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2023 Environmental Engineering Popularity

There are about 5,381 students enrolled in Environmental Engineering in the USA.

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Environmental engineering is the 160th most popular degree in America, with 1,712 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #161 Petroleum Engineering, and narrowly lost to #159 Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management.

The degree is offered at a total of 106 colleges across the nation, and is the 153rd most widely offered degree. Given that environmental engineering is offered at 27% 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 narrowly over two out of every three colleges offering environmental engineering are public making it a quite accessible field.

The mid east produces the most environmental engineering graduates, largely led by University of Delaware, 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-San Diego and Humboldt State University.

All that being said, no individual school produces more environmental engineering graduates than University of Arkansas, which graduated 52 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 environmental engineering). More students studied environmental engineering as a percentage of total students at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry than any other college.

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