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2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

There are about 102,231 students enrolled in Mechanical Engineering in the USA.

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popularity

Very Popular

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

49,257

Vs. National Avg.

212%

popularity Rank

#30

cost

Average

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$29K

Vs. National Avg.

20%

cost Rank

#150

salary

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$48K

Vs. National Avg.

19%

salary Rank

#90

professors

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

18%

professors Rank

#89

students

Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

3%

students Rank

#176

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&nbspand, 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&nbspis 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&nbspuniversities that might put the expense of Cornell University&nbspinto 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&nbspoverall. 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&nbspand 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&nbspand 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.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

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Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

Stanford University

Stanford, CA | www.stanford.edu/

5%

Acceptance

20,961

Students

#2

Ranking

$56K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA | web.mit.edu/

7%

Acceptance

12,195

Students

#1

Ranking

$53K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

Yale University

New Haven, CT | https://www.yale.edu/

7%

Acceptance

14,910

Students

#8

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

Rice University

Houston, TX | www.rice.edu/

11%

Acceptance

8,005

Students

#22

Ranking

$51K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ | www.princeton.edu/

6%

Acceptance

8,532

Students

#5

Ranking

$49K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

Duke University

Durham, NC | www.duke.edu/

8%

Acceptance

17,855

Students

#6

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical 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 Mechanical Engineering

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA | www.harvard.edu/

5%

Acceptance

41,024

Students

#3

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA | www.caltech.edu/

7%

Acceptance

2,319

Students

#9

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical 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

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN | www.vanderbilt.edu/

12%

Acceptance

13,918

Students

#17

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA | www.cmu.edu/

17%

Acceptance

15,567

Students

#21

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, MO | www.wustl.edu/

16%

Acceptance

17,893

Students

#18

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY | www.cornell.edu/

11%

Acceptance

24,594

Students

#14

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

University of Virginia-Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA | https://www.virginia.edu/

23%

Acceptance

29,237

Students

#38

Ranking

$53K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL | www.northwestern.edu/

9%

Acceptance

25,870

Students

#12

Ranking

$59K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN | www.nd.edu/

19%

Acceptance

13,268

Students

#16

Ranking

$58K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD | www.jhu.edu/

11%

Acceptance

34,250

Students

#4

Ranking

$54K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

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

26%

Acceptance

49,530

Students

#33

Ranking

$52K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

Tufts University

Medford, MA | https://www.tufts.edu/

16%

Acceptance

13,458

Students

#37

Ranking

$61K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

University of California-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA | www.ucla.edu/

14%

Acceptance

46,947

Students

#50

Ranking

$43K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

United States Military Academy

West Point, NY | www.westpoint.edu/

9%

Acceptance

4,503

Students

#103

Ranking

$0

Tuition

A+

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL | www.ufl.edu/

31%

Acceptance

58,857

Students

#76

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA | www.usc.edu/

16%

Acceptance

52,376

Students

#28

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

Atlanta, GA | www.gatech.edu/

21%

Acceptance

43,217

Students

#42

Ranking

$34K

Tuition

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