Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering

What is Aerospace Engineering?

Aerospace engineering is the study of design, production, and operation of flying machines. This branch of the sciences consists of two categories: aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering. The aeronautical engineering field concentrates on machines that fly within Earth’s atmosphere such as airplanes, helicopters, and jets. Meanwhile, astronautical engineering focuses on those that exit Earth’s atmosphere like rockets and spacecrafts. Aerospace engineering has existed as a field of study since the 19th century.

What Do Aerospace Engineers Do?

The main job of an aerospace engineer is to design flying machines. These range from airplanes, jets, and even missiles to spacecrafts, space stations, and satellites. Many aerospace engineers focus their expertise on specific components of a certain flying machine such as the wings of an aircraft or the control system of a spacecraft. 

Beyond the design phase, aerospace engineers also involve themselves in the testing phase for all components of aeronautical and astronautical craft. Engineers design tests for each machine. While aeronautical engineers and astronautical engineers both tackle the same issue of designing flying machines, aeronautical engineers work within the atmosphere of Earth while astronautical engineers work on models designed to enter space. In both cases, aerospace engineers do the work necessary to keep flying machines safe and flight-ready.

Is Aerospace Engineering Hard?

You know how some people use the old saying “It’s not rocket science” to put others at ease about how difficult a job is? Well, as explained above, one of the branches of aerospace engineering is quite literally rocket science. It is a very difficult field of study and profession but that shouldn’t stop you from pursuing it. 

First and foremost, an aerospace engineer needs an exceptional understanding of several branches of the sciences—engineering, technology, and physics. Because the design of flying machines also involves intricate calculations, it’s important to have a thorough knowledge of mathematics, including concepts like geometry, calculus, and statistics. With technology playing a vital role in both design and testing, you should also have a good background in computers and electronics.

So, yes, aerospace engineering is hard. But if you possess an intellectual curiosity for math and science, it’s also a subject that will utilize all of your academic strengths and give you a chance to apply them to a vital industry.

Where Do Aerospace Engineers Work?

There are two main sectors where aerospace engineers find employment: private industry and the government. In addition, some aerospace engineers find work in academia and engineers employed in academic positions devote most of their time to research and instructing future aerospace engineers.

In both the private industry and government, aerospace engineers work in offices, laboratories, and manufacturing facilities. Those in offices spend most of their days working with computers to design flying machines and run them through simulations. Industry-based engineers also find work at aircraft manufacturing or testing facilities as well as software development corporations. Government-employed engineers can find positions in NASA, the FAA, or the military.

How do I Become an Aerospace Engineer?

There are many different answers to the question of how to become an aerospace engineer, and they revolve around how long you want to spend in postsecondary education. We’ll break it down below.  

How Long Does it Take to be an Aerospace Engineer?

There are actually many jobs affiliated with aerospace engineering and the length of time needed to land one varies based on the kind of degree and level of expertise required. There are a few positions (such as aerospace technician) that hire workers with a 2-year associate degree. Many others require the completion of a 4-year bachelor’s degree program. And at the highest level, scientist positions require job applicants to complete a master’s degree or PhD, which can take four or more years on top of a bachelor’s degree. 

Associate level

In most instances, students complete a 2-year associate degree in aerospace engineering as preparation to transfer into a 4-year bachelor’s-level program. For these students, the associate-level curriculum consists of foundational and prerequisite courses for the baccalaureate degree. These include geometry, physics, chemistry, calculus, and differential equations. 

For those looking to find employment immediately after earning their degree, an associate program also prepares students for certification as an aerospace technician. In this instance, students take classes in subjects like computer-aided design, arc welding, technical mathematics, and electronics assembly. 

What Do You Do as an Aerospace Technician and How Much Do You Make? 

Aerospace technicians help perform some of the physical labor at a laboratory. In the workplace, an aerospace technician assists aerospace engineers through tasks such as operating a wind tunnel, building scale models, and assembling test equipment. 

The average salary for an aerospace technician is $47,000.

Baccalaureate level

In order to become a professional aerospace engineer, a 4-year bachelor’s degree is a requirement. It is also at this time during undergraduate education that students choose whether to concentrate in aeronautical or astronautical fields. Baccalaureate-level courses cover numerous subjects specifically related to aerospace engineering such as aircraft structures, aerospace dynamics, propulsion, thermodynamics, avionics, and experimental space systems. In addition, bachelor’s-level students enroll in a number of advanced science and mathematics classes like computer aided design and advanced engineering mathematics.

Outside of the classroom, students at the baccalaureate level often find an internship with an aerospace-related industry to gain professional experience and a sense of what everyday life as an aerospace engineer looks like. At many colleges, these four years of undergrad culminate in a comprehensive project revolving around designing or completing an aircraft or spacecraft.

What Can I Do with a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering?

