Aerospace engineering is a field of engineering that focuses on the construction, design and technology of aircrafts and spacecrafts. Aerospace engineering can be studied at the bachelor, masters and Ph.D. level. For a start, here are the top 10 undergraduate aerospace engineering schools, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report in 2009.
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT is a research university that specialises in math, science and engineering. Students can get an undergraduate degree in aerospace, aeronautical and astronautical engineering. They can go on to pursue a doctorate in aerospace engineering at MIT. As of 2009, there were a little more than 4,000 undergraduate students.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 77 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139 (617) 253-3400 web.mit.edu
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Tech, located in Atlanta, offers a variety of degrees but has a focus on technology. According to U.S. News and World Report, the university has more than 100 research centres that contribute to U.S. research. There are nearly 13,000 undergraduates in the student body.
Georgia Institute of Technology 225 North Avenue NW Atlanta, GA 30332 (404) 894-4154 gatech.edu/welcome
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
This public university boasts a large range of undergraduate and graduate degrees and world-reknowned engineering faculty. Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, it has nearly 26,000 undergraduates.
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (734) 764-7433 umich.edu
Purdue University-West Lafayette
Purdue is a large, public university in Indiana that has more than 200 areas of undergraduate studies. It has a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees that rank as the best in the country. According to U.S. News and World Report, 22 U.S. astronauts have degrees from Purdue.
Purdue University-West Lafayette Schleman Hall, 475 Stadium Mall Drive West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-1776 purdue.edu
California Institute of Technology
Caltech is known to be among the best universities specialising in science and engineering. The institute is located in Pasadena, California. It has a 3:1 student/faculty ratio. There are 32 Nobel Prizes that have been won from Caltech alumni and faculty.
California Institute of Technology 1200 E. California Boulevard Pasadena, CA (626) 395-6341 caltech.edu
University of Maryland-College Park
UM is a top-ranked public university for its academics and affordability. There are 127 different undergraduate majors, including its high-ranked aerospace engineering program. Located in between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., there are many research opportunities with national institutes nearby.
University of Maryland-College Park College Park, MD 20742 (301) 314-8385 maryland.edu
University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
The flagship university in Illinois is high-ranked in research and education. The university has had 11 Nobel Prize winners as alumni. It also boasts the world's large public university library.
University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign 601 E. John Street Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 333-0302 uiuc.edu
Stanford University, a private university in Palo Alto, California, is known to be a research institution. Undergraduate participation in research is strongly encouraged. In addition to its undergraduate aerospace engineering program, it was ranked in 2009 to have the No. 3 graduate school for aerospace engineering.
Stanford University Stanford, CA 94305 (650) 723-2091 stanford.edu
University of Texas-Austin
The University of Texas at Austin boasts a diverse group of faculty and students. Many of its more than 300 degree programs are nationally ranked.
University of Texas-Austin Austin, TX 78712 (512) 475-7440 utexas.edu
Virginia Tech is a public university in Blacksburg, Virginia. It's known as a research university with a wide range of studies, but has always been strong in technology and engineering. The university has a tradition of strong undergraduate studies.
Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA 24061 (540) 231-6267 vt.edu
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