When looking to study engineering, it is always a good idea to scope out the engineering schools that offer excellent programs and that appeal to your requirements regarding area and specialization. Here is a list of the best engineering schools in the US to give you somewhere to start.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT offers an excellent engineering school with around 45% of enrolled students at the university opting for this course. Around 2,800 students are enrolled at MIT particularly to study at the School of Engineering. There are 15 areas available in which to earn degrees, almost all of which are highly ranked. Around a third of the faculty at MIT work directly with the School of Engineering and the 20 research centres on the campus. Ocean engineering, cancer research and soldier nanotechnologies are just a few of the research projects currently available. The university also offers a career reengineering program for students who are working in engineering but are looking to change their field. Graduate students are able to live on campus in Cambridge during the course of their studies.

Stanford University

Stanford offers a number of engineering courses such as aeronautical and astronautical engineering, bioengineering, environmental engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, materials engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and petroleum engineering. They are ranked number 2 in the engineering field when it comes to universities in the US. Around 3500 students are studying at the university in the engineering field at any one time with a gender split of around 35% female to 65% male. The school offers programs for local and foreign students.

University of California – Berkeley

This university offers 8 areas of study in the engineering field including applied science and technology and industrial engineering and operations research. A masters degree takes 1 to 2 years depending on the program. Studies must also include 2 minors which need not be in the field of engineering. There are 40 research centres and graduate students can live on the campus while studying.

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon offers 10 interdisciplinary majors which are completed in conjunction with the Tepper School of business. Students can complete research-based or course-based degrees. Most fields also offer PhD level programs. Students are also able to enjoy research and study in Chile, Portugal and Japan if they wish to get a more global feel for their engineering field of study. There are 30 research centres on campus and while students cannot live on campus, there are facilities in the nearby Silicon Valley for students to be accommodated.

California Institute of Technology

CalTech is well known for being a science powerhouse with a Division for Engineering and Applied Science specifically for graduate students, and a chemical engineering program run separately. Degrees available to students include a master of science in 1 year and a special engineer’s degree in aeronautical, electrical, civil, or mechanical engineering in 2 years. Part-time study is available as well as PhD programs. On-campus research centres include the Center for Neuromorphic Systems Engineering and the Center for the Science and Engineering of Materials among others. There is university-owned housing available for students with a residential campus in Pasadena. After graduation students are invited to campus annually to discuss new breakthroughs and mingle with other alumni.

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan College of Engineering offers master’s, doctoral and interdisciplinary programs. Most classes centre around project-based learning. There is a designated residential area on campus and many faculty members also stay on-site. The university offers various mentorship and assistance programs for students.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Tech College of Engineering has more than 20 different degree options. These include aerospace engineering to biomedical engineering research. The Institute offers masters and doctorate degrees and includes dual programs with other schools such as TU-Munich in Germany and Institut d’Electronique de Microelectronique et de Nanotechnologies in France. Students can be accommodated on campus. More than 65% of students who graduate from this college are focussed on the engineering fields.