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2023 Chemical Engineering Popularity

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

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Chemical engineering is the 42nd most popular degree in America, with 11,423 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #43 Information Technology, and narrowly lost to #41 Hospitality Management.

The degree is offered at a total of 180 colleges across the nation, and is the 113th most widely offered degree. Given that chemical 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 roughly 7/10 of colleges offering chemical engineering are public making it a quite accessible field.

The southeast produces the most chemical engineering graduates, largely led by The University of Alabama, while it’s the Big Ten Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, California ranks highest, with particular help from University of California-Berkeley and University of California-Davis.

All that being said, no individual school produces more chemical engineering graduates than College of Southern Idaho, which graduated 243 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 chemical engineering). More students studied chemical engineering as a percentage of total students at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology than any other college.

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