A 4-year bachelor’s degree enables you to find employment as an aerospace engineer. In addition, the baccalaureate degree opens the door to other scientific jobs such as: Aircraft Designer, Spacecraft Designer, Military Aerospace Engineer, Compliance Officer, Data Processing Manager, and Payload Specialist.

How Much Do Aerospace Engineers Make?

An entry level average salary for an Aerospace Engineer is $69,000. 

 

As for the other jobs available with a bachelor’s degree, the average salaries range from $67,000 (Compliance Officer) and $74,000 (Military Aerospace Engineer) on the low end to $98,000 (Aircraft Designer) on the high end.

Graduate level

Earning a master’s degree in a field like aerospace engineering opens up job opportunities in positions that require more advanced education and skills. In addition, it provides students with more opportunities to network with professionals in the field. There are a few ways students can obtain a master’s degree in aerospace engineering. 

Grad students can opt to pursue either a thesis or non-thesis related track. In both instances, the aerospace engineering grad school experience consists mostly of lectures and lab work. The primary difference is going to be completion time: in a non-thesis track, the MA in aerospace engineering can be completed in as little as one year of independent study. 

On the other hand, the thesis track utilizes a more traditional master’s degree schedule and culminates in a capstone project. Master’s degree students pursue more advanced topics of study such as aeroelasticity, global positioning systems, aerospace theory, and space mechanics. 

For students who want to dig into the research aspect of the field, several schools offer a PhD in aerospace engineering. A PhD program involves intense lab work, independent study, and the opportunity to assist an aerospace professor for a semester. Every PhD student is required to put together a thesis and defend it before a faculty panel in order to earn their doctorate. In addition, all PhD students must pass a comprehensive skills examination to determine their knowledge of the aerospace engineering field.

What Can I Do with a Master’s in Aerospace Engineering?

In addition to becoming an aerospace engineer, a master’s degree provides the opportunity to pursue several other career fields such as: Mechanical Engineer, Industrial Engineer, Computer Hardware Engineer, Engineering Manager, Materials Engineer, and Manufacturing Systems Engineer.

Average salaries for these jobs range from $85,000 (Mechanical Engineer) and $103,000 (Computer Hardware Engineer) to a high of $137,000 (Engineering Manager).

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University of Florida

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Cornell University

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Arizona State University-Tempe

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University of Southern California

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University of Washington-Seattle Campus

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Ohio State University-Main Campus

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Syracuse University

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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University of California-Davis

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Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

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University of Miami

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San Diego State University

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University of Maryland-College Park

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Auburn University
Auburn University, AL
Auburn University

Auburn University is a 4-year public research institution and the second largest university in Alabama. Auburn encompasses 15 colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees in over 140 academic majors. Outside of the classroom, Auburn is home to...

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I'm in the engineering program and I am learning tons about software and how computers work. I highly recommend Auburn to anyone who is looking for an engineering school.

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University of Virginia-Main Campus

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia is a public institution in Charlottesville. UVA encompasses 12 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 70 fields of study. For artistically-inclined students, UVA...

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Johns Hopkins University

Named for a well-known abolitionist and philanthropist, Johns Hopkins University is a private institution in Baltimore and the first research university in the United States. JHU confers degrees and certificates in over 260 academic programs...

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All of the classes are full of material and even the intro classes go above and beyond what one would have learned in high school, and even in an AP class.

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University of South Carolina-Columbia

The University of South Carolina is a 4-year public research institution in the state capital of Columbia. South Carolina encompasses 12 colleges conferring undergraduate degrees. Additionally, U of SC is home to the first freestanding academic...

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, also known as Virginia Tech, is a 4-year public research university in western Virginia. Virginia Tech encompasses nine colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in 110 academic majors. To promote...

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For prospective engineering students, look no further than Virginia Tech. The school has one of the finest engineering programs in the country and as such all graduates leave with a slight advantage in their job hunt. It is a very rigorous program...

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Rice University

Originally founded as the William Marsh Rice Institute for the Advancement of Literature, Science, and Art, Rice University is a 4-year private institution in Houston. Rice encompasses six colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over...

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Most professors teach well, and expect students to attend lectures and read the assigned material, which leads to good retention of information. Unfortunately, the workload can be somewhat heavy at times, depending on classes taken.

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University of California-San Diego

Founded in 1960, the University of California of San Diego is a research institution located in La Jolla, CA. The 1,200 coastal woodland campus along the Pacific Ocean is home to six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, 5 graduate and...

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Teachers can be great, but you must go to class to actually learn. I never thought I'd be skipping classes, but it happens and I learned the hard way that this is NOT smart. Discussions with TAs can be incredibly helpful as well. I had a math class...

