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2021 Most Popular General Engineering Schools

135 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.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. 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 assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Grad Degree Search has created its Most Popular General Engineering Schools ranking. This report analyzed 135 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the General Engineering program at each school on the list.

Check out the engineering programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

Our 2021 rankings named University of Maryland - College Park the most popular school in the United States for general engineering students. UMCP is a very large public school located in the large suburb of College Park.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Northeastern University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Most Popular General Engineering Schools list. Northeastern is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

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#3

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Dartmouth College. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Popular General Engineering Schools list. Located in the town of Hanover, Dartmouth is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#4

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA

Out of the 135 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Old Dominion University landed the # 4 spot on the list. Old Dominion is a very large public school located in the city of Norfolk.

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Out of the 135 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Alabama at Birmingham landed the # 5 spot on the list. UAB is a fairly large public school located in the city of Birmingham.

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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee ranked #6 on this year’s Most Popular General Engineering Schools list. Located in the large city of Milwaukee, UWM is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#7

Lamar University

Beaumont, TX

Lamar University ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular General Engineering Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Beaumont, Lamar University is a public school with a large student population.

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University of Alabama in Huntsville did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general engineering students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the city of Huntsville, UAH is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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#9

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general engineering students. It came in at #9 on the list. Brown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Providence.

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#10

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR

University of Arkansas landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general engineering programs. UARK is a fairly large public school located in the city of Fayetteville.

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Colorado State University - Fort Collins ranked #11 on this year’s Most Popular General Engineering Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Fort Collins, Colorado State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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

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Oklahoma Christian University ranked #12 on this year’s Most Popular General Engineering Schools list. Located in the city of Edmond, OC is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #14, Ohio University - Athens Campus did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general engineering students. Located in the distant town of Athens, OHIO Athens is a public college with a very large student population.

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

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Arizona State University - Skysong came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular General Engineering Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Scottsdale, ASU - Skysong is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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University of Wisconsin - Platteville landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general engineering programs. Located in the town of Platteville, UW - Platteville is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

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Louisiana Tech University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for general engineering students. It came in at #18 on the list. Located in the town of Ruston, Louisiana Tech is a public college with a large student population.

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University of California - Los Angeles landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular general engineering programs. Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public school with a very large student population.

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#20

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

With a ranking of #20, San Francisco State University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for general engineering students. SFSU is a fairly large public school located in the large city of San Francisco.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional popular schools for General Engineering students that almost earned our Most Popular General Engineering Schools award.

Rank College Location
21 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
21 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
21 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
24 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
24 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
26 Arizona State University - Polytechnic Mesa, AZ
27 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT

General Engineering by Region

View the Most Popular General Engineering Schools for a specific region near you.

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.

  • 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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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