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2023 Best Environmental Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools

78 Colleges in the United States
1,799 Bachelor's Degrees
Environmental Engineering is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #136 most popular bachelor's degree program in the country. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

College Factual reviewed 78 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for bachelor's degree seekers in the field of environmental engineering. Combined, these schools handed out 1,799 bachelor's degrees in environmental engineering to qualified students.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

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

Best Environmental Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools Your choice of environmental engineering for getting your bachelor's degree school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. 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 good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we consider a school'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 many resources a school devotes to environmental engineering students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other environmental engineering students want to attend this school to pursue a bachelor's degree.
  • 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 environmental 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 environmental engineering related body.

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

One Size Does Not Fit All

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

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

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

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for pursuing a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering. 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 for a Bachelor's in Environmental Engineering

9 Annual Graduates

Any student who is interested in a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering has to look into Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge.More information about a bachelor’s in environmental engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

43 Annual Graduates
$29,750 Median Student Debt

Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering. Georgia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Atlanta.

Environmental Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus get an earnings boost of approximately $4,592 above the average earnings of environmental engineering majors.

More information about a bachelor’s in environmental engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus

39 Annual Graduates
$20,263 Median Student Debt

Any student who is interested in a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering has to take a look at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. Located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a fairly large student population.

Students who graduate with their bachelor's from the environmental engineering program report average early career wages of $56,501.

More information about a bachelor’s in environmental engineering from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

#4

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
46 Annual Graduates
$18,292 Median Student Debt

Purdue University - Main Campus is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering. Located in the city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public university with a fairly large student population.

Environmental Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from Purdue University - Main Campus receive an earnings boost of about $7,221 above the typical earnings of environmental engineering majors.

More information about a bachelor’s in environmental engineering from Purdue University - Main Campus

#5

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
11 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University

#6

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
56 Annual Graduates
$27,500 Median Student Debt

UF is a very large public university located in the city of Gainesville.

Students who graduate with their bachelor's from the environmental engineering program state that they receive average early career earnings of $56,025.

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#7

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
37 Annual Graduates
$16,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.

Those environmental engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from Cornell University make $6,136 more than the average environmental engineering grad.

More information about a bachelor’s in environmental engineering from Cornell University

10 Annual Graduates

Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York.More information about a bachelor’s in environmental engineering from Columbia University in the City of New York

13 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in environmental engineering from University of Southern California

33 Annual Graduates
$26,670 Median Student Debt

Mines is a medium-sized public school located in the large suburb of Golden.

Bachelor's graduates who receive their degree from the environmental engineering program make an average of $55,990 for their early career.

More information about a bachelor’s in environmental engineering from Colorado School of Mines

#11

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
12 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in environmental engineering from Northwestern University

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
12 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
13 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
14 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
15 Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
16 Tufts University Medford, MA
17 Clemson University Clemson, SC
18 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
19 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA

Environmental Engineering by Region

View the Best Environmental Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
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, Environmental Engineering has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 36,809
Electrical Engineering 17,320
Civil Engineering 15,193
Computer Engineering 12,194
Chemical Engineering 10,172
Biomedical Engineering 8,517
Industrial Engineering 5,876
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 5,581
General Engineering 2,652
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 U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alesia Goosic. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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