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2022 Best Colleges for Manufacturing Engineering

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506

Graduates Per Year

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$76K

Average Salary

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#279

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Unpopular

506

92% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

35

82% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

279

Manufacturing Engineering

506

280

Veterinary Technology

503

Cost

Very Affordable

$17,622

45% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

369

Computer Systems Analysis

$17,661

370

Manufacturing Engineering

$17,622

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TOP

25

Salary

Very High Salary

$67,331

74% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

15

Systems Engineering

$67,364

16

Manufacturing Engineering

$67,331

17

Computer Engineering

$66,444

Professors

Bad

4/5

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

210

Pastoral Counseling

211

Manufacturing Engineering

212

Digital Arts

Students

Not Very Diverse

3.6/5

1.24% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

238

Pre-Medical Studies

239

Manufacturing Engineering

240

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SUMMARY

Majoring in Manufacturing Engineering is a valuable choice and commonly a requisite first step for scholars wishing to enter a career as a senior manufacturing engineer, a manufacturing design engineer, or a supplier quality engineer. Interestingly, manufacturing engineering is a very rare degree coming in at the 279th most popular major. In the last year, there were 506 manufacturing engineering diplomas received. In-state tuition for manufacturing engineering at private institutions is, on average, 2.8 times more expensive than their public fellows.

With just 35 colleges offering manufacturing engineering there could be limited options as to the institutions which will have a degree program for you. If you're looking to immerse yourself with other manufacturing engineering students, look at colleges in California which have the most students admitted to manufacturing engineering annually. Zooming out, the best region to major in manufacturing engineering is in the Great Lakes region with Northwestern University, Ferris State University, and University of Wisconsin-Stout best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection of the best conference to major in manufacturing engineering is the West Coast Conference with Brigham Young University-Provo representing the conference. From our list on the best colleges, our selection for the best college for manufacturing engineering is Northwestern University.

The best school does not have to be the best school for you. There might be tons more perspectives to consider when deciding on school. Stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food would impact your inclinations of where to go to school. At authority.org, we've evaluated the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you want to know which manufacturing engineering school has the top campus, the answer is California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. If, for example, you are mostly interested in which college boasts the top campus, then 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 major in an unbiased and informative way. You can explore our comprehensive list for the universities with the best student life here and, from that list, our pick for the college with the best student life for manufacturing engineering is California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. Curious why? Continue reading to learn more about Authority's top recommendations. Some of our decisions might surprise you.

If cost is a primary influence in your decisions, you might consider avoiding Northwestern University. Northwestern University is the most expensive college for manufacturing engineering, at least regarding out of state students. That being said, we have a list of the most expensive colleges that might put the cost of Northwestern University into perspective. Additionally, you could be interested to know that manufacturing engineering is the 370th most expensive major in the US, with an average cost of $17,600. On a broader scale, the most expensive state for manufacturing engineering on our list is Illinois with expenses at the primary two universities Bradley University and Northwestern University of $34,200 and $56,232 respectively. Even more broadly, the most costly region for manufacturing engineering is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for manufacturing engineering is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Brigham Young University-Provo with a cost of $5,790. On the bright side, the most affordable school for manufacturing engineering is Brigham Young University-Provo. Authority.org's full list of the most affordable colleges can be found here.

In-state attendees can expect to pay about $9,700 for a degree in manufacturing engineering. The cost increases intensely to a median of $20,800 for an out-of-state public-school student. As such, you might be interested in our selection for the university with the best value for manufacturing engineering: Northwestern University. Here you will find our comprehensive list about the schools we see as being the best value in general. Do know, this section is based on out-of-state tuition costs. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition is considered, but we do not know where you live (and are not trying to collect that kind of data).

Earnings for manufacturing engineering majors vary a lot, but two-years after completing the major students will typically earn around $76,200. There is much variation in pay; highest paid earners can experience pay up to $114,500. Even right out of college, the minimum earning positions within the manufacturing engineering field earn $49,900, which could be worse. The top earning graduates for manufacturing engineering have come from Northwestern University and if you want to find the universities with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The overall diversity of manufacturing engineering sits below average, being in the 40th percentile of all programs. The college with the highest composite diversity for manufacturing engineering is National University and here you can find our general list of the colleges with the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of the Manufacturing Engineering major ranks only within the 73rd percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is even lower in the 59th percentile. White undergraduates make up the largest proportion, 59%, of students studying manufacturing engineering. Additionally, 87% of undergraduates pursuing a manufacturing engineering major are men.

