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2022 Best Colleges for Engineering Science

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599

Graduates Per Year

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$70K

Average Salary

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#257

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Unpopular

599

90% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

47

76% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

256

Agricultural Public Services

604

257

Engineering Science

599

258

Theatre Design and Technology

592

Cost

Median Cost

$31,985

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

175

Theatre Design and Technology

$32,025

176

Engineering Science

$31,985

177

Pre-Medical Studies

$31,750

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TOP

50

Salary

Very High Salary

$61,380

59% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

27

Electrical Engineering Technologies

$61,476

28

Engineering Science

$61,380

29

Civil Engineering

$60,779

Professors

Good

4.3/5

7.5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

80

Musical Theatre

81

Engineering Science

82

Exercise Physiology

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TOP

50

Students

Very Diverse

4.4/5

21.32% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

25

Human Biology

26

Engineering Science

27

Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences

SUMMARY

Going to school for Engineering Science is a valuable choice and typically a mandatory first step for undergraduates desiring to enter a career as a principal engineer, a senior process engineer, or a manufacturing engineer. In fact, engineering science is an uncommon major coming in at the 257th most popular degree. In the last year, there were 599 engineering science degrees conferred. In-state tuition for engineering science at private institutions is, on average, 3.9 times more spendy than their public equivalents.

With just 47 schools having programs for engineering science you may have a smaller selection of institutions that will have an option for you. If you are looking to surround yourself with other engineering science undergraduates, consider institutions in New Hampshire which have more undergraduates admitted to engineering science than any other state. Zooming out, the top region to get a degree in engineering science is in the New England region with Yale University, Harvard University, and Dartmouth College best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick of the best conference to major in engineering science is the Ivy League with Yale University, Harvard University, and Dartmouth College representing the conference. That being said, our choice for the best university for engineering science is Harvard University. You might also want to check out our list of best colleges.

The best school does not have to be the best school for every student. There might be many more perspectives to consider when selecting ​university. Things such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food could definitely alter your thoughts on where to go to university. At authority.org, we've examined the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are interested in which engineering science college boasts the best campus, the winner is Harvard University. If you are very interested in which university boasts the best campus, then we have a whole page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through student reviews, professor reviews, government databases, and more to compare each major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our comprehensive list for the universities with the best student life and, from that list, our pick for the university with the best student life for engineering science is Vanderbilt University. Curious why? Continue scrolling to find out more about Authority's top recommendations. Many of our conclusions will probably shock you.

If expense is a major deciding factor in your decisions, you might consider avoiding Dartmouth College. Dartmouth College appears to be the most expensive school for engineering science, at least for out of state students. That being said, we have an entire page for the most expensive colleges that might put the expense at Dartmouth College into perspective. You may also be interested to know that engineering science is the 176th most expensive program in the United States, with an average expense of $32,000. On a broader scale, the most expensive state for engineering science in the nation is New Hampshire with tuition and fees at the main school, Dartmouth College, of $55,605. To zoom out even further, the most costly region of the U.S. for engineering science is the New England region which is best demonstrated with Yale University with a cost of $55,500, Harvard University with a cost of $47,730, and Dartmouth College with a cost of $55,605.

Our cheapest region for engineering science is the Far West region which is represented by California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo with a cost of $17,622, California State University-Bakersfield with a cost of $17,622, and University of California-Berkeley with a cost of $41,196. More optimistically, the most affordable school for engineering science is California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. Authority.org's comprehensive list of the most affordable colleges can be found here.

In-state attendees can anticipate paying around $11,700 for a degree in engineering science. That price grows substantially to a median of $28,300 for the out-of-state public-school student. On that note, our pick for the college representing the best value for engineering science: Harvard University. Through this link you can see our comprehensive list on the universities we believe to be the best value in general. Do know, this list is predicated on out-of-state tuition costs. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition is considered, but we do not know in which states any one student has residency.

Earnings for engineering science students range widely, but within two years graduation students will typically earn around $70,100. There is much variation in earnings potential; top positions can experience pay up to $120,500. Straight out of college, the lowest earning positions within the engineering science space make $40,100, which isn't that bad. The top earning graduates from engineering science have come from Harvard University and if you want to find the colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The prevailing diversity of engineering science sits very highly, coming within the 94th percentile of all majors. The university with the most composite diversity for engineering science is Yale University and here you can find our comprehensive list of the schools which have the most diversity. The financial diversity of Engineering Science is only in the 35th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is actually greater, ranking in the 94th percentile. White undergraduates make up the largest proportion at 46% of students studying engineering science. Additionally, 68% of students seeking an engineering science degree are men.

