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2023 Best Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools

311 Colleges in the United States
36,809 Bachelor's Degrees
If you pursue a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, you won't be alone. The field of study is the #17 most popular program in the country. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.

For its 2023 ranking, College Factual looked at 311 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for mechanical engineering students pursuing a bachelor's degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 36,809 bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering during the 2020-2021 academic year.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

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

Best Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools The ME bachelor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality ME 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 include a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of various 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 much a school focuses on mechanical engineering students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of mechanical engineering students who choose to seek a bachelor's degree at the school.
  • 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 mechanical 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 mechanical engineering related body.

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

More Ways to Rank Mechanical Engineering Schools

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

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for pursuing a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. 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 for a Bachelor's in ME

134 Annual Graduates
$11,000 Median Student Debt

It's hard to beat Massachusetts Institute of Technology if you want to pursue a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge.

Bachelor's recipients from the mechanical engineering degree program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology earn $15,620 more than the typical college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#2

Duke University

Durham, NC
90 Annual Graduates
$12,485 Median Student Debt

Duke University is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Duke is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Durham.

Mechanical Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from Duke University get an earnings boost of around $6,538 over the typical income of mechanical engineering graduates.

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#3

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
62 Annual Graduates
$11,455 Median Student Debt

University of Pennsylvania is one of the best schools in the country for getting a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Philadelphia.

Bachelor's recipients from the mechanical engineering program at University of Pennsylvania earn $13,390 more than the average college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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316 Annual Graduates
$19,375 Median Student Debt

Every student pursuing a degree in a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering has to look into University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. Located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a very large student population.

Those mechanical engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor earn $10,638 more than the standard ME grad.

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#5

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
49 Annual Graduates
$11,204 Median Student Debt

Located in the large suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.

Mechanical Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from Stanford University receive an earnings boost of around $2,231 above the average earnings of mechanical engineering graduates.

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#6

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
121 Annual Graduates
$15,595 Median Student Debt

Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.

Bachelor's recipients from the mechanical engineering degree program at Cornell University make $7,338 above the typical graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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#7

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
114 Annual Graduates
$21,000 Median Student Debt

Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Notre Dame.

Mechanical Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from University of Notre Dame earn a boost of around $7,914 over the typical earnings of mechanical engineering majors.

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#8

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
395 Annual Graduates
$19,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public university with a fairly large student population.

Bachelor's recipients from the mechanical engineering major at Purdue University - Main Campus get $8,787 above the typical graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#9

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
65 Annual Graduates
$15,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.

Bachelor's recipients from the mechanical engineering program at Northwestern University make $6,160 more than the standard college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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510 Annual Graduates
$26,500 Median Student Debt

Georgia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Atlanta.

Those mechanical engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus make $5,096 more than the standard ME student.

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#11

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
121 Annual Graduates
$22,576 Median Student Debt

Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Pittsburgh.

Bachelor's recipients from the mechanical engineering major at Carnegie Mellon University earn $3,262 above the standard college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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170 Annual Graduates
$13,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a fairly large student population.

Mechanical Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from University of California - Berkeley earn a boost of approximately $9,060 over the average earnings of mechanical engineering graduates.

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96 Annual Graduates
$17,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.

Bachelor's recipients from the mechanical engineering degree program at University of Southern California earn $9,917 above the average college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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94 Annual Graduates
$21,000 Median Student Debt

WUSTL is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Saint Louis.

Those mechanical engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from Washington University in St Louis earn $2,110 more than the typical ME graduate.

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#15

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
46 Annual Graduates
$16,375 Median Student Debt

Located in the large city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.

Those mechanical engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University make $5,787 more than the average ME graduate.

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#16

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
373 Annual Graduates
$19,250 Median Student Debt

UF is a very large public university located in the midsize city of Gainesville.

Those mechanical engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from University of Florida earn $2,421 more than the typical ME student.

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#17

Rice University

Houston, TX
58 Annual Graduates
$11,017 Median Student Debt

Located in the large city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population.

Bachelor's recipients from the mechanical engineering degree program at Rice University get $5,624 above the standard graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#18

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
95 Annual Graduates
$25,948 Median Student Debt

Lehigh is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Bethlehem.

Those mechanical engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from Lehigh University earn $3,721 more than the average ME student.

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48 Annual Graduates
$19,500 Median Student Debt

Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York.

Bachelor's recipients from the mechanical engineering degree program at Columbia University in the City of New York earn $5,050 more than the standard college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#20

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
376 Annual Graduates
$24,998 Median Student Debt

Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Blacksburg.

Mechanical Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from Virginia Tech earn a boost of around $3,798 above the typical earnings of mechanical engineering majors.

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274 Annual Graduates
$20,500 Median Student Debt

UT Austin is a very large public university located in the city of Austin.

Bachelor's recipients from the mechanical engineering program at The University of Texas at Austin earn $8,446 above the typical college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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154 Annual Graduates
$18,204 Median Student Debt

UCLA is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Los Angeles.

Those mechanical engineering students who get their bachelor's degree from University of California - Los Angeles receive $4,081 more than the typical ME grad.

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#23

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
49 Annual Graduates
$14,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.

Bachelor's recipients from the mechanical engineering major at Vanderbilt University get $4,829 more than the average college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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134 Annual Graduates
$26,000 Median Student Debt

Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Terre Haute.

Bachelor's recipients from the mechanical engineering degree program at Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology get $7,540 above the typical college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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183 Annual Graduates
$22,752 Median Student Debt

UW - Madison is a very large public university located in the city of Madison.

Mechanical Engineering bachelor's degree recipients from University of Wisconsin - Madison earn a boost of about $5,423 above the typical earnings of mechanical engineering majors.

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Rest of the Top Best Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools

#27

Olin College

Needham, MA
#28

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
#29

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
#31

Boston University

Boston, MA

#40

Tufts University

Medford, MA

#42

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
#43

Clemson University

Clemson, SC
#44

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

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 Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
47 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
48 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
49 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
50 Northeastern University Boston, MA
51 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
52 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
53 George Washington University Washington, DC
54 Harvard University Cambridge, MA
55 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
56 Auburn University Auburn, AL
57 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
58 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO
59 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
60 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
61 New York University New York, NY
62 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX

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 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
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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Michel Villeneuve. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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