The median ranking of manufacturing engineering professors is 4 stars, a ranking that is actually the median for all majors; which is a fine. If you want to find the most popular manufacturing engineering professor in the nation, look no further than Donald M. Davis from Brigham Young University-Provo. It may come as a shock, but the highest ranked professors for manufacturing engineering according to students are at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. If we including data beyond basic rankings we find that the university with comprehensively the best professors for manufacturing engineering is Northwestern University. One will find more detail on our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, as well as many of the top examples of professors in the U.S.

Finally, the hardest college to get into for manufacturing engineering is Northwestern University. While we think of this list more as a novelty, we do have a comprehensive page of the hardest colleges to get into. But, here at Authority we hope you believe that approaching the higher education world with a perspective primarily built on superlatives can create problems. We at Authority encourage you to look at some of our more focused pages on different colleges and read some of our background pages on important things to look for as you progress with your school search.

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Northwestern University

#1 Best Colleges for Manufacturing Engineering

Northwestern University is a very large private university located in Evanston, IL ranked 18th in the US. It has a total of 9,906 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 9.05% of applicants. Northwestern University offers 406 different majors and is best known for its Manufacturing Engineering, Journalism, and Drama programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $56,232 per year, Northwestern University is exceptionally expensive. 76.5% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to generate roughly $69,000 per year, which is 66% above the national median.

Evanston, IL

www.northwestern.edu

A+

Rating

9%

Acceptance

25,614

Students

#18

Ranking

$56,232

Tuition

Brigham Young University-Provo

#2 Best Colleges for Manufacturing Engineering

Brigham Young University-Provo is a very large private university located in Provo, UT ranked 233rd in the nation. It has a total of 35,951 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 67.49% acceptance rate. Brigham Young University-Provo offers 310 different majors and is best known for its Family Systems, Portuguese Language and Literature, and Spanish Language Teacher Education programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $5,790 per year, Brigham Young University-Provo is very inexpensive. 66.32% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, entering the labor market. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn around $59,700 per year, which is 44% over the national median.

Provo, UT

www.byu.edu

A-

Rating

67%

Acceptance

39,233

Students

#233

Ranking

$5,790

Tuition

Bradley University

#3 Best Colleges for Manufacturing Engineering

Bradley University is a mid-sized private college located in Peoria, IL ranked 17th in Illinois. It has a total of 4,714 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting just about seven out of ten applicants. Bradley University offers 161 different majors and is best known for its Sports Communication, Construction Engineering, and Manufacturing Engineering programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $34,200 per year, Bradley University is reasonably high-priced. 68.9% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to generate more or less $53,600 per year, which is 29% over the national median.

Peoria, IL

www.bradley.edu

B+

Rating

70%

Acceptance

6,323

Students

#402

Ranking

$34,200

Tuition

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

#4 Best Colleges for Manufacturing Engineering

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

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

#5 Best Colleges for Manufacturing Engineering

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona is a very large public college located in Pomona, CA ranked 42nd in California. It has a total of 26,549 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 54.59% acceptance rate. California State Polytechnic University-Pomona offers 93 different majors and is best known for its Landscape Architecture, Electrical Engineering Technologies, and Manufacturing Engineering programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 4th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,742 for students from California and $17,622 for those from out-of-state, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona is moderately priced. 67.5% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, entering the workforce. After graduation, alumni go on to make around $54,000 per year, which is 30% greater than the national median.

Pomona, CA

www.cpp.edu

B+

Rating

55%

Acceptance

28,547

Students

#355

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

Robert Morris University

#6 Best Colleges for Manufacturing Engineering

Robert Morris University is a small private institution located in Moon Township, PA ranked 47th in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 4,375 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 84.45% of applicants. Robert Morris University offers 70 different majors and is best known for its Nuclear Medical Technology, Manufacturing Engineering, and Computer Systems Analysis programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 6th, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $29,930 per year, Robert Morris University is reasonably costly. 55.31% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to generate approximately $47,700 per year, which is 15% above the national median.

Moon Township, PA

www.rmu.edu

B-

Rating

84%

Acceptance

5,514

Students

#612

Ranking

$29,930

Tuition

California State University-Northridge

#7 Best Colleges for Manufacturing Engineering

California State University-Northridge is a very large public college located in Northridge, CA ranked 63rd in California. It has a total of 37,218 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 59.34% of applicants. California State University-Northridge offers 152 different majors and is best known for its Health and Fitness, Human Sciences, and Radio, Television, and Digital Communication programs (nationally ranked 4th, 6th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,742 for in-state students and $17,622 for those from out-of-state, California State University-Northridge is moderately priced. 59.84% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to make approximately $45,400 per year, which is 9% above the national median.

