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2024 Best Industrial Engineering Schools

94 Colleges in the United States
9,072 IE Degrees Awarded
$68,960 Avg Early-Career Salary
A degree in industrial engineering is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #87 out of 395 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.

College Factual looked at 94 colleges and universities when compiling its 2024 Best Industrial Engineering Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 9,072 degrees in industrial engineering to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Industrial Engineering School

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

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.

Industrial Engineering Rankings by Degree Level

Bachelor's Degrees in IE
Master's Degrees in IE
Doctor's Degrees in IE

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Industrial Engineering Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that 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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Best Schools for Industrial Engineering in the United States

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the ie degrees they offer, see the list below. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

14 Top Schools in IE

1
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
91 IE Degrees Awarded
$84,644 Median Starting Salary

Any student who is interested in industrial engineering has to take a look at Northwestern University. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #5 out of 2,238 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were about 91 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year. Industrial Engineering degree recipients from Northwestern University earn a boost of around $15,684 over the average income of industrial engineering graduates.

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2
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In NY
123 IE Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in industrial engineering has to check out Columbia University in the City of New York. Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York. A Best Colleges rank of #16 out of 2,238 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were about 123 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year.

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3
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
296 IE Degrees Awarded
7.8% Growth in Graduates

It is difficult to beat University of Michigan - Ann Arbor if you wish to pursue a degree in industrial engineering. Located in the city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #20 out of 2,238 schools nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were approximately 296 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent year we have data available. Industrial Engineering degree recipients from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor earn a boost of around $17,155 above the typical earnings of industrial engineering graduates.

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4
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
430 IE Degrees Awarded
$82,148 Median Starting Salary

Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus is a good choice for students interested in a degree in industrial engineering. Georgia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Atlanta. A Best Colleges rank of #23 out of 2,238 colleges nationwide means Georgia Tech is a great school overall.

There were roughly 430 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at Georgia Tech in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the industrial engineering major at Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus make $13,187 more than the standard graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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5
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
402 IE Degrees Awarded
9.5% Growth in Graduates

Texas A&M College Station is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of College Station. A Best Colleges rank of #42 out of 2,238 colleges nationwide means Texas A&M College Station is a great university overall.

There were approximately 402 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at Texas A&M College Station in the most recent data year. Those industrial engineering students who get their degree from Texas A&M University - College Station receive $7,249 more than the typical ie student.

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6
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
107 IE Degrees Awarded
12.1% Growth in Graduates

Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #12 out of 2,238 schools nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were about 107 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates who receive their degree from the ie program earn an average of $70,709 for their early career.

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Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
243 IE Degrees Awarded
3.3% Growth in Graduates

Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg. This school ranks 2nd out of 65 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 243 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at Virginia Tech in the most recent data year. Graduates who receive their degree from the ie program make around $70,925 in their early career salary.

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8
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
369 IE Degrees Awarded
$70,780 Median Starting Salary

Located in the city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #40 out of 2,238 colleges nationwide means Purdue is a great university overall.

There were roughly 369 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at Purdue in the most recent data year. Graduates who receive their degree from the ie program make around $70,780 in their early career salary.

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9
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
150 IE Degrees Awarded
$74,061 Median Starting Salary

UW - Madison is a fairly large public university located in the city of Madison. A Best Colleges rank of #29 out of 2,238 colleges nationwide means UW - Madison is a great university overall.

There were about 150 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent data year. Industrial Engineering degree recipients from University of Wisconsin - Madison get an earnings boost of around $5,101 above the typical income of industrial engineering majors.

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10
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Clemson University
Clemson, SC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
235 IE Degrees Awarded
$84,329 Median Starting Salary

Clemson is a very large public university located in the large suburb of Clemson. This university ranks 1st out of 44 schools for overall quality in the state of South Carolina.

There were roughly 235 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at Clemson in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the industrial engineering major at Clemson University make $15,369 above the typical graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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11
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
110 IE Degrees Awarded
22.7% Growth in Graduates

UIUC is a fairly large public university located in the small city of Champaign. A Best Colleges rank of #36 out of 2,238 schools nationwide means UIUC is a great university overall.

There were about 110 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates who receive their degree from the ie program make around $68,901 in their early career salary.

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12
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
92 IE Degrees Awarded
2.2% Growth in Graduates

UW Seattle is a very large public university located in the city of Seattle. A Best Colleges rank of #31 out of 2,238 colleges nationwide means UW Seattle is a great university overall.

There were roughly 92 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at UW Seattle in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the industrial engineering program at University of Washington - Seattle Campus make $28,290 above the average college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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13
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
116 IE Degrees Awarded
9.5% Growth in Graduates

UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public university located in the city of Minneapolis. This university ranks 1st out of 55 schools for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There were about 116 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at UMN Twin Cities in the most recent data year. Students who receive their degree from the ie program earn about $67,765 in their early career salary.

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14
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Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
96 IE Degrees Awarded
$75,456 Median Starting Salary

Lehigh is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Bethlehem. This university ranks 5th out of 117 schools for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were about 96 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at Lehigh in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the industrial engineering program at Lehigh University make $6,496 more than the typical college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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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 Industrial Engineering Schools award.

Rank College Location
15 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
16 Auburn University Auburn, AL
17 Iowa State University Ames, IA
18 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
19 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
20 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
21 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
22 Northeastern University Boston, MA
23 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX

Industrial Engineering by Region

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Region
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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Other U.S. Territories
Great Lakes

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One of 41 majors within the Engineering area of study, Industrial Engineering has other similar majors worth exploring.

IE Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Industrial Engineering 9,072

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 46,178
Electrical Engineering 28,844
Civil Engineering 21,388
Computer Engineering 17,987
Chemical Engineering 12,917
Biomedical Engineering 12,811
General Engineering 11,796
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 8,001
Systems Engineering 3,904
Materials Engineering 3,415

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