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2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

There are about 1,601 students enrolled in Nuclear Engineering in the USA.

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popularity

Not Very Popular

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

944

Vs. National Avg.

-94%

popularity Rank

#291

cost

Somewhat Expensive

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$35K

Vs. National Avg.

43%

cost Rank

#68

salary

High Paying

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$55K

Vs. National Avg.

38%

salary Rank

#5

professors

Very Good

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

B

Vs. National Avg.

37%

professors Rank

#5

students

Above Average

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

B-

Vs. National Avg.

7%

students Rank

#116

SUMMARY

A degree in Nuclear Engineering is not only a valuable choice, but usually a necessary first step for undergrads endeavoring to enter a career as a reactor engineer, a nuclear engineer, or a nuclear medicine technologist. Interestingly, nationally, nuclear engineering is a ​unique degree ranking as the 269th most popular area of study. Last academic year, there were 543 nuclear engineering graduates. In-state tuition for nuclear engineering at private schools is, on average, 4.7 times more spendy than their public equivalents.

With only 22 schools offering nuclear engineering you could have a smaller selection of institutions which will have a degree program for you. If you are looking to immerse yourself with other nuclear engineering students, consider colleges in Texas which have the most undergraduates admitted to nuclear engineering annually. less precisely, the top region to get a degree in nuclear engineering is in the Southeast region with Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, and The University of Tennessee-Knoxville best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection of the top conference to study nuclear engineering is the Southeastern Conference with University of Florida, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and Texas A & M University-College Station representing the conference. Based on our comprehensive list of the best colleges, our choice for the best university for nuclear engineering is Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The objectively 'best' school might not actually be the best school for you. There can be many more facets to consider when deciding on institution. Features like campus amenities, transportation services, and food would definitely change your thoughts of where to go to school. Here at authority.org, we examined the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you want to know which nuclear engineering university is home to the superior campus, the answer is Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus. If you are very interested in which university is home to the finest campus, we have an entire list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, professor reviews, student reviews, and more in order to compare each major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our well researched list for the colleges with the best student life&nbspand, from that list, our pick for the school with the best student life for nuclear engineering is University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Curious why? Keep scrolling to learn more about Authority's top recommendations. Some of our picks might shock you.

If price is a major factor in your decisions, you might consider avoiding Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute&nbspappears to be our most expensive school for nuclear engineering, at least regarding out of state attendance. That being said, we have a list of the most expensive&nbspschools that could put the price tag of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute&nbspinto perspective. Additionally, you may want to know that nuclear engineering is the 207th most expensive degree in the US, with an average expense of $29,500. To zoom out a little, the most costly state for nuclear engineering nationally is New York with tuition and fees at the main college, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, of $54,000. To zoom out even further, the most costly region of the country for nuclear engineering is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for nuclear engineering is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Idaho State University with a cost of $22,224. In better news, the most affordable university for nuclear engineering is University of New Mexico-Main Campus. Authority's full list of the most affordable colleges can be explored here.

In-state learners can expect to pay around $11,700 for a degree in nuclear engineering. That price inflates significantly to a median of $33,200 for an out-of-state public-school student. As such, you might be interested in our selection for the college with the best value for nuclear engineering: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. On this page you will find our comprehensive list for the schools we believe to be the best value&nbspin general. That being said, this idea is based on out-of-state tuition costs. The value proposition 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 nuclear engineering majors differ widely, but two years after completing the major students will regularly make around $70,900. While there can be much variation in earnings potential; top earners can experience pay up to $126,400. Straight out of university, the lowest earning opportunities within the nuclear engineering field make $39,000, which could be worse. The highest earning graduates from nuclear engineering come from 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 nuclear engineering is below average, arriving in the 42nd percentile of all programs. The university with the highest composite diversity for nuclear engineering is Massachusetts Institute of Technology&nbspand here you can find our comprehensive list of the colleges which have the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of the Nuclear Engineering major ranks only in the 61st percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is even lower in the 50th percentile. White undergraduates make up the largest proportion at 60% of those majoring in nuclear engineering. Additionally, 85% of undergrads seeking a nuclear engineering degree are men.

