The engineering field is constantly growing, changing, and innovating, so to break in you’ve got to be on your A-game. If you’re hoping to join this club, look for programs with cutting edge research, resources, and faculty. Here are our picks for the top five undergraduate engineering programs:
#5 Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Tech has the largest College of Engineering in the U.S. and offers more than 50 different degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. A big school means a lot of minds to mingle with, and Georgia Tech has over 40 engineering specific clubs and over 400 other student organizations to explore.
#4 University of California – Berkeley
The College of Engineering at UC Berkeley offers top-ranked programs in every engineering field, from civil to nuclear. Berkley engineer alumnae have gone on to build iconic structures like the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge and to become leaders in technology…maybe you’ve heard of a little company called Apple? No matter what your interest, you’ll be in good company here.
#3 California Institute of Technology
The smallest of the top five, Caltech has just over 900 undergraduate students, but don’t let its size fool you. Caltech is serious about engineering; even their mascot, the beaver, pays homage to nature’s greatest engineer. Because of its size, students and faculty form a tight community that works hard but still has time for their long-standing tradition of pranking MIT, #1 on this list.
#2 Stanford University
Stanford is one of the top national universities in the U.S. Add that to the stellar resources of its Engineering program, and you’ve got a combination that’s hard to beat. You’ll be in prime location at the heart of Silicon Valley, where Stanford has a global reputation for turning out innovators and entrepreneurs that have helped define the tech industry.
#1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
It’s no surprise that the MIT School of Engineering is first on this list. Renown for its scientific and technology research, the School of Engineering is the largest of MIT’s five schools and educates about 60 percent of MIT’s undergraduates. Just over a third of MIT’s faculty is in the School, accounting for more than half of the sponsored research at MIT. You’ll be taking on the greatest technological and social problems with the best resources at your fingertips.
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By Tiffany Chen, Admissionado Senior Consultant
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