The median ranking of engineering science professors is 4.3 stars, a score that is 8% greater than the median for all majors; which is a pretty good score. If you want to find the most popular engineering science professor nationally, look no further than Molly Weinburgh at Texas Christian University. This may be surprising, but the highest rated instructors of engineering science by student are found at California State University-Long Beach. As we consider information other than just rankings we find that the university with the best instructors for engineering science is Harvard University. You will find an explanation of our evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, along with many of the top professors in the U.S.

Finally, the most difficult college to get into for engineering science is Harvard University. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we have an extensive list of the hardest colleges to get into. With that said, here at Authority we hope you understand that considering university with context primarily derived from superlatives could be said to be the root of many of higher education's fundamental issues. We at Authority hope you read our other pages on different colleges and explore a few of our helpful background 'blog posts' on important things to look for as your college search continues.

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Dartmouth College

#1 Best Colleges for Engineering Science

Dartmouth College is a mid-sized private university located in Hanover, NH ranked 14th in the US. It has a total of 4,797 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 7.93% acceptance rate. Dartmouth College offers 113 different majors and is best known for its Engineering Science, Latin American Studies, and Native American Studies programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,605 per year, Dartmouth College is extremely expensive. 90.38% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take home more or less $75,500 per year, which is 82% greater than the national median.

Hanover, NH

www.dartmouth.edu

A+

Rating

8%

Acceptance

7,081

Students

#14

Ranking

$55,605

Tuition

Harvard University

#2 Best Colleges for Engineering Science

Harvard University is a very large private university located in Cambridge, MA ranked 3rd in America. It has a total of 14,467 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 4.64% of applicants. Harvard University offers 375 different majors and is best known for its History, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $47,730 per year, Harvard University is very high-priced. 77.7% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make more or less $89,700 per year, which is 116% above the national median.

Cambridge, MA

www.harvard.edu

A+

Rating

5%

Acceptance

41,987

Students

#3

Ranking

$47,730

Tuition

Yale University

#3 Best Colleges for Engineering Science

Yale University is a large private university located in New Haven, CT ranked 4th in the United States. It has a total of 6,748 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 6.08% of applicants. Yale University offers 297 different majors and is best known for its American Studies, Religious Studies, and History programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,500 per year, Yale University is very pricey. 89.63% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to generate about $83,200 per year, which is 100% greater than the national median.

New Haven, CT

https://www.yale.edu

A+

Rating

6%

Acceptance

14,389

Students

#4

Ranking

$55,500

Tuition

Trinity University

#4 Best Colleges for Engineering Science

Trinity University is a small private college located in San Antonio, TX ranked 105th in the US. It has a total of 2,540 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting 28.76% of applicants. Trinity University offers 65 different majors and is best known for its Engineering Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Financial Mathematics programs (nationally ranked 4th, 8th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $44,064 per year, Trinity University is quite high-priced. 78.04% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring home approximately $54,900 per year, which is 32% over the national median.

San Antonio, TX

https://new.trinity.edu/

A

Rating

29%

Acceptance

2,774

Students

#105

Ranking

$44,064

Tuition

Vanderbilt University

#5 Best Colleges for Engineering Science

Vanderbilt University is a large private university located in Nashville, TN ranked 17th in America. It has a total of 6,974 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 9.12% acceptance rate. Vanderbilt University offers 245 different majors and is best known for its Teacher Education and Professional Development, Secondary Education and Teaching, and Social Sciences programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $50,800 per year, Vanderbilt University is exceptionally high-priced. 86.73% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to make approximately $69,000 per year, which is 66% greater than the national median.

Nashville, TN

www.vanderbilt.edu

A+

Rating

9%

Acceptance

13,634

Students

#17

Ranking

$50,800

Tuition

Hofstra University

#6 Best Colleges for Engineering Science

Hofstra University is a large private university located in Hempstead, NY ranked 252nd in America. It has a total of 7,118 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 68.49% acceptance rate. Hofstra University offers 271 different majors and is best known for its Engineering Science, Physician Assistant Studies, and Sustainability Studies programs (nationally ranked 6th, 9th, and 18th respectively). With an annual tuition of $46,450 per year, Hofstra University is extremely pricey. 61.08% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to bring home close to $53,100 per year, which is 28% over the national median.