The median ranking for nuclear engineering professors is 5 stars, a score which is 25% greater than the median score for all majors; which is a remarkably good score. If you are interested in the most popular nuclear engineering instructor nationally, consider looking up Kathryn Huff at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This might surprise you, but the top ranked professors for nuclear engineering according to students come from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As we including data other than basic rankings it becomes clear that the university with the best instructors for nuclear engineering is Massachusetts Institute of Technology. One can find an explanation of our ever evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, as well as some of the finest instructors in the country.

Finally, the most difficult school to get into for nuclear engineering is Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While we think of this list more as a novelty, we do have a detailed list of the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, here at Authority we hope you understand that approaching university with a lens only built on superlatives could cause problems. We at Authority hope you explore our more focused pages on different topics and peruse some of our background pages on important details to look for as you progress with your university search.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

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Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

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

26%

Acceptance

49,530

Students

#33

Ranking

$52K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

University of California-Berkeley

Berkeley, CA | www.berkeley.edu/

17%

Acceptance

45,878

Students

#55

Ranking

$44K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA | web.mit.edu/

7%

Acceptance

12,195

Students

#1

Ranking

$53K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

Atlanta, GA | www.gatech.edu/

21%

Acceptance

43,217

Students

#42

Ranking

$34K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

United States Military Academy

West Point, NY | www.westpoint.edu/

9%

Acceptance

4,503

Students

#103

Ranking

$0

Tuition

A+

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

Purdue University-Main Campus

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

67%

Acceptance

49,027

Students

#129

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, IL | www.illinois.edu/

63%

Acceptance

57,324

Students

#125

Ranking

$33K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL | www.ufl.edu/

31%

Acceptance

58,857

Students

#76

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

Texas A & M University-College Station

College Station, TX | https://www.tamu.edu/

63%

Acceptance

73,308

Students

#123

Ranking

$39K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI | www.wisc.edu/

57%

Acceptance

47,831

Students

#101

Ranking

$39K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, NC | www.ncsu.edu/

46%

Acceptance

40,537

Students

#136

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

B+

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

Cincinnati, OH | www.uc.edu/

76%

Acceptance

46,140

Students

#632

Ranking

$27K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR | https://oregonstate.edu/

82%

Acceptance

37,586

Students

#432

Ranking

$31K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

University Park, PA |

0%

Acceptance

0

Students

#0

Ranking

$0

Tuition

D−

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

University of New Mexico-Main Campus

Albuquerque, NM | www.unm.edu/

96%

Acceptance

25,420

Students

#2228

Ranking

$24K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

Pittsburgh, PA | www.pitt.edu/

64%

Acceptance

35,563

Students

#155

Ranking

$34K

Tuition

F

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

South Carolina State University

Orangeburg, SC | www.scsu.edu/

94%

Acceptance

2,752

Students

#3637

Ranking

$22K

Tuition

A

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Knoxville, TN | www.utk.edu/

78%

Acceptance

32,056

Students

#322

Ranking

$32K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY | www.rpi.edu/

57%

Acceptance

8,256

Students

#72

Ranking

$57K

Tuition

A

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY | www.buffalo.edu/

67%

Acceptance

35,509

Students

#264

Ranking

$28K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

United States Naval Academy

Annapolis, MD | www.usna.edu/

9%

Acceptance

4,538

Students

#112

Ranking

$0

Tuition

F

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

Wilberforce University

Wilberforce, OH | www.wilberforce.edu/

62%

Acceptance

620

Students

#3692

Ranking

$13K

Tuition

A−

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Rolla, MO | https://www.mst.edu/

81%

Acceptance

8,618

Students

#402

Ranking

$28K

Tuition

D

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

Idaho State University

Pocatello, ID | www.isu.edu/

0%

Acceptance

14,844

Students

#1962

Ranking

$24K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY | www.columbia.edu/

7%

Acceptance

33,882

Students

#10

Ranking

$62K

Tuition

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