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2022 Best Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering Schools

75 Colleges in the United States
7,535 Aerospace Engineering Degrees Awarded
If you pursue a degree in aerospace and aeronautical engineering, you won't be alone. The field of study is the #109 most popular program in the country. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.

College Factual looked at 75 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 7,535 degrees in aerospace and aeronautical engineering to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering School

Best Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering Schools The aerospace engineering program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering rankings. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for aerospace and aeronautical engineering schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Pick Your Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering Degree Level

The aerospace engineering school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering Schools. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

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More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

Best Schools for Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering in the United States

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the aerospace engineering degree levels they offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

11 Top Schools in Aerospace Engineering

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MA
124 Aerospace Engineering Degrees Awarded

Every student who is interested in aerospace and aeronautical engineering has to take a look at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #2 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

There were approximately 124 aerospace and aeronautical engineering students who graduated with this degree at MIT in the most recent year we have data available.

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#2

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In CA
88 Aerospace Engineering Degrees Awarded

Stanford University is a great choice for students pursuing a degree in aerospace and aeronautical engineering. Stanford is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Stanford. A Best Schools rank of #3 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were about 88 aerospace and aeronautical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
13th Most Popular In CA

California Institute of Technology is a wonderful decision for students pursuing a degree in aerospace and aeronautical engineering. Caltech is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Pasadena. A Best Schools rank of #17 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Caltech is a great school overall.

There were about 26 aerospace and aeronautical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Caltech in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CA
141 Aerospace Engineering Degrees Awarded

University of Southern California is a great option for students interested in a degree in aerospace and aeronautical engineering. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles. A Best Schools rank of #33 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were roughly 141 aerospace and aeronautical engineering students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent data year.

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#5

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In MD
36 Aerospace Engineering Degrees Awarded

Johns Hopkins is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Baltimore. A Best Schools rank of #19 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

There were about 36 aerospace and aeronautical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MI
221 Aerospace Engineering Degrees Awarded

U-M is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor. A Best Schools rank of #40 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were roughly 221 aerospace and aeronautical engineering students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In GA
368 Aerospace Engineering Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #35 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Georgia Tech is a great school overall.

There were roughly 368 aerospace and aeronautical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Georgia Tech in the most recent data year.

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#8

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In IN
34 Aerospace Engineering Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #15 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were about 34 aerospace and aeronautical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In MO

Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #28 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means WUSTL is a great university overall.

There were roughly 21 aerospace and aeronautical engineering students who graduated with this degree at WUSTL in the most recent year we have data available.

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#10

Rice University

Houston, TX
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In TX

Rice is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Houston. A Best Schools rank of #25 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Rice is a great university overall.

There were roughly 2 aerospace and aeronautical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Rice in the most recent data year.

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#11

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In VA
36 Aerospace Engineering Degrees Awarded

University of Virginia is a very large public university located in the small suburb of Charlottesville. A Best Schools rank of #38 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means University of Virginia is a great university overall.

There were approximately 36 aerospace and aeronautical engineering students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent data year.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
12 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
13 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
14 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
15 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
16 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
17 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
18 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN

Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering by Region

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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 Ian3055.

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