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2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

There are about 24,690 students enrolled in Chemical Engineering in the USA.

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popularity

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

13,591

Vs. National Avg.

-14%

popularity Rank

#71

cost

Somewhat Expensive

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$32K

Vs. National Avg.

31%

cost Rank

#113

salary

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$51K

Vs. National Avg.

26%

salary Rank

#47

professors

Very Good

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

27%

professors Rank

#41

students

Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

6%

students Rank

#135

SUMMARY

A degree in Chemical Engineering is a valuable choice and ordinarily an obligatory first step for scholars choosing to pursue a career as a senior chemical process engineer, a chemical engineer, or a research and development engineer. Interestingly, nationally, chemical engineering is a fairly common choice coming in at the 42nd most popular degree. In the last year, there were 11,423 chemical engineering graduates. In-state tuition for chemical engineering at private institutions is, on average, 4.3 times more spendy than their public peers.

There are 180 schools that offer chemical engineering. 180 institutions is on par with other degrees offered in the United States. If you're hoping to immerse yourself with other chemical engineering undergrads, look at universities in California which have more undergrads admitted to chemical engineering than any other state. More generally, the top region to get a degree in chemical engineering is in the Southeast region with The University of Alabama, Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus, and North Carolina State University at Raleigh best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the best conference to major in chemical engineering is the Big Ten Conference with Ohio State University-Main Campus, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus, and Purdue University-Main Campus representing the conference. That being said, our belief is that the best college for chemical engineering is Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You may also want to check out our list of best colleges.

The objectively best school is not necessarily the 'best' school for you. There are many more perspectives to consider when choosing institution. Stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food might definitely sway your feelings of which college to attend. At authority.org, we have weighed the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you want to know which chemical engineering school has the best college campus, the winner is Northeastern University. If you are very interested in which college boasts the top campus, we have an entire page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, professor reviews, student reviews, and more so we can evaluate every U.S. major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can find our comprehensive list for the schools with the best student life&nbspand, from that list, our choice of the university with the best student life for chemical engineering is Cornell University. Curious why? Continue scrolling to find out more about our top selections. Many of our picks might surprise you.

If cost is a primary influence in your decision on where to go to university, you might be cautious about Columbia University in the City of New York. Columbia University in the City of New York&nbspappears to be the most expensive college for chemical engineering, at least regarding out of state students. We have a page for the most expensive&nbspuniversities that could put the expense of Columbia University in the City of New York&nbspinto perspective. Additionally, you may be interested to know that chemical engineering is the 45th most expensive program in the nation, with an average associated cost of $49,500. On a broader scale, the most expensive state for chemical engineering on our list is Pennsylvania with tuition and fees at the primary three institutions amounting to $57,882 at Bucknell University, totalling $55,816 at Carnegie Mellon University, and expenses of $55,816 at Lehigh University. Even more broadly, the most expensive region for chemical engineering is the Mid East region which is best demonstrated with Columbia University in the City of New York with a cost of $57,763, Cornell University with a cost of $56,550, and Bucknell University with a cost of $57,882.

Our cheapest region for chemical engineering is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Montana State University with a cost of $23,890, Brigham Young University-Provo with a cost of $5,790, and University of Wyoming with a cost of $13,392. In better news, the most affordable university for chemical engineering is North Carolina State University at Raleigh. Authority's full list of the most affordable universities can be explored here.

In-state students can anticipate paying about $11,400 for a degree in chemical engineering. That cost balloons by a lot to an average of $28,600 for an out-of-state public-school student. Our choice for the university constituting the best value for chemical engineering: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Here you will see our comprehensive list on the universities we see as being the best value&nbspoverall. Do know, this section is predicated on being an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when it comes to in-state tuition, but we do not know in which states any one student has residency.

