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Top Engineering Schools in the US in 2020

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The recent QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 covers the best universities for 48 different subjects, including 502 top engineering and technology schools around the world – 91 of which are in the US.

The ranking covers five different branches of engineering – chemical, civil and structural, electrical, mechanical, and mineral and mining.

The rankings are compiled using four indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations per paper and the H-index (a way of measuring the productivity and impact of published work).  You can find out more about the methodology used here.

Top 10 universities for the Engineering and Technology subject area in the US

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

US Ranking

World Ranking

Institution

Location

1

1

Boston(MA)

2

2

3

5

San Francisco (CA)

4

12

Boston (MA)

5

13

Atlanta(GA)

6

14

7

17

8

19

Los Angeles (CA)

9

27

Champaign and Urbana (IL)

10

28=

Austin

MIT maintains its top position in the world for engineering and technology, with a perfect score for academic reputation.

Of the 91 engineering and technology schools in the US, 14 appear in the world top 50. One particularly notable entrant is Purdue University, rising 11 places in this year’s ranking to reach joint 32nd position. Columbia University drops out of the world top 50 this year, falling three places to 51-100.

See the full engineering and technology subject ranking here.`

Top Universities for Chemical Engineering

Top Five Universities for Chemical Engineering in the US

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

US Ranking 

World Ranking

Institution

Location

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Boston (MA)

2

Stanford University

San Francisco (CA)

3

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

San Francisco (CA)

4

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Los Angeles (CA)

5

15 

Princeton University

Princeton (NJ)

The chemical engineering rankings features 401 universities overall, with an impressive 85 of these located in the US.

In the US (and worldwide), MIT once again comes out on top, earning a perfect score in the academic reputation indicator, H-Index and the employer reputation indicators.

19 universities in the index are located in the world top 50. Of these, big movers in the rankings this year include Cornell University (rising eight places to 30th), University of Pennsylvania (climbing eight places to joint 40th) and the University of Delaware (falling 19 places to joint 48th).

View the full chemical engineering ranking here.

Top Universities for Civil and Structural Engineering

Top Five Universities for Civil and Structural Engineering in the US

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

Ranking 

World Ranking

Institution

Location

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Boston (MA)

2

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

San Francisco (CA)

3

13 

Stanford University

San Francisco (CA)

4

18 

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)

Atlanta (GA)

5

24 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign and Urbana (IL)

In the civil and structural engineering rankings this year, there are 203 universities featured, with 33 of these in the US. Again, MIT comes out on top worldwide and there are eight universities featured in the world top 50.

Stanford University performs well this year in 13th, and Purdue University climbs two places to reach joint 27th alongside University of Texas at Austin. Texas A&M University falls four places this year to drop out of the top 50.

See the full civil and structural engineering ranking here

Top Universities for Electrical Engineering

Top Five Universities for Electrical Engineering in the US

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

US Ranking

World Ranking

Institution

Location

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Boston (MA)

2

Stanford University

San Francisco (CA)

3

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

San Francisco (CA)

4

10 

Harvard University

Boston (MA)

5

13 

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Los Angeles (CA)

The electrical engineering subject rankings feature the most universities of any other engineering subject ranking, with 507 universities, including 81 in the US. MIT claims the top position for electrical engineering in the world.

Of the other 14 US entries in the world top 50, Harvard University drops down to 10th, after falling three places. Carnegie Mellon University also takes a knock this year, after falling eight positions to 24th. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor performs well in 2020, rising six places to 26th.

See the full electrical engineering ranking here.

Top Universities for Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering

Top Five Universities for Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering in the US

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

Ranking

World Ranking 

Institution

Location

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Boston (MA)

2

Stanford University

San Francisco (CA)

3

Harvard University

Boston (MA)

4

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

San Francisco (CA)

5

10 

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor (MI)

Of the 501 ranked mechanical, aeronautical and mechanical engineering universities in the world, 87 are in the US. MIT is in the top position in the world, closely followed by Stanford University in second place. Purdue University performs well this year, rising eight places to 20th.

Cornell University moves up eight places this year to 36th. The University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign also performs well, entering the top 50 this year after climbing 13 places in the rankings.  

See this full mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering rankings here.

Top Universities for Mineral and Mining Engineering

Top Five Universities for Mineral and Mining Engineering in the US

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019

Ranking

World Ranking

Institution

Location

1

Golden (CO)

2

13 

3

20 

Tucson (AZ)

4

22=

Blacksburg (VA)

5

28 

Boulder (CO)

The smallest of the engineering rankings, with only 50 universities featured (including seven in the US), the mineral and mining index was first published in 2016.

Colorado School of Mines comes out on top in the mineral and mining subject rankings this year, in first place both in the US and worldwide. Outside of the top five, the University of Utah and Missouri University of Science and Technology both perform well, with the former rising three places to 32nd this year, and the latter climbing five places to 43rd.

See the full mineral and mining engineering rankings here.

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Written by Chloe Lane
A Content Writer for TopUniversities.com, Chloe has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Reading and grew up in Leicestershire, UK. 

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