• August 27, 2014

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Mechanical Engineering

The National Research Council assessed programs according to 21 different criteria. Here are the NRC's five major ratings summarizing those criteria. For a detailed explanation, see our FAQ.

S-Rank: Programs are ranked highly if they are strong in the criteria that scholars say are most important.
Research: Derived from faculty publications, citation rates, grants, and awards.
Students: Derived from students' completion rates, financial aid, and other criteria.
Diversity: Reflects gender balance, ethnic diversity, and the proportion of international students.
R-Rank: Programs are ranked highly if they have similar features to programs viewed by faculty as top-notch.
Institution, program S-Rank High S-Rank Low Research High Research Low Students High Students Low Diversity High Diversity Low R-Rank High R-Rank Low
Arizona State U.
Mechanical Engineering
18 52 18 57 11 60 14 32 44 92
Auburn U.
Mechanical Engineering
86 115 83 121 12 61 40 100 94 119
Bingham-
tonton U. (SUNY)

Mechanical Engineering
59 99 47 102 93 118 53 102 72 106
Boston U.
Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering
58 99 36 86 81 110 42 98 57 100
Brigham Young U.
Mechanical Engineering
61 107 34 97 83 116 114 123 103 124
Brown U.
ENGINEERING: Solid Mechanics
1 3 1 1 12 71 44 97 6 31
California Institute of Technology
Applied Mechanics
1 5 2 16 2 10 2 9 44 110
California Institute of Technology
Mechanical Engineering
8 19 10 29 4 28 16 40 18 52
Carnegie Mellon U.
Mechanical Engineering
12 40 22 71 8 34 57 102 19 51
Case Western Reserve U.
Mechanical Engineering
30 72 19 64 69 96 74 110 19 77
Catholic U. of America
Mechanical Engineering
114 126 47 116 125 127 127 127 57 119
City U. of New York Graduate Center
Mechanical Engineering
91 114 79 118 23 71 2 10 87 117
Clarkson U.
Mechanical Engineering
57 105 30 100 75 102 99 121 95 121
Clemson U.
Mechanical Engineering
76 107 62 110 36 86 13 32 99 122
Cleveland State U.
Engineering (Other)
122 126 110 127 119 125 57 103 112 126
Colorado State U.
Mechanical Engineering
119 125 122 127 84 102 119 123 27 59
Columbia U.
Mechanical Engineering
14 38 5 24 87 116 67 113 18 79
Cornell U.
Mechanical Engineering
11 34 5 30 58 94 44 90 12 39
Drexel U.
Mechanical Engineering
29 62 35 91 11 52 36 74 20 53
Duke U.
Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
14 39 12 43 14 42 30 74 10 34
Florida Atlantic U.
Mechanical Engineering
127 127 103 123 122 127 81 113 114 127
Florida Atlantic U.
Ocean Engineering
63 111 46 115 42 88 6 17 104 124
Florida Inter-
national U.

Mechanical Engineering
34 70 37 96 4 20 1 1 49 95
Florida State U.
Mechanical Engineering
18 52 17 66 4 26 7 20 36 91
George Washing-
ton U.

Mechanical Engineering
110 124 69 112 122 126 18 41 81 113
Georgia Institute of Technology
Mechanical Engineering
9 28 16 58 34 71 80 112 4 23
Illinois Institute of Technology
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
95 118 64 114 99 118 50 107 94 122
Iowa State U.
Mechanical Engineering
59 103 52 112 107 117 51 103 65 106
Johns Hopkins U.
Mechanical Engineering
7 20 3 16 54 93 75 110 15 59
Kansas State U.
Mechanical Engineering
62 105 54 116 65 99 18 45 65 101
Lehigh U.
Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
79 110 73 115 19 71 48 98 44 90
Louisiana State U. at Baton Rouge
Mechanical Engineering
28 73 20 71 59 91 15 37 84 114
Marquette U.
Mechanical Engineering
122 126 122 127 10 70 43 88 107 126
Massachu-
setts Institute of Technology

Mechanical Engineering
5 14 7 27 44 88 65 105 1 2
Michigan State U.
Mechanical Engineering
38 75 47 106 11 41 20 44 27 79
Michigan Technological U.
Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics
73 110 74 119 31 72 58 107 56 101
Mississippi State U.
Mechanical Engineering (degree: Ph.D. in Engineering)
27 66 26 84 2 5 114 123 17 56
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Mechanical Engineering
76 105 80 116 30 88 33 84 66 102
New Mexico State U. at Las Cruces
Mechanical Engineering
97 118 96 123 68 100 105 119 44 83
North Carolina State U.
Mechanical Engineering
37 84 31 87 12 76 32 67 26 71
North-
eastern U.

