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2021 Best General Engineering Schools

103 Colleges
$66,152 Avg Salary
$20,077 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Engineering School for You

In 2018-2019, 3,449 people earned a degree or certificate in general engineering, making the major the #63 most popular in the United States.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Grad Degree Search has developed this Best General Engineering Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 103 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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2021 Best General Engineering Schools in the United States

Check out the engineering programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 15% Best General Engineering Schools

#1

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

Our 2021 rankings named Dartmouth College the best school in the United States for general engineering students. Located in the remote town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#2

Brown University

Providence, RI

The excellent programs at Brown University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best general engineering schools in the United States. Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Providence.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Wisconsin - Madison. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best General Engineering Schools list. Located in the large city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public college with a very large student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of California - Los Angeles. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best General Engineering Schools list. Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#5

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

The excellent programs at University of Georgia helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best general engineering schools in the United States. UGA is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Athens.

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#6

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

With a ranking of #6, Villanova University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general engineering students. Located in the large suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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The University of Texas at Austin ranked #7 on this year’s Best General Engineering Schools list. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a very large student population.

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University of Maryland - College Park ranked #8 on this year’s Best General Engineering Schools list. UMCP is a very large public school located in the suburb of College Park.

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#9

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general engineering programs. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park ranked #10 on this year’s Best General Engineering Schools list. Penn State University Park is a very large public school located in the city of University Park.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign ranked #11 on this year’s Best General Engineering Schools list. Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a very large student population.

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University of Colorado Boulder did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general engineering students. It came in at #12 on the list. CU - Boulder is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Boulder.

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University of Wisconsin - Platteville ranked #13 on this year’s Best General Engineering Schools list. Located in the distant town of Platteville, UW - Platteville is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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University of California - Berkeley came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best General Engineering Schools ranking. Located in the city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a very large student population.

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University of Connecticut came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best General Engineering Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Storrs, UCONN is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for General Engineering students that almost earned our Best General Engineering Schools award.

Rank College Location
16 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
17 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
18 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
19 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
20 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX

General Engineering by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

General Engineering is one of 37 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Electrical Engineering 12,934
Mechanical Engineering 9,668
Civil Engineering 6,961
Computer Engineering 5,021
Biomedical Engineering 4,057

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Rémi Kaupp.

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