Top 10 colleges for mechanical engineers

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Top 10 colleges for mechanical engineers
Some mechanical engineers specialise in aviation and/or aerospace mechanics. (plane engine image by Dumitrescu Ciprian from

Mechanical engineering is a broad discipline, which encompasses the research, design, development, construction and testing of tools, machines and other mechanical equipment. Because of the highly technical natural of mechanical engineering, proper schooling is vital to a successful career. The top 10 colleges for prospective mechanical engineers include MIT, UC Berkeley, University of Michigan, Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Kettering University, Cooper Union, California Polytechnic State University and Harvey Mudd College.

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MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is perhaps the most renowned engineering school in the country, and is well known for its cutting edge ideas and philosophies on education. According to the U.S News & World Report at, MIT is also one of the best for mechanical engineering. Their mechanical engineering department offers three different undergraduate programs, all with specific occupational trajectories in mind and eight different graduate programs, including doctorate of science.

MIT 77 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139-4307 617-253-1000

UC Berkeley

According to the U.S News & World Report, University of California-Berkeley is another top mechanical engineering school. The school's college of engineering offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the field, with focuses in ocean engineering, mechatronics, energy and environment, manufacturing, bioengineering, computation and MEMS and NANO.

University of California, Berkeley University Avenue Berkeley, CA 94720 510-642-6000

Cooper Union

Cooper Union's Albert Nerkin School of Engineering has one of the best undergraduate programs for engineers in the U.S., according to The U.S News & World Report also ranks Cooper Union very highly when it comes to mechanical engineering specifically. In addition to its undergraduate programs, the school also offers graduate degree programs in areas such as mechanics & materials, robotics, computer-aided engineering & design, combustion and aerodynamics.

Cooper Union 30 Cooper Square New York, NY 10003-7120 212-353-4112

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor is another top mechanical engineering institution. According to, the university is a worldwide leader in engineering, and is perhaps most famous for its efforts to produce and discover reusable, renewable energy sources. Their department of mechanical engineering offers undergraduate, masters and doctorate degree programs.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 440 Church Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109 734-764-1817

Kettering University

According to the U.S News & World Report, Kettering University is also one of the best mechanical engineering institutions in the country. The university offers six undergraduate fields of study, including aerospace engineering, automotive engineering design, machine design and plastics product design as well as master's degree programs in areas such as mechanical cognate and mechanical design.

Kettering University 1700 W Third Avenue / 1700 University Avenue Flint, Michigan 48504-6214 800-955-4464 / 810-762-9500

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is also a top-rated school for mechanical engineers, according to the U.S. News & World Report . The institute's mechanical engineering deparment offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in areas such as aerospace engineering, advanced transportation, industrial leadership and thermal fluids.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 5500 Wabash Avenue Terre Haute, IN 47803 812-877-1511

Georgia Institute of Technology

According to the U.S News & World Report , the award-winning Georgia Institute of Technology is another one of the best schools for mechanical engineers. Its George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering offers two bachelor's, five Master's (including nuclear engineering and medical physics) and four PhD degree programs.

Georgia Institute of Technology 765 Ferst Drive Northwest Atlanta, GA 30318 404-894-3935

Stanford University

California's Stanford University is another highly regarded mechanical engineering school, which, according to, is well known for being entrepreneurially oriented. The university's department of mechanical engineering within its engineering school offers bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs in the field.

Stanford University 450 Serra Mall Stanford, California 94305 650-723-2300

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

According to, the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo's School of Engineering is well known for its hands-on, project-based curriculum. Their department of mechanical engineering offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in areas such as mechatronics and HVAC.

California Polytechnic State University Grand Avenue San Luis Obispo, CA 93407‎ 805-756-1111

Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd College is another top-ten college for mechanical engineers, according to U.S News & World Report. The college offers a basic undergraduate engineering program as well as a clinic program, which allows students to execute projects of their own design with the help of professors.

Harvey Mudd College 301 Platt Boulevard Claremont, CA 91711 909-621-8000

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