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2023 Petroleum Engineering Popularity

There are about 3,713 students enrolled in Petroleum Engineering in the USA.

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Petroleum engineering is the 161st most popular degree in America, with 1,704 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #162 Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, and narrowly lost to #160 Environmental Engineering.

The degree is offered at a total of 25 colleges across the nation, and is the 363rd most widely offered degree. It is only offered at 1% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America.

It is also worth noting that 83% of colleges offering petroleum engineering are public making it a very accessible field.

The southwest produces the most petroleum engineering graduates, largely led by University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus, while it’s the Big Twelve Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, Texas ranks highest, with particular help from University of Houston and Texas A & M University-College Station.

All that being said, no individual school produces more petroleum engineering graduates than University of Southern California, which graduated 173 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study petroleum engineering). More students studied petroleum engineering as a percentage of total students at Marietta College than any other college.

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