Top Chemical Engineering Colleges

As a chemical engineering major, you’ll learn the advanced mathematical and scientific concepts behind the production of anything from prescription drugs to fuel to the food on your dinner table. To do so, you will take courses such as: Fluid Mechanics, Polymer Processing, Pharmaceuticals, Thermodynamics, and Computer Applications in Chemical Processing.

Earning a degree in chemical engineering will prepare students for careers in a variety of settings including: pharmaceuticals, food industries, nuclear plants, chemical manufacturers, or in the petroleum and natural gas industry.

What do you need to make it in a Chemical Engineering program?

Future chemical engineers need to be extremely strong students of advanced mathematics and advanced science. Additionally, because many engineers work in manufacturing and are thus supervising others, problem-solving and interpersonal skills are essential.

Your Chemical Engineering College Checklist:

  • How are your prospective colleges viewed by employers in the field?
  • What is the professional background of the faculty? Do they have direction connections to industry?
  • How many students are in each class?
  • Do they offer a combined Bachelor's/Master's program in chemical engineering?
  • What internship opportunities are available to undergraduate students?
  • Do they have the most up-to-date computers and technology that help prepare students for the cutting edge aspects of the field?
  • Do undergraduate students have access to the premier laboratories or are they reserved for graduate/Ph.D. students?
  • What independent project(s) or independent research are required as part of the degree?
  • Since many chemical engineers hold advanced degrees, how do graduate schools view the undergraduate programs you are considering?

The Top Chemical Engineering Colleges & Universities

Chemical Engineering is a competitive field and finding the right college and program is often key to landing a good job. Schools that are held in particularly high regard by professionals, employers and students include: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Georgia Institute of Technology. For a complete list of College Transitions Top Chemical Engineering Colleges and Universities, click here.

*College lists are compiled on the basis of counselor interviews, guide books, exhaustive internet searches (of college and departmental websites), and data provided by The College Board and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).


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