score of 31 and 34. The student-faculty ratio at Georgia Institute of Technology is 19:1, and the school has 44.1% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. Georgia Institute of Technology has a total undergraduate enrollment of 15,964, with a gender distribution of 61% male students and 39% female students.
 

5. California Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology

California Institute of Technology is a private institution that was founded in 1891. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 938, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 124 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Caltech, which focuses on science and engineering, is located in Pasadena, California, approximately 11 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Caltech produces a significant amount of research, receiving grants from institutions such as NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Health and Human Services, among others. Close to 90% of undergraduate students participate in research while earning their degree.

California Institute of Technology admissions is most selective with an acceptance rate of 6%. Half the applicants admitted to California Institute of Technology have an SAT score between 1530 and 1560 or an ACT score of 35 and 36. The most popular majors at California Institute of Technology include: Engineering; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Physical Sciences; Mathematics and Statistics; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. California Institute of Technology has a total undergraduate enrollment of 938, with a gender distribution of 55% male students and 45% female students. At California Institute of Technology, 50% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $50,058.
 

6. Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University is a private institution that was founded in 1900. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,022, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 155 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Carnegie Mellon University, founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, is located in Pittsburgh. Undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon have the opportunity to participate in research and can even receive grants or summer fellowships to support research in their field of study.

Carnegie Mellon University admissions is most selective with an acceptance rate of 15%. Half the applicants admitted to Carnegie Mellon University have an SAT score between 1460 and 1560 or an ACT score of 33 and 35. The most popular majors at Carnegie Mellon University include: Engineering; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Mathematics and Statistics; and Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies. Carnegie Mellon University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,022, with a gender distribution of 50% male students and 50% female students. At Carnegie Mellon University, 39% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $43,475.
 

7. University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign is a public institution that was founded in 1867. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 34,120, its setting is city, and the campus size is 1,783 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. The University of Illinois is located in the twin cities of Urbana and Champaign in east-central Illinois, only a few hours from Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis. The University of Illinois is considered a school with the highest level of research activity, according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign admissions is more selective with an acceptance rate of 59%. Half the applicants admitted to University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign have an SAT score between 1220 and 1480 or an ACT score of 27 and 33. The most popular majors at University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign include: Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign has a total undergraduate enrollment of 34,120, with a gender distribution of 54% male students and 46% female students. At University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign, 45% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $17,015.
 

8. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

University of Michigan

University of Michigan—Ann Arbor is a public institution that was founded in 1817. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 31,266, its setting is a city, and the campus size is 3,207 acres. It utilizes a trimester-based academic calendar. The university boasts of Ann Arbor, only 45 minutes from Detroit, as one of the best college towns in the U.S.

University of Michigan–Ann Arbor admissions is most selective with an acceptance rate of 23%. Half the applicants admitted to University of Michigan–Ann Arbor have an SAT score between 1340 and 1530 or an ACT score of 31 and 34. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor has a total undergraduate enrollment of 31,266, with a gender distribution of 50% male students and 50% female students. At this school, 31% of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 69% of students live off-campus. At University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, 39% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $21,665.
 

9. Cornell University

Cornell University

Cornell University is a private institution that was founded in 1865. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 15,043, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 745 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York, has more than 1,000 student organizations on campus, which range from the Big Red Marching Band to the International Affairs Society.

Cornell University admissions is most selective with an acceptance rate of 11%. Half the applicants admitted to Cornell University have an SAT score between 1400 and 1560 or an ACT score of 32 and 35. Cornell University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 15,043, with a gender distribution of 46% male students and 54% female students. At this school, 52% of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 48% of students live off-campus. At Cornell University, 47% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $44,026.
 

10. Purdue University–West Lafayette

Purdue University - West Lafayette

Purdue University—West Lafayette is a public institution that was founded in 1869. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 33,646, its setting is city, and the campus size is 2,468 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Purdue University’s West Lafayette, Indiana, campus is the main campus in the Purdue University system, which encompasses four other campuses throughout the state. Purdue’s esteemed School of Aeronautics and Astronautics within the College of Engineering has acquired the nickname “Cradle of Astronauts.”