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, more commonly referred to as MIT, is a private research university that focuses on scientific and technological research. Located on 166 acres of land in Cambridge, MA, MIT maintains five schools hosting 30...

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MIT is the #1 Engineering school in the nation and perhaps the world. However, even those studying other subjects have come to a University that pushes the limits of time management and, quite plainly, one's genius. This University requires its...

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Rutgers University-New Brunswick

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Rutgers University is an excellent school because it offers various majors and minors to accommodate every student. Their Pharmacy, Engineering, as well as Business schools are widely acclaimed and their challenging programs drastically prepare you...

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University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

Founded in 1919, the University of Cincinnati is a 4-year public research institution and the second largest university in the state of Ohio. UC is home to 14 colleges and schools conferring degrees and is renowned as the first school to offer a co...

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I was delighted to find that most of the professors at UC really know their stuff and they are willing to help if you don't understand them on the first go. However, it certainly is useful to ask around about potential professors. I had a Chemistry...

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University of Kansas

The University of Kansas is a public research institution. The main campus is located in Lawrence, Kansas, and is one of five in the University of Kansas system. KU offers more than 200 undergraduate majors in one of the largest college towns in the...

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As with other colleges, freshman year generally means class sizes in the hundreds. However, the professors and teaching assistants do a relatively good job on relaying information to classes of these sizes. Most of my classes used PowerPoint slides...

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Iowa State University

Iowa State University is a public, land-grant university located in Ames, IA. The 1,813-acre campus features 6 undergraduate colleges offering 100+ majors, as well as residence hall, apartment-style, and Greek-life housing options for more than 35...

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The learning environment at Iowa State is unlike anything else, there's no doubt in my mind that it has been a challenge, but the school offers many resources for any student who is willing to seek them out. the collegiate learning experience demands...

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The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Founded two years before Tennessee achieved statehood in 1794, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville is the flagship campus of the UT system and the first public university west of the Appalachian Divide. UT is home to nine colleges and schools...

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I have completed a total of 34 hours at the UT campus. So far, I have learned a lot from my professors. While some classes are huge (200+), others allow for one-on-one time with other students and faculty. Even in the 200+ classes, discussion...

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North Carolina State University at Raleigh

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Great school; learn new things even in introductory classes.

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” – Wolfpackfan124
West Virginia University
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WVU is a big school; however, I have not met a professor who is not willing to help students outside of class. Even though there can be classrooms filled with 200 students at a time, it is very easy to get to know the professor and to work with them...

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University of Colorado Boulder

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California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

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CPP's staff is unmatched in many ways. Being an architecture major, I've met some of the best in the field and have been taught by professors who have been in the business a long time. Some classes can be frustrating if you have a teacher who doesn't...

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California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

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University of Nevada-Las Vegas

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The classes offer an incredible amount of insight and new information. Classes tend to start off a little slow in my experience, but when they did get going they got going quickly and I learned a lot in short amounts of time.

In addition, classes...

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San Jose State University

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I have taken English 1A, Latino Identity (psycology), Remedial Math, and Intro to Sociology. English 1A is the GE English class required for undergrad students. My teacher, Mr. Mujal, was amazing. It was a small class of 25, and he made sure everyone...

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University at Buffalo - SUNY

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This school has great programs for several different disciplines: Pharmacy, Architecture, Dentistry, Law, Nursing, Anthropology, etc. Spend some time really considering which one you would most like to pursue and then really immerse yourself in it.

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University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

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OU professors really teach you to think for yourself, especially your English professors. OU professor also teach you different research skills. You really do have to study a lot to make the grade but it is worth it. There are so many diverse...

” – Jayla from Tulsa, OK
Washington University in St Louis

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The classes I have taken have been interesting and challenging. It's a good idea to do some research on the professor, but generally you can expect a good experience. Class size really varies. I've had classes with 12 students, but also classes with...

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach

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As an Aerospace Engineering student I have found that learning at Embry-Riddle is based on your ability to teach yourself. Some professors are less willing to help than others, and often you must ask the right questions to get what you need. You...

” – Meagan from Hagerstown, MD
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the oldest continuously operating technological research university in the United States. On top of the usual academic offerings, RPI has programs in current and emerging issues, including in...

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RPI is a wonderful place to learn. The academics are rigorous here, but the hard work pays off. Although it's a technological institute, there are lots of fields you can pursue, including biology, architechture, management, information technology...

” – DS from Troy, NY
Case Western Reserve University

Founded by the merger of Western Reserve University and Case School of Applied Science, Case Western Reserve University is a 4-year private research institution in Cleveland. Case Western features nine schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in 95...

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The classes are very challenging and you definitely have to earn your grade, but when you look back at all you've learned, its worth it!

” – Meaghan from Harrah, OK
Mississippi State University

Originally founded as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi, Mississippi State University is a 4-year public university in eastern Mississippi. MSU is home to eight colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees...