Hempstead, NY

www.hofstra.edu

A-

Rating

68%

Acceptance

11,849

Students

#252

Ranking

$46,450

Tuition

University of Rochester

#7 Best Colleges for Engineering Science

University of Rochester is a large private university located in Rochester, NY ranked 51st in the United States. It has a total of 7,308 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 29.71% acceptance rate. University of Rochester offers 277 different majors and is best known for its Computational Science, Music Performance, and Jazz programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,040 per year, University of Rochester is extremely expensive. 79.93% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After college, alumni go on to bring in roughly $61,200 per year, which is 47% above the national median.

Rochester, NY

https://www.rochester.edu

A+

Rating

30%

Acceptance

13,269

Students

#51

Ranking

$55,040

Tuition

University of California-Berkeley

#8 Best Colleges for Engineering Science

University of California-Berkeley is a very large public university located in Berkeley, CA ranked 68th in the United States. It has a total of 32,700 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 16.25% of applicants. University of California-Berkeley offers 315 different majors and is best known for its Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Natural Resources and Conservation, and Environmental Studies programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $11,442 for students from California and $41,196 for those from out-of-state, University of California-Berkeley is rather costly. 58.68% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. After finishing college, alumni go on to take home roughly $64,700 per year, which is 56% above the national median.

Berkeley, CA

www.berkeley.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

45,183

Students

#68

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

Principia College

#9 Best Colleges for Engineering Science

Elsah, IL

www.principiacollege.edu

B-

Rating

91%

Acceptance

470

Students

#590

Ranking

$29,490

Tuition

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

#10 Best Colleges for Engineering Science

Rutgers University-New Brunswick is a very large public university located in New Brunswick, NJ ranked 144th in the US. It has a total of 40,836 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 61.22% of applicants. Rutgers University-New Brunswick offers 374 different majors and is best known for its Human Resources, Social Work, and Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,230 for in-state students and $29,012 for those from out-of-state, Rutgers University-New Brunswick is somewhat moderately expensive. 72.03% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring in more or less $57,900 per year, which is 39% greater than the national median.

New Brunswick, NJ

https://newbrunswick.rutgers.edu

A

Rating

61%

Acceptance

57,162

Students

#144

Ranking

$29,012

Tuition

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

#11 Best Colleges for Engineering Science

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus is a very large public university located in University Park, PA ranked 230th in the US. It has a total of 42,805 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 75.94% of applicants. Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus offers 481 different majors and is best known for its Architectural Engineering, Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, and Foreign Language Teacher Education programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $17,416 for students from Pennsylvania and $34,480 for those from out-of-state, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus is reasonably expensive. 60.08% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn around $50,100 per year, which is 21% above the national median.

University Park, PA

www.psu.edu/

A-

Rating

76%

Acceptance

49,935

Students

#230

Ranking

$34,480

Tuition

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

#12 Best Colleges for Engineering Science

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is a very large public institution located in San Luis Obispo, CA ranked 112th in the nation. It has a total of 22,130 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 28.42% acceptance rate. California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo offers 123 different majors and is best known for its Natural Resources Management and Policy, Agricultural Mechanization, and Construction Management programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,742 for in-state students and $17,622 for those from out-of-state, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is moderately priced. 73.19% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn roughly $66,900 per year, which is 61% above the national median.

San Luis Obispo, CA

calpoly.edu

A

Rating

28%

Acceptance

23,278

Students

#112

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

Wartburg College

#13 Best Colleges for Engineering Science

Wartburg College is a small private institution located in Waverly, IA ranked 13th in Iowa. It has a total of 1,569 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 75.14% of applicants. Wartburg College offers 47 different majors and is best known for its Music Teacher Education, Engineering Science, and Music Therapy programs (nationally ranked 11th, 13th, and 15th respectively). With an annual tuition of $41,830 per year, Wartburg College is quite costly. 60.86% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to make near $45,400 per year, which is 9% over the national median.