Northridge, CA

https://www.csun.edu

B-

Rating

59%

Acceptance

43,348

Students

#628

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

Arizona State University-Polytechnic

#8 Best Colleges for Manufacturing Engineering

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

Western Washington University

#9 Best Colleges for Manufacturing Engineering

Western Washington University is a large public college located in Bellingham, WA ranked 13th in Washington. It has a total of 16,762 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 90.38% of applicants. Western Washington University offers 132 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Physical Therapy Studies, Science Teacher Education, and Biology Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 4th, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,215 for students from Washington and $23,562 for those from out-of-state, Western Washington University is somewhat moderately costly. 67.06% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn more or less $45,800 per year, which is 10% above the national median.

Bellingham, WA

www.wwu.edu

B-

Rating

90%

Acceptance

17,966

Students

#617

Ranking

$23,562

Tuition

Miami University-Oxford

#10 Best Colleges for Manufacturing Engineering

Miami University-Oxford is a large public university located in Oxford, OH ranked 11th in Ohio. It has a total of 18,631 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 80.39% of applicants. Miami University-Oxford offers 220 different majors and is best known for its Chemistry Teacher Education, Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing, and Gerontology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,879 for in-state students and $32,905 for those from out-of-state, Miami University-Oxford is somewhat moderately pricey. 48.98% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to make close to $47,100 per year, which is 13% above the national median.

Oxford, OH

miamioh.edu

B+

Rating

80%

Acceptance

22,010

Students

#374

Ranking

$32,905

Tuition

Oregon State University

#11 Best Colleges for Manufacturing Engineering

Oregon State University is a very large public university located in Corvallis, OR ranked 9th in Oregon. It has a total of 31,233 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting a little shy of 5/6 of applicants. Oregon State University offers 265 different majors and is best known for its Natural Resources Management and Policy, Construction Engineering, and Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,846 for in-state students and $29,346 for those from out-of-state, Oregon State University is somewhat moderately expensive. 56.12% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring in near $49,600 per year, which is 19% greater than the national median.

Corvallis, OR

https://oregonstate.edu

B

Rating

82%

Acceptance

38,110

Students

#453

Ranking

$29,346

Tuition

Georgia Southern University

#12 Best Colleges for Manufacturing Engineering

Georgia Southern University is a very large public college located in Statesboro, GA ranked 13th in Georgia. It has a total of 26,545 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 54.47% of applicants. Georgia Southern University offers 203 different majors and is best known for its Radiation Therapy, Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management, and Physical Therapy programs (nationally ranked 1st, 4th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,371 for students from Georgia and $15,426 for those from out-of-state, Georgia Southern University is reasonably priced. 44.77% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to generate near $41,900 per year, which is 1% over the national median.

Statesboro, GA

www.georgiasouthern.edu

C+

Rating

54%

Acceptance

30,628

Students

#706

Ranking

$15,426

Tuition

Dunwoody College of Technology

#13 Best Colleges for Manufacturing Engineering

Dunwoody College of Technology is a small private associates college located in Minneapolis, MN ranked 28th in Minnesota. It has a total of 1,510 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 96.88% of applicants. Dunwoody College of Technology offers 39 different majors and is best known for its Manufacturing Engineering, Computer Systems Analysis, and Construction Management programs (nationally ranked 13th, 16th, and 28th respectively). With an annual tuition of $21,394 per year, Dunwoody College of Technology is reasonably high-priced. 53.84% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring in about $52,800 per year, which is 27% greater than the national median.

Minneapolis, MN

www.dunwoody.edu

C+

Rating

97%

Acceptance

1,510

Students

#1164

Ranking

$21,394

Tuition

University of Wisconsin-Stout

#14 Best Colleges for Manufacturing Engineering

University of Wisconsin-Stout is a mid-sized public college located in Menomonie, WI ranked 29th in Wisconsin. It has a total of 8,454 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 90.54% acceptance rate. University of Wisconsin-Stout offers 86 different majors and is best known for its Technical Teacher Education, Technology Teacher Education, and Manufacturing Engineering programs (nationally ranked 8th, 10th, and 14th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,014 for in-state students and $14,981 for those from out-of-state, University of Wisconsin-Stout is moderately priced. 54.82% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring home about $45,100 per year, which is 9% greater than the national median.

