A report from U.S. News & World Report lists the top-rated undergraduate engineering colleges and universities as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley. Other notable schools known for their engineering programs are University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Carnegie Mellon University and Purdue.
MIT, the No. 1 school on the list, is a prestigious school serving the greater Boston area's brightest; less than 8 percent of the latest round of applicants were accepted. For those who make it in, 1 in 3 attend tuition-free, and over half are awarded need-based scholarships. Students in MIT's engineering school study in fields spanning from astronautics to nuclear science, and many of them go on to achieve beyond their fields. Its alumni include 80 Nobel laureates, 56 National Medal of Science winners and 43 MacArthur fellows.
Stanford is regarded as one of the best research universities on the West Coast. Nestled within California's Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, its campus is home to more than 80 labs, centers and programs devoted to student-led research. The school is also highly devoted to pursuing continued breakthroughs for energy, the environment and modernized fields such as nanotechnology and information technology.