Industrial Engineering

2022 Best Industrial Engineering Schools

110 Colleges in the United States
9,063 IE Degrees Awarded
$64,716 Avg Early-Career Salary
Industrial Engineering is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #86 most popular degree program in the country. As a result, there are many college that offer the degree, making your choice of school a hard one.

College Factual looked at 110 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Industrial Engineering Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 9,063 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

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.

16 Top Schools in IE

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
112 IE Degrees Awarded

Every student who is interested in industrial engineering has to take a look at Northwestern University. Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were about 112 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year. Those industrial engineering students who get their degree from Northwestern University earn $11,684 more than the standard IE grad.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In NY
112 IE Degrees Awarded

Any student who is interested in industrial engineering needs to look into Columbia University in the City of New York. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York. A Best Schools rank of #22 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were roughly 112 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
473 IE Degrees Awarded

Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus is a great decision for students interested in a degree in industrial engineering. Georgia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the large 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 approximately 473 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 program at Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus get $8,784 more than the average college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
273 IE Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat University of Michigan - Ann Arbor if you wish to pursue a degree in industrial engineering. Located in the medium-sized 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 colleges nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were approximately 273 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the industrial engineering program at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor get $15,484 more than the average college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
94 IE Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #33 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were roughly 94 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent data year. Those industrial engineering students who get their degree from University of Southern California make $8,884 more than the typical IE graduate.

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#6

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
132 IE Degrees Awarded

Lehigh is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Bethlehem. A Best Schools rank of #57 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Lehigh is a great university overall.

There were roughly 132 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at Lehigh in the most recent data year. Those industrial engineering students who get their degree from Lehigh University make $5,584 more than the standard IE graduate.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
184 IE Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #58 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Northeastern is a great university overall.

There were about 184 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at Northeastern in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the IE program state that they receive average early career income of $64,100.

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#8

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In VA
235 IE Degrees Awarded

Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg. This school ranks 3rd out of 73 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 235 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at Virginia Tech in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WI
155 IE Degrees Awarded

UW - Madison is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Madison. A Best Schools rank of #69 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UW - Madison is a great university overall.

There were about 155 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent data year.

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#10

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IN
378 IE Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 48 colleges for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

There were approximately 378 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at Purdue in the most recent year we have data available.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In MA
$27,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the medium-sized city of Worcester, WPI is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. A Best Schools rank of #64 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means WPI is a great school overall.

There were roughly 30 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at WPI in the most recent year we have data available.

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#12

Clemson University

Clemson, SC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
270 IE Degrees Awarded

Clemson is a fairly large public university located in the large suburb of Clemson. This university ranks 2nd out of 50 colleges for overall quality in the state of South Carolina.

There were roughly 270 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at Clemson in the most recent data year. Soon after graduating, IE degree recipients usually make an average of $65,500 in their early careers.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In TX

UT Austin is a very large public university located in the city of Austin. A Best Schools rank of #52 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UT Austin is a great university overall.

There were roughly 28 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at UT Austin in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX
297 IE Degrees Awarded

Texas A&M College Station is a very large public university located in the city of College Station. This university ranks 3rd out of 136 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were about 297 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at Texas A&M College Station in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
101 IE Degrees Awarded

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a fairly large public university located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo. This university ranks 13th out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 101 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the most recent data year. Industrial Engineering degree recipients from California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo receive an earnings boost of around $4,384 above the average earnings of industrial engineering graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
85 IE Degrees Awarded

UIUC is a very large public university located in the city of Champaign. A Best Schools rank of #68 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UIUC is a great university overall.

There were roughly 85 industrial engineering students who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent year we have data available. Those industrial engineering students who get their degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign earn $7,884 more than the standard IE graduate.

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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
17 Kettering University Flint, MI
18 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
19 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
20 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
21 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
22 SUNY Maritime College Throggs Neck, NY
23 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
24 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
25 Iowa State University Ames, IA

Industrial Engineering by Region

View the Best Industrial Engineering 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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Industrial Engineering is one of 40 different types of Engineering programs to choose from.

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
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 7,535
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).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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