Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

1,554

Graduates Per Year

$63K

Average Salary

#174

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Average Popularity

1,554

75% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

55

71% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

173

Computer Programming

1,560

174

Materials Engineering

1,554

175

Music Management

1,533

Cost

Somewhat Expensive

$33,208

4% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

153

Accounting and Finance

$33,280

154

Materials Engineering

$33,208

155

Developmental and Child Psychology

$33,184

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TOP

25

Salary

Very High Salary

$65,023

68% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

22

Construction Management

$65,334

23

Materials Engineering

$65,023

24

Quality Control and Safety Technologies

$63,588

Professors

Students

Diverse

4.2/5

14.35% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

90

Criminology

91

Materials Engineering

92

Political Science and Government

SUMMARY

Going to school for Materials Engineering is not only a valuable choice, but generally an essential first step for scholars trying to begin a career as a failure analysis engineer, a materials process engineer, or a metallurgical engineer. Interestingly, materials engineering is a very rare major ranking as the 174th most popular area of study. Last academic year alone, there were 1,554 materials engineering degrees conferred. In-state tuition for materials engineering at private colleges is, on average, 4.5 times more costly than their public fellows.

With just 55 schools offering materials engineering you might have a smaller selection of institutions that will have an option for you. If you're looking to immerse yourself with other materials engineering undergraduates, look at institutions in California which have more undergrads admitted to materials engineering than any other state. More generally, the top region to major in materials engineering is in the Great Lakes region with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Purdue University-Main Campus best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick of the best conference to major in materials engineering is the Big Ten Conference with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Purdue University-Main Campus representing the conference. That being said, our choice for the best college for materials engineering is Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You may also want to check out our list of best colleges.

The best school is not necessarily the best school for you. There are a bunch of facets to weigh when choosing school. Features such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food could definitely impact your feelings of where to go to university. At authority.org, we've examined the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are intrigued by which materials engineering university has the top campus, the answer is Stanford University. If you are very interested in which school boasts the best campus, we have a whole list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, professor reviews, student reviews, and more in order to compare every U.S. major in an unbiased and informative way. You can explore our comprehensive list for the schools with the best student life here and, from that list, our choice for the university with the best student life for materials engineering is Cornell University. Curious why? Continue scrolling to learn more about our top recommendations. Some of our picks might shock you.

If price is a primary influence in your decisions, you might consider avoiding Cornell University. Cornell University is the most expensive school for materials engineering, at least for out of state students. We do have a page for the most expensive universities that could put the cost of Cornell University into perspective. For more context, you could want to know that materials engineering is the 154th most expensive program in the nation, with an average associated cost of $33,200. To zoom out a little, the most costly state for materials engineering in the nation is Massachusetts with costs at the main university, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, of $53,450. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region for materials engineering is the Mid East region which is best demonstrated with Johns Hopkins University with a cost of $55,350, Cornell University with a cost of $56,550, and Lehigh University with a cost of $54,790.

Our cheapest region for materials engineering is the Plains region which is represented by Iowa State University with a cost of $23,230, Winona State University with a cost of $13,698, and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a cost of $31,616. More optimistically, the most affordable school for materials engineering is University of Florida. Authority.org's comprehensive list of the most affordable schools can be explored here.

In-state students can expect to pay in the neighborhood of $11,800 for a degree in materials engineering. That price swells by a lot to a median of $31,600 for an out-of-state public-school student. On that note, our selection for the college with the best value for materials engineering: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Through this link you can see our comprehensive list about the universities we believe to be the best value in general. Do know, this list is predicated on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when it comes to in-state tuition, but we do not know in which states any one student has residency.

Earnings for materials engineering students can vary, but within two-years of graduation graduates will regularly make around $63,200. There can be a lot of variation in pay; top earners can make up to $106,500. Right out of university, the lowest earning jobs within the materials engineering field make $37,100, which isn't that bad. The highest earning graduates from materials engineering attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology and if you want to find the schools with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The all-around diversity of materials engineering ranks quite high, coming in the 77th percentile of all majors. The college with the most composite diversity for materials engineering is Massachusetts Institute of Technology and here you can find our comprehensive list of the colleges which have the most diversity. The financial diversity of the Materials Engineering major ranks only in the 75th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is greater than financial diversity, in the 76th percentile. White students compose the largest share at 48% of students majoring in materials engineering. Additionally, 68% of scholars pursuing a materials engineering degree are men.

We have insufficient professors data for materials engineering to make the conclusions we normally would have made in this sentence. As we including data other than basic rankings it becomes clear that the school possessing the overall best professors for materials engineering is Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You can find more detail on our evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, along with some of the best examples of professors in the country.

