EUGENE, Ore., Feb. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, has published a ranking of the 50 Best Bachelors in Engineering Degrees for 2017.
The United States' global competitiveness has become a national priority, and with it, efforts to increase the number of U.S. students seeking degrees in engineering and computer science, evident at the federal level in the America COMPETES Act, which authorized $43.3 billion in federal spending in science, engineering, mathematics and technology research and education programs.
There are many educational institutions of high quality that are offering bachelors degrees in engineering, and College Choice's ranking seeks to parse out what separates the very best.
"Because we know that a degree is an investment of sorts, we have factored into our rankings the cost of getting an engineering degree and the salary prospects for graduates of the various schools," Christian Amondson, Managing Editor of College Choice, said of the ranking. "And because research is such an integral part of engineering, and because schools with graduate programs tend to have more research center, labs, and institutes, we've limited our top fifty list to those schools with graduate programs."
College Choice developed its list by looking at academic quality along with return on investment—the differential between tuition costs and average early career earnings.
The ranking for the 50 Best Bachelors in Engineering Degrees for 2017 finds the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the top spot. Purdue University is in second, and Georgia Institute of Technology rounds out the top three.
The entire ranking, listed in alphabetical order, is as follows:
Arizona State University—Tempe
California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Mellon University
Colorado School of Mines
Georgia Institute of Technology
Iowa State University
Johns Hopkins University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michigan State University
North Carolina State University—Raleigh
Ohio State University—Columbus
Pennsylvania State University—University Park
Purdue University--West Lafayette
Rutgers University—New Brunswick
Texas A&M University—College Station
University of Arizona
University of California--Berkeley
University of California—Davis
University of California—Irvine
University of California—Los Angeles
University of California—San Diego
University of California—Santa Barbara
University of Colorado—Boulder
University of Delaware
University of Florida
University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign
University of Maryland—College Park
University of Michigan--Ann Arbor
University of Minnesota—Twin Cities
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Southern California
University of Texas--Austin
University of Utah
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin—Madison
College Choice is an online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The site publishes rankings and reviews that make finding the best colleges for different interests easier and more fun, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.
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