Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering

2022 Best Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering Schools

75 Colleges in the United States
7,535 Aerospace Engineering Degrees Awarded
$65,466 Avg Early-Career Salary
A degree in aerospace and aeronautical engineering is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #101 out of 368 on popularity of all such degrees in the nation. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 75 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for aerospace and aeronautical engineering students pursuing a degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 7,535 degrees in aerospace and aeronautical engineering during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering School

Best Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering Schools Your choice of aerospace and aeronautical engineering school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. We derive our Best Overall Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering Rankings by Degree Level

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering Schools list to help you make the college decision. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

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If you want to learn more about how we derive our rankings, see College Factual's Methodology.

Best Schools for Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering in the United States

The schools below may not offer all types of aerospace engineering degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do 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
124 Aerospace Engineering Degrees Awarded

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a wonderful decision for students interested in a degree in aerospace and aeronautical engineering. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge. A Best Schools rank of #2 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

There were about 124 aerospace and aeronautical engineering students who graduated with this degree at MIT in the most recent data year. Those aerospace and aeronautical engineering students who get their degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology make $14,634 more than the average aerospace engineering graduate.

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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 one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in aerospace and aeronautical engineering. Located in the suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. 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 year we have data available.

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

California Institute of Technology is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in aerospace and aeronautical engineering. Located in the medium-sized city of Pasadena, Caltech is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. 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 year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
141 Aerospace Engineering Degrees Awarded

University of Southern California is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a degree in aerospace and aeronautical engineering. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #33 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were approximately 141 aerospace and aeronautical engineering students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the aerospace and aeronautical engineering major at University of Southern California make $15,934 above the average college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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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

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

There were roughly 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
221 Aerospace Engineering Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #40 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were about 221 aerospace and aeronautical engineering students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent year we have data available. Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering degree recipients from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor get an earnings boost of about $11,734 over the typical earnings of aerospace and aeronautical engineering majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
368 Aerospace Engineering Degrees Awarded

Georgia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Atlanta. A Best Schools rank of #35 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Georgia Tech is a great school overall.

There were about 368 aerospace and aeronautical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Georgia Tech in the most recent year we have data available. Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering degree recipients from Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus earn a boost of approximately $13,034 above the typical earnings of aerospace and aeronautical engineering graduates.

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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

Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Notre Dame. 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 year we have data available.

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

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

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

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#10

Rice University

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

Located in the large city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #25 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Rice is a great university overall.

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

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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

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

There were roughly 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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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top 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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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering is one of 40 different types of Engineering programs to choose from.

Aerospace Engineering Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 7,535

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 47,427
Electrical Engineering 30,359
Civil Engineering 21,469
Computer Engineering 16,693
Chemical Engineering 13,575
Biomedical Engineering 12,198
General Engineering 11,110
Industrial Engineering 9,063
Materials Engineering 3,398
Systems Engineering 3,007

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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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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