Earnings for chemical engineering students differ widely, but within two years completing the major students will regularly make around $56,200. While there is much variation in earnings; top earners can bring in up to $97,200. Even right out of school, the minimum earning jobs within the chemical engineering field earn $32,100, which could be worse. The highest earning graduates for chemical engineering have come from Massachusetts Institute of Technology&nbspand if you are looking for colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The overall diversity of chemical engineering is quite high, being within the 80th percentile of majors nationally. The university with the most composite diversity for chemical engineering is Massachusetts Institute of Technology&nbspand here you can find our general list of the schools which have the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of the Chemical Engineering major stands only within the 36th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is greater than financial diversity, in the 74th percentile. White undergraduates compose the largest share, 52%, of those studying chemical engineering. Additionally, 65% of scholars pursuing a chemical engineering degree are men.

The median score of chemical engineering's professors is 2.8 stars, a rating which is 30% below the median score for every major; which is a subpar score. If you want the most popular chemical engineering professor nationally, take a look at Karen Nordheden at University of Kansas. It may surprise you, but the best rated instructors for chemical engineering by student are found at University of Kansas. If we incorporate information other than basic rankings it becomes clear that the college with the overall best professors for chemical engineering is Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You will find an explanation of our evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, along with some of the top examples of instructors in the U.S.

Finally, the most difficult college to get into for chemical engineering is Stanford University. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we have a general list of the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we do hope you believe that considering academics from examples primarily derived from superlatives could be said to be the root of many of higher education's fundamental issues. We at Authority encourage you to look at some of our other pages on different topics and explore a few of our insightful background pages on beneficial things to look for as you progress with your college search.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

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Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

Stanford University

Stanford, CA | www.stanford.edu/

5%

Acceptance

20,961

Students

#2

Ranking

$56K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

Yale University

New Haven, CT | https://www.yale.edu/

7%

Acceptance

14,910

Students

#8

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ | www.princeton.edu/

6%

Acceptance

8,532

Students

#5

Ranking

$49K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

Rice University

Houston, TX | www.rice.edu/

11%

Acceptance

8,005

Students

#22

Ranking

$51K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA | web.mit.edu/

7%

Acceptance

12,195

Students

#1

Ranking

$53K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA | www.upenn.edu/

9%

Acceptance

30,688

Students

#7

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA | www.caltech.edu/

7%

Acceptance

2,319

Students

#9

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN | www.nd.edu/

19%

Acceptance

13,268

Students

#16

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY | www.columbia.edu/

7%

Acceptance

33,882

Students

#10

Ranking

$62K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN | www.vanderbilt.edu/

12%

Acceptance

13,918

Students

#17

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, MO | www.wustl.edu/

16%

Acceptance

17,893

Students

#18

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL | www.northwestern.edu/

9%

Acceptance

25,870

Students

#12

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL | www.uchicago.edu/

7%

Acceptance

20,413

Students

#11

Ranking

$61K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY | www.cornell.edu/

11%

Acceptance

24,594

Students

#14

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI | https://umich.edu/

26%

Acceptance

49,530

Students

#33

Ranking

$52K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

University of California-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA | www.ucla.edu/

14%

Acceptance

46,947

Students

#50

Ranking

$43K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

University of Virginia-Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA | https://www.virginia.edu/

23%

Acceptance

29,237

Students

#38

Ranking

$53K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD | www.jhu.edu/

11%

Acceptance

34,250

Students

#4

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

Tufts University

Medford, MA | https://www.tufts.edu/

16%

Acceptance

13,458

Students

#37

Ranking

$61K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA | www.cmu.edu/

17%

Acceptance

15,567

Students

#21

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

Atlanta, GA | www.gatech.edu/

21%

Acceptance

43,217

Students

#42

Ranking

$34K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

United States Military Academy

West Point, NY | www.westpoint.edu/

9%

Acceptance

4,503

Students

#103

Ranking

$0

Tuition

A+

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

Northeastern University

Boston, MA | www.northeastern.edu/

20%

Acceptance

30,003

Students

#45

Ranking

$55K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL | www.ufl.edu/

31%

Acceptance

58,857

Students

#76

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Chemical Engineering

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA | www.usc.edu/

16%

Acceptance

52,376

Students

#28

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

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