In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked the top 10 aerospace engineering schools as: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, Georgia Institute of Technology, California Institute of Technology, Purdue University, Stanford University, University of Illinois, Princeton University, University of Texas and University of Maryland. Among international schools, Imperial College London, University of Cambridge and National University of Singapore frequently make the top schools list.
Students interested in the field of aeronautical engineering must have a strong background in math and physics. The field typically deals with the design, construction and development of various aircraft, from commercial jets to military planes. Classes are typically taught by professors as well as lecturers with experience in the field. Students often work on design projects alone and in groups, and flight simulation may be a part of some programs. After graduation, students go on to seek employment with public and private aerospace companies. Many professional positions require engineers to hold a Masters degree in their field.
Among the United States colleges, six are considered public schools. The private schools on the list include MIT, Princeton, Stanford and California Institute of Technology. In general, gaining admission to the private institutions is more difficult than gaining admission to the public schools.