What Are the Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering?

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What Are the Best Colleges for Nuclear Engineering?
The top schools for nuclear engineering are difficult to be admitted into. (school image by horacio villamonte from Fotolia.com)

Nuclear engineering is a complex and difficult area of study within the engineering field. There are nearly 40 schools in the country offering programs in nuclear engineering. Three of these colleges for nuclear engineering are consistently in the top of the rankings and finished in the top three in the most recent "U.S. News & World Report" rankings.

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University of Michigan

The University of Michigan School of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences is one of the most highly regarded nuclear educational programs in the country, ranking as No. 1 for 2009. The school has both undergraduate and graduate programs and averages 160 students each year, although enrolment gradually increases every year. As of 2010, there were 21 faculty members, which makes for a small, tight-knit community and environment for students studying nuclear engineering. Courses in the School of Nuclear Engineering are broken into levels 200 to 900, excluding the 800 series. Some courses students can expect to enrol in are Elements of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, Nuclear Instrumentation Laboratory, Nuclear Reactor Theory and Fusion Reactor Technology.

University of Michigan School of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Robert H. Lurie Engineering Center Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2102 (734) 647-7090 www.ners.engin.umich.edu/>

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Completion of an MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering program could earn students a bachelor of science, master of science, nuclear engineer, doctor of philosophy and/or doctor of science. The degree programs in the MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Some undergraduate courses students enrol in are Communicating about Technology: Colossal Failures in Engineering; Seminar in Nuclear Science and Engineering; Applications of Radiation Science and Technology in Biomedical Research and Radiation Systems Engineering and Tomographic Imaging. As of 2010, the application fee is £48, and minimum requirements for acceptance to the MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering are a TOEFL score of 577 or 233, 90 for computer-based tests. A minimum score on the IELTS of 7 is also required.

MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering 77 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139-2917 (617) 253-2917 mit.edu/nse/

Texas A&M

Texas A&M University School of Nuclear Engineering typically has an enrolment of 300 undergraduate students per year. In 2009, the enrolment was 291. There were 11 graduate students in 2009, 76 of whom were obtaining a master's degree and 35 their Ph.D. This program is the largest in the country and is consistently ranked in the top nuclear engineering schools and offers more than 50 different research areas, including Advanced Reactor Design and Analysis Aerosols, Fast Reactor Technology and Non-Proliferation Strategies and Nuclear Instrumentation. Some of the many centres and laboratories on the campus at Texas A&M School of Nuclear Engineering are the Accelerator Laboratory; Institute for National Security, Education and Research; Laser Diagnostics Multiphase Flow Laboratory and the Radiation Detection Measurement Laboratory.

Texas A&M School of Nuclear Engineering 301 Wisenbaker Research Center College Station, TX 77843 (979) 845-7200 nuclear.tamu.edu

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