Top Engineering Colleges in United State

Top Engineering Schools in the U.S.

Caltech's Bridge Laboratory

California Institute of Technology

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The California Institute of Technology frequently competes with MIT for top spot on rankings of engineering schools. With under 1, 000 undergraduates, Caltech is by far the smallest college on this list, and you will most likely get to know your professors and classmates better than you would at a place like UIUC. The institute has an impressive 3 to 1 student / faculty ratio, a statistic that translates into lots of research opportunities for students. One other perk is the school's location near Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean.

Carnegie Mellon University

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Carnegie Mellon University and the Carnegie Museum and LibraryIf you're not 100% sure that engineering is for you, then Carnegie Mellon University could be a great choice. The school is certainly well known for its impressive science and engineering programs, but CMU is a comprehensive university with strengths in the arts and sciences as well.

Cornell University

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Cornell University (arguably) has the strongest engineering programs of the eight Ivy League schools. And students who aren't looking for an urban campus will appreciate the university's beautiful location overlooking Lake Cayuga. Ithaca College sits across the valley from Cornell.

Cornell University TowerGeorgia Institute of Technology

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Georgia Tech has strengths that go beyond engineering, and the school also made my list of top public universities. Top-notch academic programs combined with state tuition make the school an impressive value, and city lovers will like the 400-acre urban campus in Atlanta. As an additional perk for sports lovers, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets compete in the NCAA Divsion I Atlantic Coast Conference.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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I'm biased here because it's my alma mater, but the Massachusetts Institute of Technology typically ranks #1 among the nation's engineering schools. The long and narrow campus stretches along the Charles River and overlooks the Boston skyline. Harvard, Boston University, Northeastern, and many other colleges are within walking distance.

Purdue University, West Lafayette Campus

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