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2023 Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Popularity

There are about 21,879 students enrolled in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering in the USA.

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Bioengineering and biomedical engineering is the 63rd most popular degree in America, with 7,921 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #64 Environmental Studies, and narrowly lost to #62 Philosophy.

The degree is offered at a total of 171 colleges across the nation, and is the 116th most widely offered degree. Given that bioengineering and biomedical engineering is offered at 42% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America, you can be sure this is a critical degree and the skillsets acquired are likely to last for a long time.

It is also worth noting that 60% of colleges offering bioengineering and biomedical engineering are public making it a quite accessible field.

The southeast produces the most bioengineering and biomedical engineering graduates, largely led by Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus, while it’s the Atlantic Coast Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, California ranks highest, with particular help from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo and University of California-Davis.

All that being said, no individual school produces more bioengineering and biomedical engineering graduates than University of California-San Francisco, which graduated 239 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study bioengineering and biomedical engineering). More students studied bioengineering and biomedical engineering as a percentage of total students at Southern California Institute of Technology than any other college.

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