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2023 Best Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools

154 Colleges in the United States
10,172 Bachelor's Degrees
If you plan on getting your bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #51 in the country in terms of popularity. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

College Factual reviewed 154 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for bachelor's degree seekers in the field of chemical engineering. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 10,172 bachelor's degrees in chemical engineering during the 2020-2021 academic year.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

Choosing a Great Chemical Engineering School for Your Bachelor's Degree

Best Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools Your choice of chemical engineering for getting your bachelor's degree school matters. Important measures of a quality chem eng program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

Quality Overall Is Important

The overall quality of a bachelor's degree school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Average Earnings

To determine the overall quality of a graduate school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their bachelor's degree from the school. This is because one of the main reasons people pursue their bachelor's degree is to enable themselves to find better-paying positions.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on chemical engineering students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of chemical engineering students who choose to seek a bachelor's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for chemical engineering to pay back their student loans after receiving their bachelor's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized chemical engineering related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for chemical engineering students working on their bachelor's degree.

More Ways to Rank Chemical Engineering Schools

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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Best Schools for Bachelor’s Students to Study Chemical Engineering in the United States

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for chemical engineering students seeking a a bachelor's degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

23 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Chem Eng

33 Annual Graduates
$13,266 Median Student Debt

Every student who is interested in a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering has to check out Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge.

Those chemical engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology make $16,513 more than the typical chem eng graduate.

More information about a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

117 Annual Graduates
$20,000 Median Student Debt

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is a good decision for students interested in a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. Located in the city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a fairly large student population.

Those chemical engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor earn $10,188 more than the typical chem eng student.

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#3

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
69 Annual Graduates
$17,155 Median Student Debt

Cornell University is a good choice for students pursuing a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.

Bachelor's recipients from the chemical engineering program at Cornell University make $9,115 more than the average graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#4

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
79 Annual Graduates
$19,000 Median Student Debt

University of Notre Dame is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Notre Dame.

Chemical Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from University of Notre Dame get an earnings boost of approximately $8,107 above the average earnings of chemical engineering graduates.

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#5

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
50 Annual Graduates
$25,500 Median Student Debt

Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Pittsburgh.

Those chemical engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from Carnegie Mellon University make $15,711 more than the standard chem eng grad.

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146 Annual Graduates
$15,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a fairly large student population.

Bachelor's recipients from the chemical engineering degree program at University of California - Berkeley make $5,756 above the average college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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185 Annual Graduates
$27,125 Median Student Debt

Georgia Tech is a very large public school located in the large city of Atlanta.

Those chemical engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus earn $10,549 more than the average chem eng grad.

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#8

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
29 Annual Graduates
$16,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.

Chemical Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from Northwestern University receive an earnings boost of approximately $6,596 above the typical income of chemical engineering majors.

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#9

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
165 Annual Graduates
$19,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the small city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public university with a fairly large student population.

Chemical Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from Purdue University - Main Campus get an earnings boost of about $10,956 over the average income of chemical engineering majors.

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232 Annual Graduates
$19,500 Median Student Debt

Texas A&M College Station is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of College Station.

Chemical Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from Texas A&M University - College Station get an earnings boost of approximately $11,099 above the typical income of chemical engineering graduates.

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#11

Rice University

Houston, TX
23 Annual Graduates
$14,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the large city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population.

Bachelor's recipients from the chemical engineering program at Rice University get $13,790 more than the average graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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164 Annual Graduates
$18,000 Median Student Debt

UT Austin is a fairly large public university located in the city of Austin.

Chemical Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from The University of Texas at Austin get an earnings boost of approximately $12,297 above the average income of chemical engineering majors.

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98 Annual Graduates
$26,950 Median Student Debt

UW - Madison is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Madison.

Those chemical engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from University of Wisconsin - Madison receive $7,499 more than the typical chem eng student.

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156 Annual Graduates
$21,470 Median Student Debt

UIUC is a fairly large public university located in the small city of Champaign.

Bachelor's recipients from the chemical engineering major at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign make $8,482 above the average college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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#15

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
24 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Stanford University

41 Annual Graduates
$17,500 Median Student Debt

WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Saint Louis.

Bachelor's recipients from the chemical engineering major at Washington University in St Louis get $8,902 above the standard graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#17

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
30 Annual Graduates
$20,085 Median Student Debt

Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.

Chemical Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from Vanderbilt University earn a boost of about $8,960 above the typical earnings of chemical engineering majors.

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#18

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Located in the small city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population.

Students who graduate with their bachelor's from the chem eng program state that they receive average early career income of $65,473.

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#19

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
46 Annual Graduates
$26,655 Median Student Debt

Lehigh is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Bethlehem.

Bachelor's recipients from the chemical engineering major at Lehigh University earn $2,282 above the standard college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#20

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Philadelphia.

Students who graduate with their bachelor's from the chem eng program report average early career income of $66,484.

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#21

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
95 Annual Graduates
$22,500 Median Student Debt

Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Blacksburg.

Those chemical engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech earn $7,794 more than the standard chem eng graduate.

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#22

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
46 Annual Graduates
$19,250 Median Student Debt

Located in the suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public university with a very large student population.

Those chemical engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from University of Virginia - Main Campus make $4,916 more than the standard chem eng grad.

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38 Annual Graduates
$16,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.

Students who graduate with their bachelor's from the chem eng program state that they receive average early career income of $66,458.

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Rest of the Top Best Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Chemical Engineering students that almost earned our Best Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
25 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
26 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
27 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
28 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY
29 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
30 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
24 Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO
25 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD

Chemical Engineering by Region

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

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One of 40 majors within the Engineering area of study, Chemical Engineering has other similar majors worth exploring.

Chem Eng Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Chemical Engineering 10,026
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering 146

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 36,809
Electrical Engineering 17,320
Civil Engineering 15,193
Computer Engineering 12,194
Biomedical Engineering 8,517
Industrial Engineering 5,876
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 5,581
General Engineering 2,652
Environmental Engineering 1,799
Materials Engineering 1,519

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 Mikulova. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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