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2022 Best Colleges for Systems Engineering

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834

Graduates Per Year

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$78K

Average Salary

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#233

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Average Popularity

834

86% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

28

85% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

232

Ecology

835

233

Systems Engineering

834

234

Multimedia Art

831

Cost

Somewhat Affordable

$27,436

14% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

245

Christian Studies

$27,575

246

Systems Engineering

$27,436

247

Systems Science and Theory

$27,345

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TOP

25

Salary

Very High Salary

$67,364

74% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

14

Computational Science

$67,660

15

Systems Engineering

$67,364

16

Manufacturing Engineering

$67,331

Professors

Very Bad

3.7/5

7.5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

295

Industrial Management

296

Systems Engineering

297

Mathematics

Students

Diverse

4.2/5

15.19% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

81

Chemical Engineering

82

Systems Engineering

83

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SUMMARY

Studying Systems Engineering is a valuable choice and frequently a requisite first step for scholars seeking to enter a career as a senior systems engineer, a staff software engineer, or a senior quality assurance engineer. Interestingly, systems engineering is an uncommon major coming in at the 233rd most popular major. In the last year, there were 834 systems engineering diplomas received. In-state tuition for systems engineering at private schools is, on average, 5.1 times more pricey than their public rivals.

With just 28 institutions having programs for this degree there could be a more finite list of the institutions that will have an option for you. If you are looking to immerse yourself with other systems engineering undergrads, look at institutions in Virginia which have more undergrads admitted to systems engineering than any other state. More generally, the top region to get a degree in systems engineering is in the Southeast region with University of Florida, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and University of Virginia-Main Campus best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection of the top conference to study systems engineering is the Southeastern Conference with University of Florida representing the conference. Based on our extensive list on the best colleges, our belief is that the best school for systems engineering is University of Pennsylvania.

The overall best school does not have to be the best school for every student. There might be tons more perspectives to consider when selecting ​university. Things like campus amenities, transportation services, and food could definitely alter your decision on where to go to college. Here at authority.org, we have weighed the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are intrigued by which systems engineering university has the top campus, the winner is University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. If, for example, you are very interested in which university is home to the best campus, we have a whole page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, government databases, student reviews, and more so we can evaluate each major in an unbiased and informative way. You can explore our comprehensive list for the colleges with the best student life here and from that list, our choice for the school with the best student life for systems engineering is University of Virginia-Main Campus. Curious why? Keep reading to discover more about Authority's top choices. Some of our decisions just might shock you.

If cost is a major deciding factor in your decisions, you might be cautious about George Washington University. George Washington University is the most expensive school for systems engineering, at least regarding out of state attendance. We do have an entire list of the most expensive colleges that might put the price tag of George Washington University into perspective. For more context, you could be interested to know that systems engineering is the 246th most expensive degree in America, with an average associated cost of $27,400. On a broader scale, the most costly state for systems engineering nationally is District of Columbia demonstrated with a tuition of $54,453 at the main university in the state George Washington University. Even more broadly, the most expensive region for systems engineering is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for systems engineering is the New England region which is represented by Maine Maritime Academy with a cost of $24,792 and Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a cost of $17,570. In better news, the most affordable college for systems engineering is Texas A & M International University. Our entire list of the most affordable schools can be explored here.

In-state learners can anticipate paying around $10,000 for a degree in systems engineering. The price inflates intensely to an average of $26,500 for an out-of-state public-school student. As such, you might be interested in our selection for the school with the best value for systems engineering: University of Pennsylvania. Through this link you can see our comprehensive list of the colleges we believe to be the best value in general. Bear in mind, this list is based on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when in-state tuition is considered, as such, we are using out-of-state tuition as the baseline.

Earnings for systems engineering students vary a lot, but two-years after completing the major graduates will often make around $77,800. While there can be a lot of variation in salary; top positions can make up to $116,200. Even straight out of university, the minimum earning opportunities within the systems engineering field make $53,000, which could be worse. The top earning graduates from systems engineering studied at University of Pennsylvania and if you are looking for colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The overall diversity of systems engineering ranks quite high, ranking in the 79th percentile of majors nationally. The college with the highest composite diversity for systems engineering is University of Pennsylvania and here you can find our comprehensive list for the universities with the most diversity. The financial diversity of Systems Engineering is only within the 60th percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is actually greater, in the 77th percentile. White collegians compose the largest proportion, 52%, of scholars majoring in systems engineering. Additionally, 69% of undergrads seeking a systems engineering major are men.

