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2023 Best General Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools

77 Colleges in the United States
2,652 Bachelor's Degrees
If you plan on getting your bachelor's degree in general engineering, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #116 in the country in terms of popularity. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

In 2023, College Factual analyzed 77 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best General Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 2,652 bachelor's degrees in general engineering to qualified students.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

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

Best General Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools The engineering bachelor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality engineering 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 take this into account we consider a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of different 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 general engineering students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other general 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 general 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 general engineering related body.

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

One Size Does Not Fit All

The 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 General Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools.

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 General Engineering in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing a bachelor's degree in general 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 Engineering

#1

Brown University

Providence, RI
70 Annual Graduates
$14,750 Median Student Debt

Every student pursuing a degree in a bachelor's degree in general engineering needs to take a look at Brown University. Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Providence.

General Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from Brown University get an earnings boost of approximately $9,030 above the average income of general engineering majors.

More information about a bachelor’s in general engineering from Brown University

#2

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
22 Annual Graduates

It's hard to beat Carnegie Mellon University if you want to pursue a bachelor's degree in general engineering. Carnegie Mellon is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Pittsburgh.More information about a bachelor’s in general engineering from Carnegie Mellon University

#3

Olin College

Needham, MA
33 Annual Graduates
$14,492 Median Student Debt

Olin College is a good decision for individuals interested in a bachelor's degree in general engineering. Olin College is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large suburb of Needham.

General Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from Olin College receive an earnings boost of approximately $29,799 above the typical earnings of general engineering graduates.

More information about a bachelor’s in general engineering from Olin College

#4

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA
58 Annual Graduates
$20,321 Median Student Debt

Every student pursuing a degree in a bachelor's degree in general engineering needs to look into Harvey Mudd College. Located in the large suburb of Claremont, Harvey Mudd College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

Those general engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from Harvey Mudd College receive $20,395 more than the typical engineering grad.

More information about a bachelor’s in general engineering from Harvey Mudd College

123 Annual Graduates
$13,707 Median Student Debt

UC Davis is a fairly large public university located in the small suburb of Davis.

Those general engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from University of California - Davis make $12,934 more than the typical engineering student.

More information about a bachelor’s in general engineering from University of California - Davis

#6

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
2 Annual Graduates

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

#7

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
6 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 general engineering from Northwestern University

#8

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay, MA
60 Annual Graduates

Located in the medium-sized suburb of Buzzards Bay, Maritime is a public school with a small student population.More information about a bachelor’s in general engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy

35 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Boulder, CU - Boulder is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a bachelor’s in general engineering from University of Colorado Boulder

#10

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
5 Annual Graduates

SCU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Santa Clara.More information about a bachelor’s in general engineering from Santa Clara University

149 Annual Graduates
$27,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public university with a fairly large student population.

Bachelor's recipients from the general engineering major at Arizona State University - Tempe earn $2,008 more than the average college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

More information about a bachelor’s in general engineering from Arizona State University - Tempe

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
12 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
13 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
14 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
15 Ohio University - Athens Campus Athens, OH
16 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
17 Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA
18 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
19 Lafayette College Easton, PA

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

Engineering Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Engineering 2,464
Applied Engineering 164
Pre-Engineering 24

Majors Similar to Engineering

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
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 Rémi Kaupp. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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