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These programs train students in the science of flight, both for aircraft and spacecraft vehicles. These are the top undergraduate schools where the highest engineering degree offered is a doctorate.

Tuition and fees:
$43,498 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
4,503
Setting:
urban
#1

Though the Massachusetts Institute of Technology may be best known for its math, science, and engineering education, this private research university also offers architecture, humanities, management, and social science programs. The school is located in Cambridge, Mass., just across the Charles River from downtown Boston.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,650 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$29,954 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
14,527
Setting:
urban
#2

A public institution, Georgia Institute of Technology was founded in 1885. Georgia Institute of Technology offers a Greek system, where 29 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 23 percent is involved in a fraternity.

In-state tuition and fees:
$13,819 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$40,496 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
27,979
Setting:
city
#3

University of Michigan--Ann Arbor has a total undergraduate enrollment of 27,979, with a gender distribution of 51.2 percent male students and 48.8 percent female students. At this school, 34 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 66 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$43,245 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
7,063
Setting:
suburban
#4

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

The sunny campus of Stanford University is located in California’s Bay Area, about 30 miles from San Francisco. The private institution stresses a multidisciplinary combination of teaching, learning, and research, and students have many opportunities to get involved in research projects.

In-state tuition and fees:
$15,258 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$29,640 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
32,281
Setting:
city
#5

University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign is a public institution that was founded in 1867. The school has 42 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign is 19:1.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,992 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$28,794 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
30,147
Setting:
city
#6

Purdue University--West Lafayette was established in 1869 as a public institution. Purdue University--West Lafayette follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered selective.

Tuition and fees:
$41,538 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
997
Setting:
suburban
#7

The California Institute of Technology focuses on science and engineering education and has a low student-to-faculty ratio of 3:1. This private institution in Pasadena, Calif. is actively involved in research projects with grants from NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,790 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$33,824 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
39,955
Setting:
city
#8

University of Texas--Austin has a total undergraduate enrollment of 39,955, with a gender distribution of 48.5 percent male students and 51.5 percent female students. At this school, 19 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 81 percent of students live off campus.

Tuition and fees:
$40,170 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
5,336
Setting:
suburban
#9

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

The ivy-covered campus of Princeton University, a private institution, is located in the quiet town of Princeton, N.J. Princeton was the first university to offer a “no loan” policy to financially needy students, giving grants instead of loans to accepted students who need help paying tuition.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,162 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$28,348 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
26,487
Setting:
suburban
#10

University of Maryland--College Park is a public institution that was founded in 1856. The school has 36.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of Maryland--College Park is 18:1.

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