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Top Industrial Engineering Colleges

As an industrial engineering major, you’ll learn how to use statistical analysis, computer modeling, and engineering theory to optimize industrial efficiency, productivity, and competiveness in order to compete in a global marketplace. As part of your degree program, you will take courses including: Probability and Statistics, Manufacturing Processes, Work Analysis and Design, Operations Research, and Integrated Products Systems.

Earning a degree in industrial engineering will prepare students for careers in a variety of settings including: government, healthcare, banking, manufacturing, or transportation.

What do you need to make it in an Industrial Engineering program?

Future industrial engineers need to be extremely strong students of advanced mathematics and science. Additionally, a strong background in computers and technology is essential for success in this field of study.

Your Industrial Engineering College Checklist:

  • How is your prospective college viewed by employers in the field?
  • What is the professional background of the faculty? Do they have direct connections to industry?
  • How many students are in each class?
  • Do they offer a combined bachelor's/master's program in industrial engineering?
  • What internship opportunities are available to undergraduates?
  • Do they have the most up-to-date computers and technology to 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 industrial engineers hold advanced degrees, how to graduate schools view the undergraduate institutions you are considering?

The Top Industrial Engineering Colleges & Universities

Industrial 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: Lehigh University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Northwestern University. For a complete list of College Transitions Top Industrial 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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