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2022 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

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37,343

Graduates Per Year

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$61K

Average Salary

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#16

Most Popular Major

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TOP

25

Popularity

Very Popular

37,343

507% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

372

94% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

15

Economics

40,355

16

Mechanical Engineering

37,343

17

Computer and Information Sciences

36,674

Cost

Expensive

$49,183

54% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

50

Computer and Information Sciences

$49,195

51

Mechanical Engineering

$49,183

52

Liberal Arts and Sciences

$48,615

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25

Salary

Very High Salary

$66,370

72% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

17

Computer Engineering

$66,444

18

Mechanical Engineering

$66,370

19

Engineering

$65,881

Professors

Very Bad

3.6/5

10% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

310

Fitness Administration

311

Mechanical Engineering

312

Electrical Engineering Technologies

Students

Diverse

3.9/5

7.31% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

157

Musicology and Ethnomusicology

158

Mechanical Engineering

159

Applied Psychology

SUMMARY

Choosing to study Mechanical Engineering is a valuable choice and generally a necessary first step for undergraduates planning to enter a career as a mechanical design engineer, a product development engineer, or a senior mechanical engineer. Interestingly, mechanical engineering is a very popular major choice, coming in at the 16th most popular area of study. Last year, there were 37,343 mechanical engineering degrees conferred. In-state tuition for mechanical engineering at private schools is, on average, 4 times more expensive than their public counterparts.

There are 372 colleges that offer mechanical engineering. 372 institutions is fairly average in terms of the number of institutions which offer each degree. If you are hoping to surround yourself with other mechanical engineering majors, look at universities in California which have the most undergraduates admitted to mechanical engineering annually. More generally, the best region to get a degree in mechanical engineering is in the Southeast region with University of Central Florida, Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the best conference to study mechanical engineering is the Big Ten Conference with University of Maryland-College Park, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus, and Purdue University-Main Campus representing the conference. On that topic, our choice for the best school for mechanical engineering is Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and here you can find our comprehensive list for the best colleges.

The objectively 'best' school might not actually be the 'best' school for you. There might be lots of facets to weigh when selecting ​university. Features such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food would definitely alter your choice of where to go to university. Here at authority.org, we have examined the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are interested in which mechanical engineering school has the top college campus, the answer is Northeastern University. If you are very interested in which school boasts the finest campus, then we have an entire list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through student reviews, professor reviews, government databases, and more to evaluate every U.S. major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our comprehensive list for the schools with the best student life and, from that list, our pick for the college with the best student life for mechanical engineering is Cornell University. Are you curious why? Continue reading to find out more about our top choices. Some of our conclusions just might shock you.

If expense is a major deciding factor in your decision on where to go to university, you might consider avoiding Cornell University. Cornell University is the most expensive school for mechanical engineering, at least for out of state enrollment. That being said, we have an entire page for the most expensive universities that might put the expense of Cornell University into perspective. Additionally, you could be interested to know that mechanical engineering is the 51st most expensive degree in the nation, with an average cost of $49,200. To zoom out a little, the most expensive state for mechanical engineering on our list is Massachusetts with tuition and fees at the primary three institutions Boston University at $54,720, Massachusetts Institute of Technology of $53,450, and tuition and fees at Tufts University of $53,450. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region for mechanical engineering is the New England region which is best demonstrated with Yale University with a cost of $55,500, Boston University with a cost of $54,720, and Tufts University with a cost of $57,324.

Our cheapest region for mechanical engineering is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Brigham Young University-Idaho with a cost of $4,208, Brigham Young University-Provo with a cost of $5,790, and University of Wyoming with a cost of $13,392. On the bright side, the most affordable college for mechanical engineering is University of Florida. Authority's entire list of the most affordable universities can be explored here.

In-state attendees can anticipate paying in the neighborhood of $10,600 for a degree in mechanical engineering. That cost balloons substantially to an average of $25,400 for an out-of-state public-school undergraduate. As such, you might be interested in our selection for the college with the best value for mechanical engineering: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. On this page you can find our comprehensive list of the colleges we believe to be the best value overall. With that said, this discussion is predicated on out-of-state tuition costs. The value proposition changes when it comes to in-state tuition, but we do not know where you live (and are not trying to collect that kind of data).

Earnings for mechanical engineering majors differ widely, but within two-years of graduation graduates will often earn around $60,900. While there can be a lot of variation in earnings potential; highest paid earners can make up to $105,000. Even straight out of school, the lowest earning positions within the mechanical engineering field make $36,000, which could be worse. The highest earning graduates for mechanical engineering studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and if you want to find the colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The overall diversity of mechanical engineering stands solid, ranking in the 60th percentile of all majors. The school with the highest composite diversity for mechanical engineering is Massachusetts Institute of Technology and here you can find our general list for the universities which have the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of Mechanical Engineering stands only in the 30th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is actually greater, in the 62nd percentile. White collegians compose the largest proportion at 55% of scholars studying mechanical engineering. Additionally, 82% of students seeking a mechanical engineering major are men.

