Top Mechanical Engineering Colleges

As a mechanical engineering major, you’ll learn the advanced scientific, mathematical, and design principles behind the development of the development of machines, automated manufacturing systems, and power-producing devices. To do so, you will take courses including: Multivariate Calculus, Mechatronics, Heat Transfer, Mechanical Synthesis, Thermodynamics, and Internal Combustion Engines.

Earning a degree in mechanical engineering will prepare students for careers creating, testing and manufacturing products such as: gas turbines, electric generators, biotechnology, automobiles, and computers/electronics.

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

Future mechanical engineers need to be extremely strong students of advanced mathematics, science, and computer-aided design. Additionally, because many mechanical engineers work in collaborative ream problem-solving and interpersonal skills are also essential.

Your Mechanical 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 mechanical 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 mechanical engineers hold advanced degrees, how do graduate schools view the undergraduate institutions you are considering?

The Top Mechanical Engineering Colleges & Universities

Mechanical 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: MIT, Caltech, and Stanford University. For a complete list of College Transitions Top Mechanical 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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