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2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

There are about 6,062 students enrolled in Materials Engineering in the USA.

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popularity

Average

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

3,625

Vs. National Avg.

-77%

popularity Rank

#172

cost

Somewhat Expensive

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$34K

Vs. National Avg.

42%

cost Rank

#73

salary

High Paying

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$55K

Vs. National Avg.

37%

salary Rank

#7

professors

Very Good

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

B

Vs. National Avg.

35%

professors Rank

#8

students

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

8%

students Rank

#100

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&nbsphere 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&nbspis the most expensive school for materials engineering, at least for out of state students. We do have a page for the most expensive&nbspuniversities that could put the cost of Cornell University&nbspinto 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&nbspin 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&nbspand 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&nbspand 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.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

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Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA | web.mit.edu/

7%

Acceptance

12,195

Students

#1

Ranking

$53K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Stanford University

Stanford, CA | www.stanford.edu/

5%

Acceptance

20,961

Students

#2

Ranking

$56K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Rice University

Houston, TX | www.rice.edu/

11%

Acceptance

8,005

Students

#22

Ranking

$51K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI | https://umich.edu/

26%

Acceptance

49,530

Students

#33

Ranking

$52K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA | www.caltech.edu/

7%

Acceptance

2,319

Students

#9

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL | www.northwestern.edu/

9%

Acceptance

25,870

Students

#12

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA | www.upenn.edu/

9%

Acceptance

30,688

Students

#7

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY | www.columbia.edu/

7%

Acceptance

33,882

Students

#10

Ranking

$62K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA | www.cmu.edu/

17%

Acceptance

15,567

Students

#21

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD | www.jhu.edu/

11%

Acceptance

34,250

Students

#4

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

University of California-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA | www.ucla.edu/

14%

Acceptance

46,947

Students

#50

Ranking

$43K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY | www.cornell.edu/

11%

Acceptance

24,594

Students

#14

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL | www.ufl.edu/

31%

Acceptance

58,857

Students

#76

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA | www.lehigh.edu/

50%

Acceptance

7,445

Students

#59

Ranking

$55K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

University of California-Irvine

Irvine, CA | www.uci.edu/

30%

Acceptance

39,059

Students

#77

Ranking

$44K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, IL | www.illinois.edu/

63%

Acceptance

57,324

Students

#125

Ranking

$33K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Seattle, WA | www.washington.edu/

56%

Acceptance

56,554

Students

#108

Ranking

$39K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

Atlanta, GA | www.gatech.edu/

21%

Acceptance

43,217

Students

#42

Ranking

$34K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Purdue University-Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN | https://www.purdue.edu/

67%

Acceptance

49,027

Students

#129

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI | www.wisc.edu/

57%

Acceptance

47,831

Students

#101

Ranking

$39K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, VA | www.vt.edu/

66%

Acceptance

38,350

Students

#130

Ranking

$33K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH | www.case.edu/

30%

Acceptance

12,298

Students

#49

Ranking

$53K

Tuition

A

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

Ohio State University-Main Campus

Columbus, OH | www.osu.edu/

68%

Acceptance

66,017

Students

#194

Ranking

$34K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, NC | www.ncsu.edu/

46%

Acceptance

40,537

Students

#136

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Materials Engineering

University of California-Davis

Davis, CA | ucdavis.edu/

46%

Acceptance

41,236

Students

#96

Ranking

$44K

Tuition

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