The median ranking for mechanical engineering's professors is 3.6 stars, which is 10% below the median score across all majors; which is a subpar ranking. If you want to find the most popular mechanical engineering instructor in the country, take a look at Trivikrama Pala from New Jersey Institute of Technology. It might come as a shock, but the top ranked mechanical engineering professors according to students come from Concordia University-Chicago. If we incorporate data beyond just rankings we find that the college with the overall best instructors for mechanical engineering is Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You can find more detail on our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, along with many of the best examples of professors in the U.S.

Finally, the most difficult college to get into for mechanical engineering is Stanford University. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we do have a comprehensive page for the hardest colleges to get into. But, we do hope you understand that looking at the education process from context primarily informed by superlatives can create issues. We at Authority encourage you to explore our more focused pages on different universities and explore a few of our helpful background articles on important details to look for as you continue your college search.

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Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

#1 Best Colleges for Mechanical 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

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

#2 Best Colleges for Mechanical 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

Stanford University

#3 Best Colleges for Mechanical 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

Colorado School of Mines

#4 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

Colorado School of Mines is a mid-sized public school of engineering and technology located in Golden, CO ranked 113th in the nation. It has a total of 5,116 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 53.08% acceptance rate. Colorado School of Mines offers 77 different majors and is best known for its Geological Engineering, Applied Physics, and Petroleum Engineering programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $16,650 for in-state students and $37,350 for those from out-of-state, Colorado School of Mines is quite costly. 78.76% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to earn about $84,900 per year, which is 104% greater than the national median.

Golden, CO

www.mines.edu

A

Rating

53%

Acceptance

6,639

Students

#113

Ranking

$37,350

Tuition

Michigan Technological University

#5 Best Colleges for Mechanical 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 Michigan-Ann Arbor

#6 Best Colleges for Mechanical 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

Stevens Institute of Technology

#7 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

Stevens Institute of Technology is a mid-sized private university located in Hoboken, NJ ranked 65th in the nation. It has a total of 3,462 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting 39.96% of applicants. Stevens Institute of Technology offers 133 different majors and is best known for its Computer Engineering, Financial Mathematics, and Music Technology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $52,134 per year, Stevens Institute of Technology is extremely pricey. 77.16% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to make near $89,200 per year, which is 115% over the national median.

Hoboken, NJ

www.stevens.edu

A+

Rating

40%

Acceptance

7,990

Students

#65

Ranking

$52,134

Tuition

Purdue University-Main Campus

#8 Best Colleges for Mechanical 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

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

#9 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a mid-sized private university located in Worcester, MA ranked 89th in the nation. It has a total of 4,879 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 49.37% acceptance rate. Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers 116 different majors and is best known for its Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering, Game and Interactive Media Design, and Engineering programs (nationally ranked 1st, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $51,604 per year, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is very pricey. 85.88% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make more or less $84,900 per year, which is 104% over the national median.

Worcester, MA

https://www.wpi.edu/

A+

Rating

49%

Acceptance

7,505

Students

#89

Ranking

$51,604

Tuition

Carnegie Mellon University

#10 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University is a large private university located in Pittsburgh, PA ranked 21st in the nation. It has a total of 7,068 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting hardly above 1/7 of applicants. Carnegie Mellon University offers 321 different majors and is best known for its Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Statistics, and Information Technology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $55,816 per year, Carnegie Mellon University is extremely high-priced. 78.26% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to earn around $83,600 per year, which is 101% over the national median.

Pittsburgh, PA

www.cmu.edu/

A+

Rating

15%

Acceptance

15,143

Students

#21

Ranking

$55,816

Tuition

Texas A & M University-College Station

#11 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

Texas A & M University-College Station is a very large public university located in College Station, TX ranked 124th in America. It has a total of 56,527 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting something like four sevenths of applicants. Texas A & M University-College Station offers 409 different majors and is best known for its Construction Engineering Technology, Fitness Administration, and Petroleum Engineering programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $8,532 for students from Texas and $34,981 for those from out-of-state, Texas A & M University-College Station is somewhat moderately pricey. 76.91% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring in about $58,000 per year, which is 40% over the national median.

College Station, TX

https://www.tamu.edu

A

Rating

58%

Acceptance

73,267

Students

#124

Ranking

$34,981

Tuition

University of Florida

#12 Best Colleges for Mechanical 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

University of Maryland-College Park

#13 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

University of Maryland-College Park is a very large public university located in College Park, MD ranked 100th in America. It has a total of 33,022 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 44.18% of applicants. University of Maryland-College Park offers 432 different majors and is best known for its Criminology, Preschool Education and Teaching, and Family and Community Services programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,824 for students from Maryland and $34,936 for those from out-of-state, University of Maryland-College Park is somewhat moderately pricey. 75.08% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, joining the labor market. After graduation, alumni go on to make around $62,900 per year, which is 51% greater than the national median.