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering - Industrial
68 97 64 105 56 91 6 20 28 81
North-
western U.

Mechanical Engineering
2 5 2 7 5 27 41 85 5 20
Ohio State U. Main Campus
Mechanical Engineering
24 59 20 62 97 116 48 98 15 54
Oklahoma State U. Main Campus
Mechanical Engineering
84 112 73 115 13 59 88 119 80 112
Old Dominion U.
Mechanical Engineering
113 125 95 125 96 115 39 79 40 87
Oregon State U.
Mechanical Engineering
99 121 76 120 118 126 102 119 48 100
Pennsyl-
vania State U.

Acoustics
45 94 39 107 53 85 54 109 35 76
Pennsyl-
vania State U.

Mechanical Engineering
17 47 27 80 6 32 89 116 8 32
Princeton U.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
4 11 3 16 3 17 21 45 8 44
Purdue U. Main Campus
Mechanical Engineering
15 41 19 68 44 78 43 90 5 31
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Mechanical Engineering
34 77 29 85 88 117 74 109 22 103
Rice U.
Mechanical Engineering
16 38 24 60 21 68 5 14 20 58
Rutgers U. at New Brunswick
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
86 113 67 111 91 106 13 29 58 90
San Diego State U. and U. of California at San Diego
Applied Mechanics
36 85 17 54 109 119 43 97 9 42
Southern Illinois U. at Carbondale
Mechanical & Energy Processes
91 117 85 123 55 104 2 10 117 127
Southern Methodist U.
Mechanical Engineering
52 95 65 112 34 93 92 121 106 126
Stanford U.
Mechanical Engineering
1 5 2 9 17 49 48 95 2 4
State U. of New York at Stony Brook
Mechanical Engineering
35 70 41 91 41 88 48 106 27 68
Stevens Institute of Technology
Ocean Engineering
N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R N/R
Syracuse U. Main Campus
Mechanical Engineering
70 106 68 116 60 98 7 19 103 122
Texas A&M U.
Mechanical Engineering
16 45 15 51 100 117 25 56 8 40
Texas Tech U.
Mechanical Engineering
95 117 100 124 36 92 42 95 55 99
Tufts U.
Mechanical Engineering
40 84 33 90 15 77 31 71 17 63
U. at Buffalo (SUNY)
Mechanical Engineering
61 101 74 118 27 87 67 113 51 98
U. of Akron
Mechanical Engineering
77 112 63 114 24 66 36 91 108 126
U. of Alabama
Mechanical Engineering
52 104 35 105 16 65 75 115 33 79
U. of Alabama at Huntsville
Mechanical Engineering
114 125 72 118 118 121 124 126 45 81
U. of Arizona
Mechanical Engineering
111 121 113 124 101 117 2 6 105 126
U. of California at Berkeley
Mechanical Engineering
5 16 5 27 36 75 39 76 1 3
U. of California at Davis
Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering
55 95 37 95 57 92 107 120 22 65
U. of California at Irvine
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
27 68 15 55 56 89 45 93 38 87
U. of California at Los Angeles
Mechanical Engineering
19 49 16 58 100 114 48 99 9 37
U. of California at Riverside
Mechanical Engineering
14 39 11 40 29 80 5 16 45 105
U. of California at San Diego
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
6 19 3 17 58 94 26 57 6 27
U. of California at Santa Barbara
Mechanical Engineering
5 15 3 17 10 47 40 87 5 19
U. of Central Florida
Mechanical Engineering
31 74 38 106 5 28 16 37 77 113
U. of Cincinnati Main Campus
Mechanical Engineering
48 91 48 106 9 45 42 99 40 80
U. of Colorado at Boulder
Mechanical Engineering
13 41 10 39 33 78 46 89 6 23
U. of Connec-
ticut

Mechanical Engineering Ph.D.
60 102 23 67 120 126 88 117 72 110
U. of Dayton
Mechanical Engineering
102 121 88 120 95 118 120 124 17 70
U. of Delaware
Mechanical Engineering
30 62 29 77 64 98 25 63 49 91
U. of Florida
Mechanical Engineering
32 76 28 86 35 82 82 112 25 77
U. of Houston main campus
Mechanical Engineering
57 95 26 72 25 95 109 122 67 104
U. of Idaho
Mechanical Engineering
72 106 70 111 40 100 124 126 24 88
U. of Illinois at Chicago
Mechanical Engineering
46 89 33 84 92 111 45 87 30 72
U. of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign

