Materials Rankings

Materials engineers study and work with plastics, ceramics, steel and more. These are the top undergraduate schools for materials engineering, 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, Massachusetts, just across the Charles River from downtown Boston.

In-state tuition and fees:
$15,258 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$29,640 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
32,281
Setting:
city
#2

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:
$12,864 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$35,742 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
25,774
Setting:
urban
#3

The University of California—Berkeley overlooks the San Francisco Bay in Berkeley, Calif. Students at this public school have more than 700 organizations to get involved in, including more than 55 fraternity and sorority chapters.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,650 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$29,954 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
14,527
Setting:
urban
#4

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.

Tuition and fees:
$45,527 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
8,600
Setting:
suburban
#4

Northwestern University is a private school in Evanston, Ill., about 30 minutes outside of Chicago. Undergraduate students have more than 70 options for majors or can design their own non-traditional degree program.

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:
$13,819 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$40,496 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
27,979
Setting:
city
#7

University of Michigan--Ann Arbor is a public institution that was founded in 1817. The school has 45.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at University of Michigan--Ann Arbor is 16:1.

Tuition and fees:
$45,359 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
14,261
Setting:
rural
#8

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University, a private school in Ithaca, N.Y., started the country’s first colleges for hotel administration, industrial and labor relations, and veterinary medicine. Cornell now offers a wide variety of undergraduate programs and runs interdisciplinary research centers for nanotechnology, supercomputing, and more.

Tuition and fees:
$46,962 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
6,279
Setting:
urban
#9

Carnegie Mellon University, a private institution in Pittsburgh, Pa., is the country’s only school founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The school specializes in academic areas including engineering, business, computer science, and fine arts.

In-state tuition and fees:
$16,992 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$29,566 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
39,192
Setting:
city
#10

Pennsylvania State University--University Park has a total undergraduate enrollment of 39,192, with a gender distribution of 53.8 percent male students and 46.2 percent female students. At this school, 36 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 64 percent of students live off campus.

In-state tuition and fees:
$6,263 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$28,541 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
32,776
Setting:
suburban
#10

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Founded in 1853, University of Florida is a public institution. University of Florida follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

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