College Park, MD

www.umd.edu

A

Rating

44%

Acceptance

44,486

Students

#100

Ranking

$34,936

Tuition

Northeastern University

#14 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

Northeastern University is a very large private university located in Boston, MA ranked 36th in the United States. It has a total of 18,753 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, with a 18.05% acceptance rate. Northeastern University offers 186 different majors and is best known for its Human Services, Physical Therapy, and Data Modeling and Database Administration programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $52,420 per year, Northeastern University is very expensive. 73.11% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to take in approximately $67,400 per year, which is 62% greater than the national median.

Boston, MA

www.northeastern.edu

A+

Rating

18%

Acceptance

28,374

Students

#36

Ranking

$52,420

Tuition

Cornell University

#15 Best Colleges for Mechanical 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 California-Berkeley

#16 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

University of California-Berkeley is a very large public university located in Berkeley, CA ranked 68th in the United States. It has a total of 32,700 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 16.25% of applicants. University of California-Berkeley offers 315 different majors and is best known for its Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Natural Resources and Conservation, and Environmental Studies 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-Berkeley is rather costly. 58.68% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. After finishing college, alumni go on to take home roughly $64,700 per year, which is 56% above the national median.

Berkeley, CA

www.berkeley.edu

A+

Rating

16%

Acceptance

45,183

Students

#68

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

#17 Best Colleges for Mechanical 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

Princeton University

#18 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

Princeton University is a mid-sized private university located in Princeton, NJ ranked 5th in the nation. It has a total of 5,535 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting 5.78% of applicants. Princeton University offers 125 different majors and is best known for its Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biology, and Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $51,870 per year, Princeton University is extremely costly. 88.56% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn more or less $74,700 per year, which is 80% greater than the national median.

Princeton, NJ

www.princeton.edu

A+

Rating

6%

Acceptance

8,720

Students

#5

Ranking

$51,870

Tuition

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

#19 Best Colleges for Mechanical 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

#20 Best Colleges for Mechanical 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

The University of Texas at Austin

#21 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

The University of Texas at Austin is a very large public university located in Austin, TX ranked 81st in America. It has a total of 43,132 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting barely below 1 out of every 3 applicants. The University of Texas at Austin offers 339 different majors and is best known for its Communication Sciences and Disorders, Writing, and Accounting programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,824 for students from Texas and $38,326 for those from out-of-state, The University of Texas at Austin is quite expensive. 77.77% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to earn more or less $58,200 per year, which is 40% above the national median.

Austin, TX

www.utexas.edu

A+

Rating

32%

Acceptance

55,128

Students

#81

Ranking

$38,326

Tuition

Duke University

#22 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

Duke University is a large private university located in Durham, NC ranked 6th in America. It has a total of 7,338 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, with a 7.6% acceptance rate. Duke University offers 242 different majors and is best known for its Public Policy Analysis, Computer Engineering, and Education programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $55,880 per year, Duke University is very expensive. 94.41% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn close to $84,400 per year, which is 103% above the national median.

Durham, NC

WWW.DUKE.EDU

A+

Rating

8%

Acceptance

18,159

Students

#6

Ranking

$55,880

Tuition

University of Pennsylvania

#23 Best Colleges for Mechanical 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

Kettering University

#24 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

Kettering University is a small private school of engineering and technology located in Flint, MI ranked 9th in Michigan. It has a total of 2,085 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 72.99% of applicants. Kettering University offers 26 different majors and is best known for its Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering programs, which are respectively ranked 24th and 34th in the nation. With an annual tuition of $44,380 per year, Kettering University is quite pricey. 43.26% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to take in about $80,500 per year, which is 94% greater than the national median.

Flint, MI

https://www.kettering.edu/

B+

Rating

73%

Acceptance

2,734

Students

#412

Ranking

$44,380

Tuition

California Institute of Technology

#25 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

California Institute of Technology is a small private university located in Pasadena, CA ranked 19th in the United States. It has a total of 989 full-time undergraduate students and is highly competitive, accepting slightly north of 1 in 20 applicants. California Institute of Technology offers 93 different majors and is best known for its Computational Mathematics, Astrophysics, and Physics programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $52,506 per year, California Institute of Technology is very expensive. After college, alumni go on to take home near $85,900 per year, which is 107% over the national median.

Pasadena, CA

www.caltech.edu

A+

Rating

6%

Acceptance

2,334

Students

#19

Ranking

$52,506

Tuition