Menomonie, WI

www.uwstout.edu

C

Rating

91%

Acceptance

10,113

Students

#1337

Ranking

$14,981

Tuition

Texas State University

#15 Best Colleges for Manufacturing Engineering

Texas State University is a very large public college located in San Marcos, TX ranked 31st in Texas. It has a total of 37,378 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 81.13% acceptance rate. Texas State University offers 204 different majors and is best known for its Manufacturing Engineering, Family and Consumer Economics, and Recording Arts Technology programs (nationally ranked 15th, 18th, and 19th respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,052 for students from Texas and $19,868 for those from out-of-state, Texas State University is moderately priced. 57.03% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to draw near $45,700 per year, which is 10% greater than the national median.

San Marcos, TX

www.txstate.edu

C+

Rating

81%

Acceptance

42,780

Students

#814

Ranking

$19,868

Tuition

Ferris State University

#16 Best Colleges for Manufacturing Engineering

Ferris State University is a large public institution located in Big Rapids, MI ranked 39th in Michigan. It has a total of 14,170 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 86.64% acceptance rate. Ferris State University offers 231 different majors and is best known for its Metal and Jewelry Arts, Mechanic and Repair Technologies, and Drawing programs (nationally ranked 7th, 8th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,068 per year, Ferris State University is pretty inexpensive. 48.78% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to earn more or less $44,500 per year, which is 7% over the national median.

Big Rapids, MI

www.ferris.edu/

C

Rating

87%

Acceptance

15,739

Students

#1421

Ranking

$12,068

Tuition

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

#17 Best Colleges for Manufacturing Engineering

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is a very large public college located in Edinburg, TX ranked 63rd in Texas. It has a total of 28,355 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 80.16% acceptance rate. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley offers 130 different majors and is best known for its Manufacturing Engineering, Hispanic-American Studies, and Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography programs (nationally ranked 17th, 21st, and 47th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,664 for students from Texas and $16,792 for those from out-of-state, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is moderately priced. 48.91% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, joining the workforce. After finishing college, alumni go on to generate more or less $41,900 per year, which is 1% above the national median.

Edinburg, TX

www.utrgv.edu

C

Rating

80%

Acceptance

33,766

Students

#1328

Ranking

$16,792

Tuition

Grand Valley State University

#18 Best Colleges for Manufacturing Engineering

Grand Valley State University is a very large public college located in Allendale, MI ranked 18th in Michigan. It has a total of 23,713 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting practically five sixths of applicants. Grand Valley State University offers 133 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Medical Studies, Quality Control and Safety Technologies, and Manufacturing Engineering programs (nationally ranked 12th, 16th, and 18th respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,860 for in-state students and $18,296 for those from out-of-state, Grand Valley State University is reasonably priced. 59.2% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to make about $42,800 per year, which is 3% over the national median.

Allendale, MI

www.gvsu.edu

C+

Rating

83%

Acceptance

27,752

Students

#869

Ranking

$18,296

Tuition

Saint Cloud State University

#20 Best Colleges for Manufacturing Engineering

Saint Cloud State University is a large public institution located in Saint Cloud, MN ranked 33rd in Minnesota. It has a total of 13,967 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 90.04% of applicants. Saint Cloud State University offers 208 different majors and is best known for its Biology Teacher Education, Spanish Language Teacher Education, and Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling programs (nationally ranked 7th, 13th, and 18th respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,394 for students from Minnesota and $15,686 for those from out-of-state, Saint Cloud State University is moderately priced. 44.41% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring in roughly $44,200 per year, which is 6% over the national median.

Saint Cloud, MN

www.stcloudstate.edu

C

Rating

90%

Acceptance

16,326

Students

#1509

Ranking

$15,686

Tuition

Virginia State University

#21 Best Colleges for Manufacturing Engineering

Virginia State University is a small historically black public institution located in Petersburg, VA ranked 50th in Virginia. It has a total of 4,361 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 95.05% of applicants. Virginia State University offers 52 different majors and is best known for its Family and Consumer Economics and Manufacturing Engineering programs, which are respectively ranked 19th and 21st in the US. With an annual tuition of $5,540 for in-state students and $16,542 for those from out-of-state, Virginia State University is moderately priced. 40.66% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to draw approximately $35,200 per year, which is 15% below the national median.

Petersburg, VA

www.vsu.edu

D+

Rating

95%

Acceptance

4,836

Students

#2388

Ranking

$16,542

Tuition