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2023 Best Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools

85 Colleges in the United States
5,876 Bachelor's Degrees
Industrial Engineering is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #71 most popular bachelor's degree program in the country. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

For its 2023 ranking, College Factual looked at 85 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for industrial engineering students pursuing a bachelor's degree. Combined, these schools handed out 5,876 bachelor's degrees in industrial engineering to qualified students.

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

Best Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools The IE bachelor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality IE 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

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

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

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on industrial engineering students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of industrial engineering students who choose to seek a bachelor's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Student Debt - How much debt industrial engineering students go into to obtain their bachelor's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized industrial engineering related body.

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

One Size Does Not Fit All

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools list to help you make the college 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 Industrial Engineering in the United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for industrial 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.

12 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in IE

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
72 Annual Graduates
$17,831 Median Student Debt

It is hard to beat Northwestern University if you want to pursue a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. Northwestern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Evanston.

Industrial Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from Northwestern University get an earnings boost of approximately $18,142 above the average earnings of industrial engineering graduates.

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187 Annual Graduates
$20,000 Median Student Debt

Any student pursuing a degree in a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering has to look into University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. U-M is a very large public university located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor.

Those industrial engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor receive $9,142 more than the typical IE graduate.

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338 Annual Graduates
$23,500 Median Student Debt

Every student pursuing a degree in a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering has to check out Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus. Located in the city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a very large student population.

Those industrial engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus earn $7,852 more than the typical IE student.

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#4

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
205 Annual Graduates
$24,000 Median Student Debt

Any student pursuing a degree in a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering has to check out Virginia Tech. Located in the city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Those industrial engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech make $4,423 more than the standard IE grad.

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87 Annual Graduates
$21,500 Median Student Debt

USC is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles.

Those industrial engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from University of Southern California make $4,207 more than the typical IE student.

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217 Annual Graduates
$20,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of College Station, Texas A&M College Station is a public university with a very large student population.

Students who graduate with their bachelor's from the IE program report average early career earnings of $67,166.

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105 Annual Graduates
$20,500 Median Student Debt

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

Bachelor's recipients from the industrial engineering major at University of Wisconsin - Madison make $7,559 above the typical college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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#8

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
52 Annual Graduates
$22,115 Median Student Debt

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

Those industrial engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from Lehigh University earn $5,567 more than the typical IE graduate.

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#9

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
264 Annual Graduates
$19,750 Median Student Debt

Purdue is a fairly large public university located in the small city of West Lafayette.

Industrial Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from Purdue University - Main Campus get an earnings boost of around $4,278 above the average income of industrial engineering majors.

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#10

Clemson University

Clemson, SC
160 Annual Graduates
$24,756 Median Student Debt

Located in the suburb of Clemson, Clemson is a public university with a fairly large student population.

Bachelor's graduates who receive their degree from the IE program earn around $65,182 in the first couple years of working.

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80 Annual Graduates
$19,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public university with a very large student population.

Those industrial engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign receive $2,399 more than the average IE grad.

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88 Annual Graduates
$21,939 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public university with a fairly large student population.

After graduation, IE bachelor's recipients typically make around $67,765 at the beginning of their careers.

More information about a bachelor’s in industrial engineering from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
13 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
14 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
15 Iowa State University Ames, IA
16 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
17 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
18 Auburn University Auburn, AL
19 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
20 Northeastern University Boston, MA
21 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY

Industrial Engineering by Region

View the Best Industrial 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, Industrial Engineering has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to IE

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
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). More about our data sources and methodologies.

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