Top Aerospace Engineering Schools (Undergrad)

<p>Hi, I'm considering a major in aerospace engineering. Could you guys give me a general list ranking the top 15-20 colleges with the best undergrad programs for aerospace?</p>

<p>Counter: Doesn't USNWR already do this? I think recent results are even given in the first thread in this subforum.</p>

<p>I don't know. I kow when my brother looked around Embry Riddle and Georgia Tech weren't bad. I imagine any big-name engineering school with a program will be pretty solid as well...</p>

<p>GaTech is a great school for aerospace engineering. Very tough school though, there are a lot of intelligent students here so expect to work hard if you get here. Competitive, great location, not so great girl to guy ratio, good campus, rigorous courses that will prepare you for anything and tons of research opportunities as well as a great co-op program.</p>

<p>It's a damn good school.</p>

<p>Well it looks like you're in California, so I would check out UCLA, UCSD, and Cal Poly SLO.</p>

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<p>Kudos for not saying CalTech, which despite it's #2 ranking in undergraduate aerospace, does not actually even have undergraduate aerospace.</p>

<p>Undergraduate engineering specialties:
Aerospace / Aeronautical / Astronautical
(At schools whose highest degree is a doctorate)
Methodology
1 Massachusetts Inst. of Technology
2 Georgia Institute of Technology *
3 University of Michigan–Ann Arbor *
4 Stanford University (CA)
5 California Institute of Technology
6 Purdue Univ.–West Lafayette (IN)*
6 U. of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign *
8 Princeton University (NJ)
9 University of Texas–Austin *
10 Cornell University (NY)
10 Univ. of Maryland–College Park *
12 Texas A&M Univ.–College Station *
13 Pennsylvania State U.–University Park *
14 Virginia Tech *
15 University of Washington *
16 Univ. of California–Los Angeles *
16 Univ. of Southern California
16 University of Colorado–Boulder *</p>

<p>I heard Embry-Riddle was very good for aerospace.</p>

<p>I would be careful about Embry Riddle. I remember seeing some job placement data that was not very impressive. Its rankings are very high so I was surprised when I saw the low numbers. The starting salaries were low and the percent of students who got jobs was low compared to other top schools. I'm not sure about the reason for the low numbers. Maybe the education there is a little closer to a vocational school or something than a top school where graduates are more well rounded? Anyways, I would check into that a little more if you're gonna think about Embry Riddle.</p>

<p>The subject of ERAU comes up over and over. It is one the best schools for aeronautical science (think pilot training). Its aerospace engineering program is not on the same level. US News (incorrectly) lumps all this stuff together which distorts the rankings.</p>

<p>^^Why would USNWR do that? I mean, why would they add the stats for non-engineering degrees into their data on best engineering degree programs?</p>

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<p>You could ask the same question about why USNWR has CalTech ranked for undergrad aerospace engineering when they don't even offer an undergrad degree in aero.</p>

<p>The simple answer:
USNWR is not infallible.</p>

<p>You'd think the University of Washington would have a godly aerospace program what with Boeing and all but it seems pretty cookie-cutter :/</p>

<p>Washington has a quality program. The thing is, Boeing is a huge, national company, and as such, they spread their support dollars around to all the top aerospace schools so UW, from what I have seen, doesn't get the kind of support that you might imagine they would. They still have a close relationship with Boeing, though.</p>

<p>Purdue, U of I, UMich and OSU. All Big Ten, all day.</p>