School’s in Session: The 2016 Top Engineering Schools

by James Herzing12 October 2016

With the 2016-2017 school year now officially in session, engineering students are settling into their studies, and in fairly considerable numbers.  According to estimates, there will be over one million new engineers graduating with undergraduate degrees in May, 2017.  With this in mind, we thought it would be interesting to look at the world’s top 10 engineering schools in the United States and globally, by discipline.

Did your school make the cut?

Top Programs, US

The data gathered here comes from U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges Rankings, 2016.  The schools are ranked via the following criteria:

  1. 77.5% is based upon academic quality, graduation rates, faculty and admissions data
  2. 22.5% is based upon a national peer assessment of top university academics as well as high school counselors.

Biomedical Engineering

  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Duke University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, San Diego
  • Rice University
  • University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Civil Engineering

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • (tie) Georgia Institute of Technology 
  • (tie) University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette
  • Stanford University
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Virginia Tech
  • Cornell University

Chemical Engineering

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • (tie) Georgia Institute of Technology
  • (tie) University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Stanford University
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  • Princeton University
  • University of Delaware

Computer Engineering

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  • Cornell University

Electrical Engineering

  • (tie) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • (tie) Stanford University
  • University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • Cornell University

Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering

  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette
  • University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
  • Virginia Tech
  • Stanford University
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • (tie) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • (tie) Pennsylvania State University, University Park

Mechanical Engineering

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • (tie) Georgia Institute of Technology
  • (tie) Stanford University
  • University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette
  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • Cornell University

Global Rankings

The data presented here is taken from the QS Stars Methodology of university rating, and based upon the following “pillars”:

Research, Teaching, Graduate employability, Internationalization, Facilities, Online/distance learning, Social responsibility, Innovation, Arts & Culture, Inclusiveness, Specialist criteria (such as accreditations, competencies, etc.)

Civil Engineering

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
  • Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Imperial College London, UK
  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • University of California, Berkeley (UCB), USA
  • Tsinghua University, China
  • Stanford University, USA
  • University of Hong Kong (HKU), Hong Kong
  • University of Tokyo, Japan

Chemical Engineering

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
  • University of California, Berkeley (UCB), USA
  • Stanford University, USA
  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Imperial College London, UK
  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA
  • University of Tokyo, Japan
  • University of Oxford, UK
  • Kyoto University, Japan

Electrical Engineering

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
  • Stanford University, USA
  • University of California, Berkeley (UCB), USA
  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA
  • National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Switzerland
  • Nanyang Technological University (NTU), China
  • Harvard University, USA
  • Imperial College London, UK

Mechanical Engineering

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
  • Stanford University, USA
  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • University of California, Berkeley (UCB), USA
  • Imperial College London, UK
  • University of Michigan, USA
  • Harvard University, USA
  • National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • University of Oxford, UK
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, USA