Waverly, IA

www.wartburg.edu

B-

Rating

75%

Acceptance

1,569

Students

#582

Ranking

$41,830

Tuition

Arizona State University-Polytechnic

#14 Best Colleges for Engineering Science

Arizona State University-Polytechnic is a mid-sized public university located in Mesa, AZ ranked 8th in Arizona. It has a total of 5,041 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 83.71% of applicants. Arizona State University-Polytechnic offers 59 different majors and is best known for its Manufacturing Engineering, Air Transportation, and Engineering Science programs (nationally ranked 8th, 14th, and 14th respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,640 for in-state students and $25,920 for those from out-of-state, Arizona State University-Polytechnic is somewhat moderately costly. 60.21% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to draw roughly $47,700 per year, which is 15% greater than the national median.

Mesa, AZ

www.asu.edu/

C+

Rating

84%

Acceptance

5,709

Students

#643

Ranking

$25,920

Tuition

Colorado State University-Fort Collins

#15 Best Colleges for Engineering Science

Colorado State University-Fort Collins is a very large public university located in Fort Collins, CO ranked 6th in Colorado. It has a total of 28,398 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting in the neighborhood of four out of five applicants. Colorado State University-Fort Collins offers 249 different majors and is best known for its Ecology, Agricultural and Domestic Animal Services, and Construction Engineering Technology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,426 for in-state students and $28,147 for those from out-of-state, Colorado State University-Fort Collins is reasonably costly. 61.27% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn close to $47,100 per year, which is 13% over the national median.

Fort Collins, CO

colostate.edu

B+

Rating

81%

Acceptance

37,356

Students

#395

Ranking

$28,147

Tuition

Wright State University-Main Campus

#16 Best Colleges for Engineering Science

Wright State University-Main Campus is a large public university located in Dayton, OH ranked 82nd in Ohio. It has a total of 12,248 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 95.45% of applicants. Wright State University-Main Campus offers 182 different majors and is best known for its Social Science Teacher Education, Engineering Science, and Community Health Services programs (nationally ranked 12th, 16th, and 28th respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,578 for students from Ohio and $18,996 for those from out-of-state, Wright State University-Main Campus is moderately priced. 36.14% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to earn approximately $39,500 per year, which is 5% below the national median.

Dayton, OH

www.wright.edu

C

Rating

95%

Acceptance

16,523

Students

#1831

Ranking

$18,996

Tuition

Wheeling University

#17 Best Colleges for Engineering Science

Wheeling University is a very small private college located in Wheeling, WV ranked 3rd in West Virginia. It has a total of 957 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 68.25% of applicants. Wheeling University offers 38 different majors and is best known for its Engineering Science and Organizational Communication programs, which are respectively ranked 17th and 22nd in America. With an annual tuition of $29,090 per year, Wheeling University is somewhat moderately costly. 58.07% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn roughly $46,200 per year, which is 11% greater than the national median.

Wheeling, WV

www.wju.edu

C+

Rating

68%

Acceptance

1,362

Students

#1001

Ranking

$29,090

Tuition

Muskingum University

#19 Best Colleges for Engineering Science

Muskingum University is a small private liberal arts college located in New Concord, OH ranked 69th in Ohio. It has a total of 1,688 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 80.62% of applicants. Muskingum University offers 84 different majors and is best known for its Engineering Science program, which is ranked 19th in America. With an annual tuition of $28,100 per year, Muskingum University is reasonably pricey. 40.9% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring in more or less $39,600 per year, which is 5% under the national median.

New Concord, OH

www.muskingum.edu/

C

Rating

81%

Acceptance

3,222

Students

#1513

Ranking

$28,100

Tuition

University of New Mexico-Main Campus

#20 Best Colleges for Engineering Science

University of New Mexico-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Albuquerque, NM ranked 9th in New Mexico. It has a total of 20,473 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 94.28% acceptance rate. University of New Mexico-Main Campus offers 241 different majors and is best known for its Emergency Medical Technology, Native American Studies, and Health Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 10th, 12th, and 13th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,299 for in-state students and $21,716 for those from out-of-state, University of New Mexico-Main Campus is somewhat moderately high-priced. 35.05% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn roughly $36,400 per year, which is 12% under the national median.

Albuquerque, NM

www.unm.edu

C

Rating

94%

Acceptance

28,080

Students

#1896

Ranking

$21,716

Tuition