2017 Best Colleges for Engineering Methodology

The 2017 Best Colleges for Engineering ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Overall Niche Grade Overall Niche Grade, which incorporates statistics and student surveys regarding all aspects of the student experience, such as academics, value, professors, diversity, local area, campus quality, safety and student life. Niche 30.0%
Percent Majoring in Engineering Percent of undergraduate students at each school who major in Engineering. U.S. Dept. of Education 20.0%
Engineering Student SAT/ACT Scores Composite SAT/ACT scores (normalized to the same scale) of students majoring in Engineering at the school. Scores are self-reported by students on Niche.com. Self-reported by Niche users 15.0%
Engineering Student Surveys Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of students and alumni who major in Engineering. Self-reported by Niche users 10.0%
Engineering Research Expenditures per Student Total expenditures dedicated to engineering research per full-time undergraduate student majoring in the field. National Science Foundation 7.5%
Engineering Test Scores Compared to School’s Comparison of SAT/ACT scores of students majoring in Engineering compared to all other majors at the school. Scores are self-reported by students on Niche.com. Self-reported by Niche users 5.0%
Percent of U.S. Engineering Graduates Percent of total annual Engineering graduates nationally that come from this program. U.S. Dept. of Education 5.0%
Engineering Program Demand A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Engineering program compared to the size of the program. Self-reported by Niche users 2.5%
Engineering Program Demand Within School A ratio of the number of Niche users interested in the Engineering program compared with other majors at the school, normalized by the size of each program. Self-reported by Niche users 2.5%
Engineering Research Expenditures Total expenditures dedicated to research in Engineering. National Science Foundation 2.5%

This ranking assesses 406 4-year colleges and universities. To be included, the school must confer at least 20 bachelor’s degrees in the field annually or have the major represent at least 2.5% of all bachelor’s degrees conferred by the school. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2014–2016, as self-reported by the colleges.

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