Finally, the hardest university to get into for materials engineering is Stanford University. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we do have a comprehensive page for the hardest colleges to get into. But, here at Authority we hope you understand that looking at higher education through a lens mainly shaped by superlatives could be said to be the root of many of higher education's fundamental problems. We at Authority hope you read our other pages on different universities and read a couple of our background articles on essential details to look out for as you progress with your university search.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

#1 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a large private university located in Cambridge, MA ranked 1st in the US. It has a total of 4,698 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 6.7% of applicants. Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers 114 different majors and is best known for its Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $53,450 per year, Massachusetts Institute of Technology is extremely expensive. 90% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to generate near $104,700 per year, which is 152% greater than the national median.

Cambridge, MA

web.mit.edu/

A+

Rating

7%

Acceptance

12,321

Students

#1

Ranking

$53,450

Tuition

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

#2 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Atlanta, GA ranked 49th in the US. It has a total of 17,400 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting 20.58% of applicants. Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus offers 127 different majors and is best known for its Engineering, Computer and Information Sciences, and Mechanical Engineering programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $10,258 for in-state students and $31,370 for those from out-of-state, Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus is reasonably high-priced. 78.03% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to take in approximately $79,100 per year, which is 90% greater than the national median.

Atlanta, GA

www.gatech.edu

A+

Rating

21%

Acceptance

38,951

Students

#49

Ranking

$31,370

Tuition

Stanford University

#3 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Stanford University is a large private university located in Stanford, CA ranked 2nd in the nation. It has a total of 8,290 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 4.34% of applicants. Stanford University offers 227 different majors and is best known for its Human Biology, Industrial Management, and Earth Sciences programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $52,857 per year, Stanford University is exceptionally pricey. 89.2% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to make roughly $94,000 per year, which is 126% above the national median.

Stanford, CA

www.stanford.edu/

A+

Rating

4%

Acceptance

20,993

Students

#2

Ranking

$52,857

Tuition

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

#4 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a very large public university located in Champaign, IL ranked 117th in the US. It has a total of 35,883 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting nearly three out of every five applicants. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers 372 different majors and is best known for its Civil Engineering, Food Science, and Architectural Technology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $12,036 for in-state students and $29,178 for those from out-of-state, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is reasonably costly. 80.23% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to draw about $61,500 per year, which is 48% greater than the national median.

Champaign, IL

www.illinois.edu/

A

Rating

59%

Acceptance

54,985

Students

#117

Ranking

$29,178

Tuition

University of Florida

#5 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

University of Florida is a very large public university located in Gainesville, FL ranked 78th in America. It has a total of 38,645 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting just under 3 in every 8 applicants. University of Florida offers 433 different majors and is best known for its Exercise Physiology, Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, and Family and Community Services programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $4,477 for in-state students and $25,694 for those from out-of-state, University of Florida is somewhat moderately pricey. 85.38% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make more or less $56,000 per year, which is 35% above the national median.

Gainesville, FL

www.ufl.edu/

A+

Rating

37%

Acceptance

58,749

Students

#78

Ranking

$25,694

Tuition

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

#6 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is a very large public university located in Blacksburg, VA ranked 136th in the nation. It has a total of 28,939 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting roughly 7 out of every 10 applicants. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University offers 242 different majors and is best known for its Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services, Foreign Languages and Literatures, and Management Science programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,420 for in-state students and $29,960 for those from out-of-state, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is somewhat moderately expensive. 80.79% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take in more or less $62,500 per year, which is 50% greater than the national median.

Blacksburg, VA

WWW.VT.EDU

A

Rating

70%

Acceptance

36,882

Students

#136

Ranking

$29,960

Tuition

Johns Hopkins University

#7 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Johns Hopkins University is a very large private university located in Baltimore, MD ranked 7th in the United States. It has a total of 8,185 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting more or less one in every ten applicants. Johns Hopkins University offers 362 different majors and is best known for its Public Health, Neuroscience, and Biophysics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $55,350 per year, Johns Hopkins University is very expensive. 83.58% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn more or less $73,200 per year, which is 76% over the national median.

Baltimore, MD

www.jhu.edu

A+

Rating

11%

Acceptance

33,543

Students

#7

Ranking

$55,350

Tuition

Northwestern University

#8 Best Colleges for Materials 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

Cornell University

#9 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Cornell University is a very large private university located in Ithaca, NY ranked 11th in America. It has a total of 15,464 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 10.85% of applicants. Cornell University offers 323 different majors and is best known for its Human Resources, Agricultural Business and Management, and Agriculture programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $56,550 per year, Cornell University is very high-priced. 89.35% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to take home roughly $77,200 per year, which is 86% above the national median.

