Mechanical Engineering

2022 Best Mechanical Engineering Schools

326 Colleges in the United States
47,427 ME Degrees Awarded
$64,495 Avg Early-Career Salary
Mechanical Engineering is of the hottest degree programs in the United States, coming in as the #20 most popular major in the country. So, there are lots of possibilities to explore when you're trying to determine where you want to get your degree.

College Factual reviewed 326 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for degree seekers in the field of mechanical engineering. Combined, these schools handed out 47,427 degrees in mechanical engineering to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Mechanical Engineering School

Best Mechanical Engineering Schools The ME program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Mechanical Engineering rankings. We derive our Best Overall Mechanical Engineering School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Pick Your Mechanical Engineering Degree Level

The ME 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 Mechanical Engineering Schools. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

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Best Schools for Mechanical Engineering in the United States

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the ME degree levels they offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in ME

#1

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In CA
274 ME Degrees Awarded

Stanford University is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in mechanical engineering. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Stanford. A Best Schools rank of #3 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were roughly 274 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent year we have data available.

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#2

Olin College

Needham, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
13th Most Popular In MA
36 ME Degrees Awarded

Every student who is interested in mechanical engineering has to take a look at Olin College. Located in the suburb of Needham, Olin College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

There were about 36 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Olin College in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
334 ME Degrees Awarded

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a great option for students pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. Located in the city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #2 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

There were roughly 334 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at MIT in the most recent year we have data available. Mechanical Engineering degree recipients from Massachusetts Institute of Technology receive an earnings boost of around $31,138 above the typical income of mechanical engineering graduates.

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#4

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In NJ
82 ME Degrees Awarded

Princeton University is a wonderful choice for students pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. Princeton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Princeton. A Best Schools rank of #12 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Princeton is a great university overall.

There were roughly 82 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Princeton in the most recent year we have data available.

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#5

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
149 ME Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #9 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were roughly 149 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year. Mechanical Engineering degree recipients from Duke University get an earnings boost of around $9,005 over the typical income of mechanical engineering graduates.

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#6

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
141 ME Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #15 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were approximately 141 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent year we have data available. Mechanical Engineering degree recipients from University of Notre Dame receive an earnings boost of around $6,505 over the typical earnings of mechanical engineering graduates.

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#7

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
246 ME Degrees Awarded

Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Ithaca. A Best Schools rank of #16 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were approximately 246 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available. Those mechanical engineering students who get their degree from Cornell University make $11,805 more than the average ME graduate.

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#8

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
128 ME Degrees Awarded

Northwestern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Evanston. A Best Schools rank of #14 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were approximately 128 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available. After graduation, ME degree recipients generally make around $66,100 in the first five years of their career.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
494 ME Degrees Awarded

U-M is a very large public university located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor. This university ranks 1st out of 67 schools for overall quality in the state of Michigan.

There were about 494 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the mechanical engineering major at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor get $15,555 more than the typical college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#10

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
120 ME Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were roughly 120 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the mechanical engineering program at University of Pennsylvania earn $6,555 above the typical college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#11

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
157 ME Degrees Awarded

Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Baltimore. A Best Schools rank of #19 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

There were about 157 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the mechanical engineering degree program at Johns Hopkins University make $13,055 more than the typical graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
161 ME Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 55 colleges for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

There were approximately 161 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at WUSTL in the most recent year we have data available. After graduating, ME degree recipients generally earn around $65,800 in the first five years of their career.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
368 ME Degrees Awarded

UC Berkeley is a very large public university located in the city of Berkeley. This university ranks 8th out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 368 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent data year. Mechanical Engineering degree recipients from University of California - Berkeley earn a boost of approximately $10,755 over the typical income of mechanical engineering graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
25th Most Popular In CA
34 ME Degrees Awarded

Caltech is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Pasadena. A Best Schools rank of #17 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Caltech is a great school overall.

There were roughly 34 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Caltech in the most recent data year.

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#15

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
305 ME Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 134 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were approximately 305 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Carnegie Mellon in the most recent year we have data available. Those mechanical engineering students who get their degree from Carnegie Mellon University earn $9,805 more than the standard ME grad.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
842 ME Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population. This school ranks 1st out of 80 schools for overall quality in the state of Georgia.

There were about 842 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Georgia Tech in the most recent year we have data available. Mechanical Engineering degree recipients from Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus receive an earnings boost of approximately $11,105 over the typical income of mechanical engineering majors.

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#17

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In TN
67 ME Degrees Awarded

Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Nashville. This university ranks 1st out of 50 schools for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

There were roughly 67 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
156 ME Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Terre Haute, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

There were about 156 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology in the most recent year we have data available. Mechanical Engineering degree recipients from Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology get an earnings boost of about $4,405 over the typical income of mechanical engineering majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
205 ME Degrees Awarded

USC is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles. This university ranks 9th out of 203 schools for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 205 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the mechanical engineering program at University of Southern California earn $9,205 above the typical college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
226 ME Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 226 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the mechanical engineering program at Columbia University in the City of New York make $8,605 more than the typical college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In TX
344 ME Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 136 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were about 344 mechanical 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
264 ME Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 11th out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 264 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the mechanical engineering program at University of California - Los Angeles earn $20,372 above the standard college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#23

Rice University

Houston, TX
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
15th Most Popular In TX
60 ME Degrees Awarded

Rice is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Houston. This university ranks 1st out of 136 schools for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were roughly 60 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Rice in the most recent data year.

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#24

Tufts University

Medford, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
73 ME Degrees Awarded

Tufts is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Medford. This university ranks 6th out of 72 colleges for overall quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were roughly 73 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Tufts in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the ME program report average early career wages of $65,600.

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#25

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
12th Most Popular In MA

Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Cambridge. A Best Schools rank of #10 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were approximately 19 mechanical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent data year.

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Rest of the Top Best Mechanical Engineering Schools

#25

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
#27

Kettering University

Flint, MI
#29

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#31

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

#32

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

#33

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#34

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
#37

Boston University

Boston, MA
#38

Lafayette College

Easton, PA
#40

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

#42

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#44

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA
#47

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#48

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Mechanical Engineering Schools award.

Rank College Location
49 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
50 California State University Maritime Academy Vallejo, CA
51 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
52 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
53 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
54 Iowa State University Ames, IA
55 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
56 SUNY Maritime College Throggs Neck, NY
57 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
58 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
59 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
60 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO
61 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
62 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
63 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
64 Clemson University Clemson, SC
65 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA

Mechanical 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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Mechanical Engineering is one of 40 different types of Engineering programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Electrical Engineering 30,359
Civil Engineering 21,469
Computer Engineering 16,693
Chemical Engineering 13,575
Biomedical Engineering 12,198
General Engineering 11,110
Industrial Engineering 9,063
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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Michel Villeneuve.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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