25 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering
These are the best 25 colleges that offer a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, based on median salary one year after graduation. The top ranked school is SUNY Maritime College, with a median salary of $82,800. The school with the lowest median debt for this degree is Duke University, with a debt of $10,080. The rest of the schools on the list boast median starting salaries in the $70,300-$82,800 range for students who graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Tuition, median salaries, and median debt were reported by the U.S. Department of Education in November 2019. View our methodology for more details about these rankings or read more about the top-ranked schools.
|Rank||School||Annual Tuition||Median Debt||Median Salary|
|#1||Throggs Neck (NY)||$18,432||$26,399||$82,800|
|#7||Ann Arbor (MI)||$53,232||$17,525||$74,200|
|#9||Rochester Hills (MI)||$24,708||$27,000||$73,500|
|#13||East Lansing (MI)||$40,562||$26,500||$72,600|
|#14||Needham (MA)||$58,998||Not Reported||$72,200|
|#16||College Station (TX)||$40,134||$19,000||$71,600|
|#17||San Luis Obispo (CA)||$28,105||$20,500||$71,600|
|#18||University Center (MI)||$26,144||$25,106||$71,600|
|#19||Mount Pleasant (MI)||$13,200||$28,000||$71,400|
|#20||Notre Dame (IN)||$58,843||$16,815||$71,000|
|#23||Santa Clara (CA)||$55,860||$20,500||$70,400|
2020 Best Colleges Highlights
Learn more about the top colleges for a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering degree. You can also read student reviews of each school by clicking on the stars. Although student reviews were not used as a ranking factor in this list, we provide ratings and reviews so students can consider the experience of alumni in their decision-making process.
State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College is a public college in New York City that offers a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering. Maritime offers a unique program that helps students pursue two career routes. Students interested in working onboard a commercial vessel can use the college Training Ship, the Empire State VI, to work toward a U.S. Coast Guard Engine License. Those who are more interested in a traditional college route can instead complete two professional internships.
The Maritime mechanical engineering program is accredited by ABET's Engineering Association Commission. The program aims to teach graduates how to design, service, and operate on mechanical systems, as well as develop their professional leadership qualities.
Stanford University's Mechanical Engineering program balances theoretical and practical experiences to help graduates address a wide range of professional and societal needs. The curriculum covers many disciplines, from biomedicine to computational engineering.
Students are required to complete a core curriculum, which consists of math, science, and engineering courses, as well as a concentration path. Students must select 2-3 additional courses that, when added to the concentration path, add up to a minimum of 18 units. Mechanical engineering students can choose from classes such as solid and fluid dynamics, microelectromechanical systems, propulsion, and nano and micromechanics.
The Mechanical Engineering program at California State University offers a Bachelor of Science degree. This program is backed by an assessment system that ensures continuous improvements are made to meet its educational mission.
Students at CSU Maritime have the option to pursue a less traditional non-license route in their studies. They must complete one cruise experience and two summer internships in the industry to follow that path. All curriculum paths, license and non-license, include a core curriculum as well as a two-course capstone design experience at the start of senior year.
Kettering University's mechanical engineering program offers students small classes, advanced labs, and a co-op opportunity that can give students two and a half years of experience by graduation. Employers that students have worked with include Fisher-Price, Ford Motor, and Bosch.
Kettering students also have the opportunity to pursue a specialty concentration or minor. Specialty programs include Bioengineering Applications, Alternative Energy, and Automotive Engineering Design. Mechanical engineering students can choose from many minors, including Business, Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Pre-Law.
University of Michigan - Dearborn offers a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree for Mechanical Engineering. This program is accredited by ABET's Engineering Accreditation Commission and gives students a strong foundation in the basics of engineering.
Michigan offers the largest employment of mechanical engineers in the 50 states, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Recent Dearborn graduates have established professional paths with companies such as General Electric, Bosch, Ford, U.S. Army Tank Command, and U.S. Steel.