Ithaca, NY

www.cornell.edu

A+

Rating

11%

Acceptance

24,189

Students

#11

Ranking

$56,550

Tuition

University of Pennsylvania

#10 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

University of Pennsylvania is a very large private university located in Philadelphia, PA ranked 8th in the US. It has a total of 14,000 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 7.66% acceptance rate. University of Pennsylvania offers 355 different majors and is best known for its Finance, Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, and Philosophy programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $51,156 per year, University of Pennsylvania is exceptionally pricey. 81.13% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn more or less $85,900 per year, which is 107% greater than the national median.

Philadelphia, PA

www.upenn.edu

A+

Rating

8%

Acceptance

29,813

Students

#8

Ranking

$51,156

Tuition

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

#11 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a mid-sized private university located in Troy, NY ranked 70th in the United States. It has a total of 6,706 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 47.41% acceptance rate. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute offers 145 different majors and is best known for its Computer Engineering Technologies, Game and Interactive Media Design, and Nuclear Engineering programs (nationally ranked 1st, 4th, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $54,000 per year, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is exceptionally expensive. 82.28% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to take home about $82,000 per year, which is 97% greater than the national median.

Troy, NY

www.rpi.edu

A+

Rating

47%

Acceptance

8,156

Students

#70

Ranking

$54,000

Tuition

Purdue University-Main Campus

#12 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Purdue University-Main Campus is a very large public university located in West Lafayette, IN ranked 133rd in America. It has a total of 35,481 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 59.83% acceptance rate. Purdue University-Main Campus offers 382 different majors and is best known for its Engineering Technologies, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Computer Graphics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,208 for students from Indiana and $28,010 for those from out-of-state, Purdue University-Main Campus is reasonably expensive. 69.04% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to take in more or less $55,100 per year, which is 33% greater than the national median.

West Lafayette, IN

https://www.purdue.edu

A

Rating

60%

Acceptance

47,412

Students

#133

Ranking

$28,010

Tuition

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

#13 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

University of Washington-Seattle Campus is a very large public university located in Seattle, WA ranked 110th in the US. It has a total of 39,443 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 51.76% acceptance rate. University of Washington-Seattle Campus offers 687 different majors and is best known for its Informatics, Environmental Science, and Physician Assistant Studies programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $10,370 for in-state students and $37,071 for those from out-of-state, University of Washington-Seattle Campus is quite costly. 77.21% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to make more or less $57,700 per year, which is 39% greater than the national median.

Seattle, WA

www.washington.edu

A

Rating

52%

Acceptance

56,315

Students

#110

Ranking

$37,071

Tuition

University of California-Los Angeles

#14 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

University of California-Los Angeles is a very large public university located in Los Angeles, CA ranked 33rd in America. It has a total of 33,703 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 12.32% of applicants. University of California-Los Angeles offers 333 different majors and is best known for its Psychology, Sociology, and Political Science and Government 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-Los Angeles is quite expensive. 80.62% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn more or less $60,700 per year, which is 46% above the national median.

Los Angeles, CA

www.ucla.edu/

A+

Rating

12%

Acceptance

47,103

Students

#33

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

Lehigh University

#15 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Lehigh University is a mid-sized private university located in Bethlehem, PA ranked 57th in the United States. It has a total of 5,289 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting 32.1% of applicants. Lehigh University offers 187 different majors and is best known for its Industrial Engineering, Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management, and Managerial Economics programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $54,790 per year, Lehigh University is very costly. 83.47% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, entering the labor market. After graduation, alumni go on to make around $81,900 per year, which is 97% over the national median.

Bethlehem, PA

www.lehigh.edu

A+

Rating

32%

Acceptance

7,330

Students

#57

Ranking

$54,790

Tuition

University of Wisconsin-Madison

#16 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

University of Wisconsin-Madison is a very large public university located in Madison, WI ranked 106th in the nation. It has a total of 34,640 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 54.41% of applicants. University of Wisconsin-Madison offers 492 different majors and is best known for its Spanish Language and Literature, Genetics, and French Language and Literature programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,273 for in-state students and $36,333 for those from out-of-state, University of Wisconsin-Madison is rather pricey. 81.28% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to make approximately $56,200 per year, which is 35% greater than the national median.

Madison, WI

www.wisc.edu

A

Rating

54%

Acceptance

47,392

Students

#106

Ranking

$36,333

Tuition

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

#17 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is a very large public university located in Ann Arbor, MI ranked 37th in the nation. It has a total of 31,206 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting more or less 2 in 9 applicants. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor offers 433 different majors and is best known for its Experimental Psychology, Data Modeling and Database Administration, and German Language and Literature programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $15,230 for students from Michigan and $50,872 for those from out-of-state, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is exceptionally pricey. 86.28% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take home more or less $63,400 per year, which is 53% greater than the national median.

