Mechanical Rankings

Mechanical engineering includes the study of thermal and mechanical systems. 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, Massachusetts, just across the Charles River from downtown Boston.

In-state tuition and fees:
$13,819 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$40,496 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
27,979
Setting:
city
#2

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.

In-state tuition and fees:
$10,650 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$29,954 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
14,527
Setting:
urban
#3

Georgia Institute of Technology was established in 1885 as a public institution. Georgia Institute of Technology follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered most selective.

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:
$12,864 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$35,742 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
25,774
Setting:
urban
#4

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:
$15,258 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$29,640 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
32,281
Setting:
city
#6

Founded in 1867, University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign is a public institution. University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign follows a semester-based academic calendar and its admissions are considered more selective.

In-state tuition and fees:
$9,992 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$28,794 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
30,147
Setting:
city
#7

Purdue University--West Lafayette is a public institution that was founded in 1869. The school has 38.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio at Purdue University--West Lafayette is 14:1.

Tuition and fees:
$41,538 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
997
Setting:
suburban
#8

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, California, 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
#9

A public institution, University of Texas--Austin was founded in 1883. University of Texas--Austin offers a Greek system, where 4.9 percent of the student body is involved in a sorority and 3.4 percent is involved in a fraternity.

Tuition and fees:
$45,359 (2013-14)
Enrollment:
14,261
Setting:
rural
#10

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.

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