The median rating for systems engineering's professors is 3.7 stars, a ranking that is 7% worse than the average for every major; this is a subpar ranking. If you are looking for the most popular systems engineering professor in the country, look no further than Adam Reed at University of Nevada-Reno. It may be a shock, but the highest ranked systems engineering instructors according to students come from University of Nevada-Reno. As we including data beyond just rankings it becomes clear that the university possessing the best instructors for systems engineering is University of Pennsylvania. You will find an explanation of our evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, along with some of the top professors in the country.

Finally, the hardest university to get into for systems engineering is University of Pennsylvania. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we have an extensive page for the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, here at Authority we hope you believe that approaching college with a lens primarily derived from superlatives can cause problems. We hope you read our other pages on individual schools and peruse some of Authority's background pages on useful details to look for as your school search develops.

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University of Virginia-Main Campus

#1 Best Colleges for Systems Engineering

University of Virginia-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Charlottesville, VA ranked 45th in the nation. It has a total of 18,983 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 23.94% acceptance rate. University of Virginia-Main Campus offers 210 different majors and is best known for its Systems Engineering, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $14,836 for in-state students and $47,257 for those from out-of-state, University of Virginia-Main Campus is very high-priced. 88.79% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make more or less $61,200 per year, which is 47% over the national median.

Charlottesville, VA

https://www.virginia.edu

A+

Rating

24%

Acceptance

28,593

Students

#45

Ranking

$47,257

Tuition

University of Florida

#2 Best Colleges for Systems 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 Pennsylvania

#3 Best Colleges for Systems 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

George Washington University

#4 Best Colleges for Systems Engineering

George Washington University is a very large private university located in Washington, DC ranked 69th in the US. It has a total of 13,428 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 40.84% of applicants. George Washington University offers 462 different majors and is best known for its International Relations and Affairs, Computer and Information Systems Security, and Information Technology Administration and Management programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $56,845 per year, George Washington University is very expensive. 75.47% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, entering the labor market. After graduation, alumni go on to make approximately $69,600 per year, which is 68% above the national median.

Washington, DC

https://www.gwu.edu

A+

Rating

41%

Acceptance

31,641

Students

#69

Ranking

$56,845

Tuition

Washington University in St Louis

#5 Best Colleges for Systems Engineering

Washington University in St Louis is a large private university located in Saint Louis, MO ranked 15th in the nation. It has a total of 8,774 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 13.85% of applicants. Washington University in St Louis offers 291 different majors and is best known for its Anthropology, Design and Visual Communications, and Environmental Biology programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $54,250 per year, Washington University in St Louis is exceptionally costly. 88.9% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring in approximately $70,100 per year, which is 69% greater than the national median.

Saint Louis, MO

www.wustl.edu

A+

Rating

14%

Acceptance

17,794

Students

#15

Ranking

$54,250

Tuition

United States Merchant Marine Academy

#6 Best Colleges for Systems Engineering

United States Merchant Marine Academy is a small public college located in Kings Point, NY ranked 114th in the United States. It has a total of 1,005 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 24.87% acceptance rate. United States Merchant Marine Academy offers 4 different majors and is best known for its Systems Engineering program, which is ranked 6th in America. 73.07% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring in near $88,100 per year, which is 112% greater than the national median.

Kings Point, NY

https://www.usmma.edu

A

Rating

25%

Acceptance

1,028

Students

#114

Ranking

-

Tuition

George Mason University

#9 Best Colleges for Systems Engineering

George Mason University is a very large public university located in Fairfax, VA ranked 285th in the nation. It has a total of 34,722 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 86.74% of applicants. George Mason University offers 272 different majors and is best known for its Rhetoric and Composition, Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, and Health Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,060 for in-state students and $32,520 for those from out-of-state, George Mason University is reasonably expensive. 72.25% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to draw about $59,900 per year, which is 44% over the national median.

Fairfax, VA

https://www2.gmu.edu/

A-

Rating

87%

Acceptance

48,678

Students

#285

Ranking

$32,520

Tuition

University of Arizona

#10 Best Colleges for Systems Engineering

University of Arizona is a very large public university located in Tucson, AZ ranked 2nd in Arizona. It has a total of 37,332 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 84.59% acceptance rate. University of Arizona offers 494 different majors and is best known for its Homeland Security, Physiology, and Pre-Veterinary Studies programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,299 for students from Arizona and $35,326 for those from out-of-state, University of Arizona is reasonably costly. 57.09% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take in about $47,300 per year, which is 14% over the national median.

Tucson, AZ

https://www.arizona.edu

B+

Rating

85%

Acceptance

48,653

Students

#359

Ranking

$35,326

Tuition

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

#11 Best Colleges for Systems 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

Maine Maritime Academy

#12 Best Colleges for Systems Engineering

Maine Maritime Academy is a small public college located in Castine, ME ranked 221st in the nation. It has a total of 988 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 45.32% of applicants. Maine Maritime Academy offers 9 different majors and is best known for its Systems Engineering, International Business, and Engineering Technologies programs (nationally ranked 12th, 20th, and 36th respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,764 for students from Maine and $24,792 for those from out-of-state, Maine Maritime Academy is somewhat moderately pricey. 59.37% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, entering the workforce. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring home about $95,600 per year, which is 130% above the national median.

