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2022 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

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543

Graduates Per Year

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$71K

Average Salary

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#269

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Unpopular

543

91% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

22

89% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

268

Construction Engineering

553

269

Nuclear Engineering

543

Cost

Median Cost

$29,522

8% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

206

Exercise Physiology

$29,574

207

Nuclear Engineering

$29,522

208

Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies

$29,517

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50

Salary

Very High Salary

$59,690

55% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

33

Medical Informatics

$60,483

34

Nuclear Engineering

$59,690

35

Mechanical Engineering Technology

$59,515

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5

Professors

Very Good

5/5

25% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

4

Nuclear Engineering

5

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Students

Average Diversity

3.6/5

0.44% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

231

Interior Design

232

Nuclear Engineering

233

Near and Middle Eastern Studies

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 and, 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 appears 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 schools that could put the price tag of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute into 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 in 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 and 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 and 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.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

#1 Best Colleges for Nuclear 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

Texas A & M University-College Station

#2 Best Colleges for Nuclear 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

Missouri University of Science and Technology

#3 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

Missouri University of Science and Technology is a mid-sized public university located in Rolla, MO ranked 7th in Missouri. It has a total of 7,040 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting in the neighborhood of 7/9ths of applicants. Missouri University of Science and Technology offers 118 different majors and is best known for its Geological Engineering, Industrial Management, and Nuclear Engineering programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,512 for students from Missouri and $26,060 for those from out-of-state, Missouri University of Science and Technology is somewhat moderately pricey. 61.41% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to draw more or less $71,200 per year, which is 71% over the national median.

Rolla, MO

https://www.mst.edu/

B+

Rating

79%

Acceptance

9,265

Students

#390

Ranking

$26,060

Tuition

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

#4 Best Colleges for Nuclear 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

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

#5 Best Colleges for Nuclear 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

#6 Best Colleges for Nuclear 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

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

#7 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is a very large public university located in Knoxville, TN ranked 4th in Tennessee. It has a total of 24,447 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 78.85% of applicants. The University of Tennessee-Knoxville offers 312 different majors and is best known for its Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management, Business Statistics, and Soil Sciences programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,332 for in-state students and $29,522 for those from out-of-state, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is somewhat moderately pricey. 62.8% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to bring in around $45,100 per year, which is 9% over the national median.

Knoxville, TN

www.utk.edu

B+

Rating

79%

Acceptance

31,477

Students

#368

Ranking

$29,522

Tuition

University of Wisconsin-Madison

#8 Best Colleges for Nuclear 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

Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

#9 Best Colleges for Nuclear 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

University of California-Berkeley

#10 Best Colleges for Nuclear 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

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

#13 Best Colleges for Nuclear 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

Oregon State University

#14 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

Oregon State University is a very large public university located in Corvallis, OR ranked 9th in Oregon. It has a total of 31,233 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting a little shy of 5/6 of applicants. Oregon State University offers 265 different majors and is best known for its Natural Resources Management and Policy, Construction Engineering, and Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,846 for in-state students and $29,346 for those from out-of-state, Oregon State University is somewhat moderately expensive. 56.12% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring in near $49,600 per year, which is 19% greater than the national median.

Corvallis, OR

https://oregonstate.edu

B

Rating

82%

Acceptance

38,110

Students

#453

Ranking

$29,346

Tuition

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

#15 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus is a very large public university located in University Park, PA ranked 230th in the US. It has a total of 42,805 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 75.94% of applicants. Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus offers 481 different majors and is best known for its Architectural Engineering, Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, and Foreign Language Teacher Education programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $17,416 for students from Pennsylvania and $34,480 for those from out-of-state, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus is reasonably expensive. 60.08% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn around $50,100 per year, which is 21% above the national median.

University Park, PA

www.psu.edu/

A-

Rating

76%

Acceptance

49,935

Students

#230

Ranking

$34,480

Tuition

University of Florida

#16 Best Colleges for Nuclear 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

Purdue University-Main Campus

#17 Best Colleges for Nuclear 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

Idaho State University

#18 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

Idaho State University is a large public university located in Pocatello, ID ranked 7th in Idaho. It has a total of 12,619 full-time undergraduate students. Idaho State University offers 380 different majors and is best known for its Informatics, Nuclear Engineering, and American Sign Language programs (nationally ranked 16th, 18th, and 27th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,928 for students from Idaho and $22,224 for those from out-of-state, Idaho State University is somewhat moderately costly. 31.96% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, entering the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to take in close to $35,700 per year, which is 14% less than the national median.

Pocatello, ID

www.isu.edu/

C

Rating

100%

Acceptance

14,970

Students

#1648

Ranking

$22,224

Tuition

University of New Mexico-Main Campus

#19 Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering

University of New Mexico-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Albuquerque, NM ranked 9th in New Mexico. It has a total of 20,473 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 94.28% acceptance rate. University of New Mexico-Main Campus offers 241 different majors and is best known for its Emergency Medical Technology, Native American Studies, and Health Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 10th, 12th, and 13th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,299 for in-state students and $21,716 for those from out-of-state, University of New Mexico-Main Campus is somewhat moderately high-priced. 35.05% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, entering the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn roughly $36,400 per year, which is 12% under the national median.

Albuquerque, NM

www.unm.edu

C

Rating

94%

Acceptance

28,080

Students

#1896

Ranking

$21,716

Tuition