The 20 best computer-science and engineering schools in America

The best computer-science and engineering schools in the US are hotspots for elite companies like Google, Apple, Raytheon, Facebook, and Lockheed Martin to recruit new talent.

We surveyed over 400 Business Insider readers to find out which engineering schools have the most valuable undergraduate programs.

Survey participants rated the schools on a scale from 1 (not valuable) to 5 (extremely valuable).

To rank the schools, we took the percentage of people who assessed each school at a 4 or 5 and averaged that with the average SAT scores (from college admissions website CollegeBoard) for the students at each school.

Once again, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology came in first as the best school for engineering and computer-science undergrads. Read on to see which schools made the list.

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

In addition to being the top engineering school overall, MIT boasts No. 1-ranked programs for chemical, aerospace/aeronautical, computer, and electrical engineering, according to US News. Upon graduation, 32% of students head on to graduate school while 57% enter the workforce. Students are courted by nearly 250 companies; top employers for MIT gradsinclude Google, Amazon, ExxonMobil, and Goldman Sachs.


2. Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts


Undergraduate students from Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have gone on to work at elite companies including Pixar, Google, and Citigroup. Harvard’s host of internship partners also includes exclusive placements at companies like Facebook, Intel, and NASA.

3. Stanford University

Stanford, California


Stanford students take can advantage of opportunities to study and work abroad through the school’s Global Engineering Programs, which provides students with internships in China, Uganda, Japan, Brazil, and more. US News ranks Stanford as the No. 2 engineering school in the country, with its computer, mechanical, and electrical programs taking the No. 2 spots in their respective fields as well.

4. University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley, California


Cal is ranked first in the nation for environmental engineering, second for chemical engineering, and third for civil, industrial, and materials, according to US News. The programs pay off too: Graduates from the class of 2014 reported an average starting salary of $82,000.

5. Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey


At Princeton, the engineering curriculum for all majors focuses on equipping students to solve real-world problems regarding energy and the environment, health, security, and leadership. Engineering students from the class of 2014 reported an average starting salary of $68,923 annually.

6.Duke University

Durham, North Carolina


At Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, gaining hands-on experience is a top priority for students. More than 75% of undergraduates complete an industry-related internship, and almost 60% work with a faculty member on an intensive research project.

7.Columbia University

New York, New York


At Columbia, students take advantage of the school’s New York City location by working through practical projects that benefit the city, such as developing wheelchair-accessible playgrounds or mentoring local high-school students. Undergrads can also gain experience on-campus by assisting professors with research.

8. Texas A&M University

College Station, Texas


The “A&M” part of Texas A&M stands foragricultural and mechanical, as engineering has always been a part of this large Texas research university. The Dwight Look College of Engineering is ranked No. 8 overall for best undergraduate engineering program by US News, and the college is ranked No. 1 for the best petroleum engineering program.

9. Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts


Twelve percent of graduates from the Northeastern class of 2013 majored in an engineering field. Students get a well-rounded, experiential education compiled of both classroom and hands-on learning that takes them out into the world to apply what they learn in class to real-life problems.

10. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California


The Viterbi School of Engineering at USC ranks 12th on US News’ list of the best global universities for computer science. The school is known for its strong video game programming specialization; its video games program was ranked No. 1 by The Princeton Review for the sixth year in a row.



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