Castine, ME

https://mainemaritime.edu

A

Rating

45%

Acceptance

1,007

Students

#221

Ranking

$24,792

Tuition

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

#13 Best Colleges for Systems Engineering

Massachusetts Maritime Academy is a small public college located in Buzzards Bay, MA ranked 35th in Massachusetts. It has a total of 1,829 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 91.46% acceptance rate. Massachusetts Maritime Academy offers 9 different majors and is best known for its Systems Engineering, International Business, and Environmental Science programs (nationally ranked 13th, 16th, and 23rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $1,836 for students from Massachusetts and $17,570 for those from out-of-state, Massachusetts Maritime Academy is moderately priced. 73.07% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn close to $86,600 per year, which is 108% greater than the national median.

Buzzards Bay, MA

www.maritime.edu

B

Rating

91%

Acceptance

1,932

Students

#428

Ranking

$17,570

Tuition

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

#14 Best Colleges for Systems Engineering

University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a very large public institution located in Charlotte, NC ranked 11th in North Carolina. It has a total of 27,497 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 65.05% of applicants. University of North Carolina at Charlotte offers 162 different majors and is best known for its Respiratory Care Therapy, Civil Engineering Technologies, and German Language and Literature programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 3rd, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $3,812 for in-state students and $17,246 for those from out-of-state, University of North Carolina at Charlotte is moderately priced. 53.39% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, joining the labor market. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make more or less $44,000 per year, which is 6% above the national median.

Charlotte, NC

https://www.uncc.edu

B-

Rating

65%

Acceptance

34,024

Students

#583

Ranking

$17,246

Tuition

Texas A & M International University

#15 Best Colleges for Systems Engineering

Texas A & M International University is a mid-sized public college located in Laredo, TX ranked 55th in Texas. It has a total of 8,158 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 54.15% of applicants. Texas A & M International University offers 66 different majors and is best known for its Systems Engineering program, which is ranked 15th in the US. With an annual tuition of $3,818 for students from Texas and $13,946 for those from out-of-state, Texas A & M International University is pretty cheap. 51.77% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn around $45,800 per year, which is 10% above the national median.

Laredo, TX

www.tamiu.edu/

C+

Rating

54%

Acceptance

9,511

Students

#1254

Ranking

$13,946

Tuition

Otterbein University

#16 Best Colleges for Systems Engineering

Otterbein University is a small private institution located in Westerville, OH ranked 38th in Ohio. It has a total of 2,636 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 80.15% of applicants. Otterbein University offers 107 different majors and is best known for its Pre-Veterinary Studies, Systems Engineering, and Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management programs (nationally ranked 9th, 16th, and 32nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $32,024 per year, Otterbein University is somewhat moderately costly. 54.91% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, entering the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to make about $43,100 per year, which is 4% over the national median.

Westerville, OH

https://www.otterbein.edu

C+

Rating

80%

Acceptance

3,368

Students

#913

Ranking

$32,024

Tuition

Kennesaw State University

#17 Best Colleges for Systems Engineering

Kennesaw State University is a very large public institution located in Kennesaw, GA ranked 19th in Georgia. It has a total of 37,599 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 75.22% acceptance rate. Kennesaw State University offers 181 different majors and is best known for its Systems Engineering, Construction Engineering, and Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations programs (nationally ranked 17th, 18th, and 19th respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,450 for students from Georgia and $15,704 for those from out-of-state, Kennesaw State University is moderately priced. 43.38% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment.

Kennesaw, GA

www.kennesaw.edu

C+

Rating

75%

Acceptance

41,654

Students

#1109

Ranking

$15,704

Tuition

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

#18 Best Colleges for Systems Engineering

University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a mid-sized public university located in Little Rock, AR ranked 10th in Arkansas. It has a total of 9,529 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting a tad south of 2/3 of applicants. University of Arkansas at Little Rock offers 155 different majors and is best known for its Construction Engineering, American Sign Language, and Systems Engineering programs (nationally ranked 15th, 18th, and 18th respectively). With an annual tuition of $6,600 for students from Arkansas and $18,810 for those from out-of-state, University of Arkansas at Little Rock is moderately priced. 30.95% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to draw close to $34,900 per year, which is 16% below the national median.

Little Rock, AR

ualr.edu/www/

C

Rating

66%

Acceptance

12,993

Students

#1366

Ranking

$18,810

Tuition