Mechanical Engineering
6 22 5 25 14 48 40 85 8 31
U. of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign

Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
6 25 4 25 13 50 69 113 38 84
U. of Iowa
Mechanical Engineering
19 50 12 45 39 77 35 88 56 101
U. of Kansas
Mechanical Engineering
72 110 107 126 2 17 14 36 36 100
U. of Kentucky
Mechanical Engineering
40 84 37 98 13 50 47 96 30 76
U. of Louisville
Mechanical Engineering
19 53 56 115 1 1 5 15 49 112
U. of Maryland at College Park
Mechanical Engineering
11 31 22 67 75 100 59 104 5 24
U. of Maryland-
Baltimore County

Mechanical Engineering
48 89 44 98 34 78 2 8 25 72
U. of Massachu-
setts at Amherst

Mechanical Engineering
45 88 38 102 78 107 68 110 93 119
U. of Memphis
Mechanical Engineering
103 120 104 125 75 109 16 42 87 126
U. of Miami
Mechanical Engineering
41 86 36 95 6 44 13 39 95 125
U. of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Mechanical Engineering
4 11 3 21 35 71 29 61 3 5
U. of Minnesota-
Twin Cities

Mechanical Engineering
11 37 12 50 7 34 54 100 6 20
U. of Missouri at Columbia
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
68 111 40 105 18 73 82 115 66 105
U. of Missouri at Rolla
Mechanical Engineering
63 102 73 118 39 89 43 91 90 117
U. of Nebraska at Lincoln
Mechanical Engineering
49 90 85 120 8 46 14 40 94 124
U. of Nevada at Reno
Mechanical Engineering
70 111 35 96 38 84 21 56 101 123
U. of New Mexico Main Campus
Mechanical Engineering
75 112 48 103 119 126 15 36 24 73
U. of North Carolina at Charlotte
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering
43 85 46 108 36 79 19 39 32 69
U. of Notre Dame
Mechanical Engineering
46 90 43 99 16 58 46 93 22 63
U. of Oklahoma Norman Campus
Mechanical Engineering
59 101 57 113 85 103 68 109 89 119
U. of Pennsyl-
vania

Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
15 41 16 54 7 37 60 108 15 46
U. of Pittsburgh Main Campus
Mechanical Engineering
26 71 19 73 25 73 26 51 31 91
U. of Rochester
Mechanical Engineering
15 43 8 33 30 82 36 88 55 93
U. of South Carolina at Columbia
Mechanical Engineering
16 48 15 54 20 65 24 50 38 84
U. of South Florida
Mechanical Engineering
113 124 116 127 92 119 48 91 70 109
U. of Southern California
Mechanical Engineering
73 106 40 89 97 117 48 101 44 86
U. of Tennessee
Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering
61 102 49 106 71 114 66 109 77 116
U. of Texas at Austin
Mechanical Engineering
34 77 25 79 28 75 92 114 7 27
U. of Toledo
Mechanical Engineering
49 91 50 105 33 84 15 41 39 96
U. of Utah
Mechanical Engineering
94 118 64 116 104 117 110 121 18 62
U. of Virginia
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
31 72 31 99 3 16 78 112 20 56
U. of Washing-
ton

Mechanical Engineering
21 54 21 70 16 49 32 66 24 61
U. of Wisconsin at Madison
Mechanical Engineering
31 76 18 70 62 98 42 87 12 41
Utah State U.
Mechanical Engineering
85 118 59 121 58 102 122 126 82 113
Vanderbilt U.
Mechanical Engineering
41 86 55 113 10 61 72 111 74 112
Virginia Common-
wealth U.

Mechanical Engineering
47 95 33 99 92 118 7 18 114 127
Virginia Tech
Mechanical Engineering
31 67 50 108 28 77 106 119 16 53
Washing-
ton State U.

Mechanical Engineering
35 70 54 103 2 22 17 40 57 100
Washing-
ton U. in St. Louis

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
49 97 33 97 95 115 20 52 37 74
Wayne State U.
Mechanical Engineering
106 122 84 120 120 124 42 90 62 95
Western Michigan U.
Mechanical Engineering
106 123 120 127 22 86 5 19 87 122
Yale U.
Mechanical Engineering
14 41 5 27 14 70 49 103 21 66
Methodology: This interactive tool is based on rankings developed by the NRC. For a complete explanation of the methods the research council used, go to its site; registration may be required.

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