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2023 Engineering Popularity

There are about 438,412 students enrolled in Engineering in the USA.

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Engineering is the 3rd most popular degree in America, with 128,724 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #4 Biological and Biomedical Sciences, and narrowly lost to #2 Business Administration and Management.

The degree is offered at a total of 674 colleges across the nation, and is the 28th most widely offered degree. Given that engineering is offered at 65% 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 70% of colleges offering engineering are public making it a quite accessible field.

The southeast produces the most engineering graduates, largely led by Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus, while it’s the Big Ten 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-Berkeley.

All that being said, no individual school produces more engineering graduates than Arizona Western College, which graduated 2194 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 engineering). More students studied engineering as a percentage of total students at Franklin W Olin College of Engineering than any other college.

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