Ann Arbor, MI

https://umich.edu/

A+

Rating

23%

Acceptance

48,218

Students

#37

Ranking

$50,872

Tuition

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

#18 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a very large public university located in Raleigh, NC ranked 134th in the nation. It has a total of 28,147 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 45.13% of applicants. North Carolina State University at Raleigh offers 294 different majors and is best known for its Animal Sciences, Forestry, and Botany programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $6,535 for students from North Carolina and $26,654 for those from out-of-state, North Carolina State University at Raleigh is somewhat moderately high-priced. 73.33% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn near $52,500 per year, which is 26% over the national median.

Raleigh, NC

www.ncsu.edu

A

Rating

45%

Acceptance

39,822

Students

#134

Ranking

$26,654

Tuition

Michigan Technological University

#19 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Michigan Technological University is a mid-sized public university located in Houghton, MI ranked 282nd in America. It has a total of 6,081 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 74.31% acceptance rate. Michigan Technological University offers 142 different majors and is best known for its Network and System Administration, Mechanical Engineering, and Geological Engineering programs (nationally ranked 1st, 5th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $15,660 for in-state students and $34,896 for those from out-of-state, Michigan Technological University is somewhat moderately costly. 63.3% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to draw near $66,400 per year, which is 60% above the national median.

Houghton, MI

https://www.mtu.edu

A-

Rating

74%

Acceptance

7,657

Students

#282

Ranking

$34,896

Tuition

University of Connecticut

#20 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

University of Connecticut is a very large public university located in Storrs, CT ranked 130th in America. It has a total of 20,479 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 49.42% of applicants. University of Connecticut offers 376 different majors and is best known for its Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Actuarial Science, and History Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 4th, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $13,798 for in-state students and $36,466 for those from out-of-state, University of Connecticut is quite costly. 72.61% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn around $58,400 per year, which is 41% above the national median.

Storrs, CT

uconn.edu/

A

Rating

49%

Acceptance

29,683

Students

#130

Ranking

$36,466

Tuition

Ohio State University-Main Campus

#21 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Ohio State University-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Columbus, OH ranked 160th in the nation. It has a total of 50,053 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 53.74% of applicants. Ohio State University-Main Campus offers 382 different majors and is best known for its Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Operations Management and Supervision, and Educational Administration and Supervision programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,197 for students from Ohio and $31,174 for those from out-of-state, Ohio State University-Main Campus is somewhat moderately high-priced. 59.09% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to draw close to $46,100 per year, which is 11% over the national median.

Columbus, OH

www.osu.edu/

A

Rating

54%

Acceptance

66,178

Students

#160

Ranking

$31,174

Tuition

Clemson University

#22 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Clemson University is a very large public university located in Clemson, SC ranked 149th in the US. It has a total of 21,504 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 51.26% of applicants. Clemson University offers 249 different majors and is best known for its Science Teacher Education, Food Science, and Agricultural Production Operations programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 5th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $14,118 for in-state students and $37,110 for those from out-of-state, Clemson University is rather high-priced. 75.17% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn around $52,400 per year, which is 26% greater than the national median.

Clemson, SC

www.clemson.edu

A

Rating

51%

Acceptance

28,310

Students

#149

Ranking

$37,110

Tuition

University of California-Irvine

#23 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

University of California-Irvine is a very large public university located in Irvine, CA ranked 116th in the nation. It has a total of 31,386 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 26.54% acceptance rate. University of California-Irvine offers 291 different majors and is best known for its Managerial Economics, Social Psychology, and Criminology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,442 for students from California and $41,196 for those from out-of-state, University of California-Irvine is rather high-priced. 46.45% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, joining the workforce. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home near $58,400 per year, which is 41% above the national median.

Irvine, CA

www.uci.edu/

A

Rating

27%

Acceptance

38,105

Students

#116

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

Case Western Reserve University

#24 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Case Western Reserve University is a large private university located in Cleveland, OH ranked 46th in the nation. It has a total of 5,420 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, accepting 27.36% of applicants. Case Western Reserve University offers 247 different majors and is best known for its Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services, Biochemistry, and Applied Physics programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $50,450 per year, Case Western Reserve University is extremely costly. 80.67% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to make close to $74,600 per year, which is 80% greater than the national median.

Cleveland, OH

www.case.edu

A+

Rating

27%

Acceptance

12,755

Students

#46

Ranking

$50,450

Tuition

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

#25 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is a very large public university located in Minneapolis, MN ranked 137th in the United States. It has a total of 43,828 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 56.74% of applicants. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities offers 520 different majors and is best known for its Computer Systems Analysis, Developmental and Child Psychology, and Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $13,318 for students from Minnesota and $31,616 for those from out-of-state, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is reasonably costly. 73.11% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to take home close to $51,900 per year, which is 25% above the national median.

Minneapolis, MN

https://twin-cities.umn.edu

A

Rating

57%

Acceptance

61,787

Students

#137

Ranking

$31,616

Tuition