College Choice Publishes 2017 Ranking of the 50 Best Bachelors in Engineering Degrees

EUGENE, Ore., Feb. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, has published a ranking of the 50 Best Bachelors in Engineering Degrees for 2017.

The United States’ global competitiveness has become a national priority, and with it, efforts to increase the number of U.S. students seeking degrees in engineering and computer science, evident at the federal level in the America COMPETES Act, which authorized $43.3 billion in federal spending in science, engineering, mathematics and technology research and education programs.

There are many educational institutions of high quality that are offering bachelors degrees in engineering, and College Choice’s ranking seeks to parse out what separates the very best.


“Because we know that a degree is an investment of sorts, we have factored into our rankings the cost of getting an engineering degree and the salary prospects for graduates of the various schools,” Christian Amondson, Managing Editor of College Choice, said of the ranking. “And because research is such an integral part of engineering, and because schools with graduate programs tend to have more research center, labs, and institutes, we’ve limited our top fifty list to those schools with graduate programs.”

College Choice developed its list by looking at academic quality along with return on investment—the differential between tuition costs and average early career earnings.

The ranking for the 50 Best Bachelors in Engineering Degrees for 2017 finds the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the top spot. Purdue University is in second, and Georgia Institute of Technology rounds out the top three.

The entire ranking, listed in alphabetical order, is as follows:

  1. Arizona State University—Tempe
  2. Auburn University
  3. California Institute of Technology
  4. Carnegie Mellon University
  5. Clemson University
  6. Colorado School of Mines
  7. Columbia University
  8. Cornell University
  9. Duke University
  10. Georgia Institute of Technology
  11. Harvard University
  12. Iowa State University
  13. Johns Hopkins University
  14. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  15. Michigan State University
  16. North Carolina State University—Raleigh
  17. Northwestern University
  18. Ohio State University—Columbus
  19. Pennsylvania State University—University Park
  20. Princeton University
  21. Purdue University-West Lafayette
  22. Rice University
  23. Rutgers University—New Brunswick
  24. Stanford University
  25. Texas A&M University—College Station
  26. University of Arizona
  27. University of California-Berkeley
  28. University of California—Davis
  29. University of California—Irvine
  30. University of California—Los Angeles
  31. University of California—San Diego
  32. University of California—Santa Barbara
  33. University of Colorado—Boulder
  34. University of Delaware
  35. University of Florida
  36. University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
  37. University of Maryland—College Park
  38. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  39. University of Minnesota—Twin Cities
  40. University of Pennsylvania
  41. University of Pittsburgh
  42. University of Southern California
  43. University of Texas-Austin
  44. University of Utah
  45. University of Virginia
  46. University of Washington
  47. University of Wisconsin—Madison
  48. Vanderbilt University
  49. Virginia Tech
  50. Yale University

College Choice is an online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The site publishes rankings and reviews that make finding the best colleges for different interests easier and more fun, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.

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