Purdue University–West Lafayette admissions is more selective with an acceptance rate of 60%. Half the applicants admitted to Purdue University–West Lafayette have an SAT score between 1190 and 1440 or an ACT score of 25 and 32. The student-faculty ratio at Purdue University–West Lafayette is 13:1, and the school has 38.7% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. Purdue University–West Lafayette has a total undergraduate enrollment of 33,646, with a gender distribution of 57% male students and 43% female students. At Purdue University–West Lafayette, 40% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $11,997.
 

11. University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas at Austin is a public institution that was founded in 1883. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 40,163, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 437 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest schools in the nation. It’s divided into 13 schools and colleges. The university has several student media outlets, and its sports teams are notorious competitors in the Division I Big 12 Conference.

University of Texas at Austin admissions is most selective with an acceptance rate of 32%. Half the applicants admitted to University of Texas at Austin have an SAT score between 1230 and 1480 or an ACT score of 27 and 33. The student-faculty ratio at University of Texas at Austin is 18:1, and the school has 37.4% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Texas at Austin include: Engineering; Social Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services. University of Texas at Austin has a total undergraduate enrollment of 40,163, with a gender distribution of 46% male students and 54% female students. At University of Texas at Austin, 40% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $9,343.
 

12. Princeton University

Princeton University

Princeton University is a private institution that was founded in 1746. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,422, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 600 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Princeton, among the oldest colleges in the U.S., is located in the quiet town of Princeton, New Jersey. Within the walls of its historic ivy-covered campus, Princeton offers a number of events, activities and organizations. Princeton’s unofficial motto, “Princeton in the Nation’s Service and the Service of Humanity,” speaks to the university’s commitment to community service.

Princeton University admissions is most selective with an acceptance rate of 6% and an early acceptance rate of 13.9%. Half the applicants admitted to Princeton University have an SAT score between 1460 and 1570 or an ACT score of 33 and 35. The student-faculty ratio at Princeton University is 5:1, and the school has 75.1% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. Princeton University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,422, with a gender distribution of 50% male students and 50% female students. At Princeton University, 62% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $57,251.
 

13. Columbia University

Columbia University

Columbia University is a private institution that was founded in 1754. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,245, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 36 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Located in New York City, Columbia has three undergraduate schools – Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of General Studies – as well as a number of graduate and professional schools. Distinguished alumni include John Jay, founding father and first Supreme Court chief justice, and former President Barack Obama. Columbia also administers the Pulitzer Prizes.

Columbia University admissions is most selective with an acceptance rate of 5%. Half the applicants admitted to Columbia University have an SAT score between 1450 and 1570 or an ACT score of 33 and 35. The most popular majors at Columbia University include: Social Sciences; Engineering; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Visual and Performing Arts. Columbia University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,245, with a gender distribution of 50% male students and 50% female students. At Columbia University, 50% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $59,297.
 

14. Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University is a private institution that was founded in 1876. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,256, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 140 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Johns Hopkins University is divided into nine schools, five of which serve undergraduate and graduate students. The Homewood Campus, one of the university’s four campuses in and around Baltimore, is the primary campus for undergraduates.

Johns Hopkins University admissions is most selective with an acceptance rate of 10%. Half the applicants admitted to JHU have an SAT score between 1470 and 1570 or an ACT score of 33 and 35. The student-faculty ratio at Johns Hopkins University is 6:1, and the school has 76.7% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. Johns Hopkins University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,256, with a gender distribution of 47% male students and 53% female students. At Johns Hopkins University, 51% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $47,843.
 

15. Northwestern University

Northwestern University

Northwestern University is a private institution that was founded in 1851. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,327, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 231 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Northwestern’s Dance Marathon, created in 1975, is one of the largest student-run philanthropies in the country and has raised more than $20 million for Chicago-area charities. Notable alumni include the 55th mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel; retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens; Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex; ESPN commentator Michael Wilbon; comedian Stephen Colbert; and president and COO of SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell.

Northwestern University admissions is most selective with an acceptance rate of 9%. Half the applicants admitted to Northwestern University have an SAT score between 1440 and 1550 or an ACT score of 33 and 35. The student-faculty ratio at Northwestern University is 6:1, and the school has 77.1% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. Northwestern University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,327, with a gender distribution of 49% male students and 51% female students. At Northwestern University, 46% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $52,629.

All of the above universities offer a number of student services, including nonremedial tutoring, women’s center, placement service, health service, health insurance. Northwestern University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, controlled dormitory access.

Source: US News
 

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