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Mississippi State has a LOT to offer: I know a lot of colleges do too, but what makes MSU different from the rest is the great environment of friendly people and staff. They are sooo awesome, especially the folks here because they'll make you feel...

” – Rushil from Greenwood, MS
Western Michigan University

Established in 1903, Western Michigan University is a 4-year public university in Kalamazoo. WMU is home to eight colleges and schools as well as Lee Honors College—the oldest honors college in the nation. Additionally, Western Michigan hosts the...

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The academics offered here at WMU are great. The school is not too big that it is hard to get individual help, but its big enough to teach you how to learn on your own and use the facilities the school provides as help. The student writing center and...

” – Tim from Kalamazoo, MI
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus

Oklahoma State University is a public institution with university establishments in all 77 of Oklahoma’s counties. The school is a designated land-grant university and one of six US universities with a designated sun-grant. OSU's campus is home to...

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While classes can be big at any University, Oklahoma State is freshman friendly. As a freshman, you're bound to have some classes getting as big as 300 students and as small as 10-25, but despite the large difference, every single one of my...

” – Adam from Tulsa, OK
United States Air Force Academy

The United States Air Force Academy is a military training institution in central Colorado and the youngest of five American service academies. USAFA confers bachelor’s degrees in 31 academic majors and all students are expected to complete a core...

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seriously, USAFA has one of the toughest academic schedules anywhere, so you get one of the best educations anywhere! its supposed to be the 7th best school in the nation.

” – Ismael from U S A F Academy, CO
California State University-Long Beach

California State University-Long Beach is a public institution and the most applied-to campus in the 23 campus CSU system. The university is home to eight schools, with a majority of students attending the College of Business and the College of...

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I had a great orientation group my freshman year which taught me all the ins and outs of this place. The teachers here seem to have a real passion for their subject area. They're always available during their office hours and attempt to make their...

” – K. Lamb from Huntington Beach, CA
Southern New Hampshire University

Originally conceived as a school of accounting and secretarial science, Southern New Hampshire University has grown to become a 4-year private university. SNHU confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 150 academic majors available both on campus and...

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Easy to apply and admissions counselors are with you every step of the way. The online class formats are self-explanatory, and you quickly learn the ins and outs. You academic adviser is constantly available and takes the initiative in knowing how...

” – Katty from Reno, NV
Utah State University

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is a 4-year public university in northern Utah and the oldest residential campus in the state. Utah State is home to eight colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees. Additionally, the College of...

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I always am learning something new. Whether its in class with the great professors here or even if its just being away from home and even learning from all my fellow students. Utah State really has a great atmosphere for learning.

” – emily from West Bountiful, UT
University of Dayton

Founded by Marianist priests in 1850, The University of Dayton is a Roman Catholic university and the second largest private school in Ohio. Dayton is home to schools of Law, Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, and Education...

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Even in the classes that I had to take to fill basic requirements, my eyes were opened to the world around me. Because of these classes, I feel like my education has grown exponentially.

” – Heidi from Botkins, OH
Florida Institute of Technology

Founded as Brevard Engineering College in the midst of the Space Race, Florida Institute of Technology is a private research university with a focus on STEM programs. FIT is home to colleges of Engineering, Aeronautics, Liberal Arts, and Business. In...

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I came into this school pretty unprepared. I had planned on being an actress so switching to Chemical Engineering when I got to college was not something I had prepared for. However with the help of a great support system, mostly wonderful teachers...

” – Brittany from Cape Coral, FL
The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a public research institution considered to have the "highest research activity" by Carnegie.  THe campus in the heart of North Texas and features 9 different schools and colleges, a Smart Hospital, Gallery at...

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This school is definitely not some blow-off school. Sure there's many events to enjoy, but when it comes to the academics, its taken seriously. Each class requires much effort, but one can actually learn and apply to real-life situations, versus...

” – Kristina from Grand Prairie, TX
Saint Louis University

Founded by Jesuits in 1818, Saint Louis University is a private research institution and one of the oldest Catholic universities in the United States. SLU is home to 11 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate and graduate degrees. For students...

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I was nervous going into classes at SLU because in high school classes were too easy. After being challenged and being put to the test of studying and putting effort into classes, I realized that I was actually learning information, especially in...

” – Juliana from Joliet, IL
Illinois Institute of Technology

Created by the merger of Lewis Institute and Armour Institute, The Illinois Institute of Technology is a scientific and technical research institution in Chicago. IIT hosts eight colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 40 fields...

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Students that attend IIT go to study and become future leaders, not to fool around or party. I am currently learning so much from the architecture program. The professors are practicing architects and although I just ended my first semester, I feel...

” – Christian from Elgin, IL
Tuskegee University

Tuskegee University is a 4-year private school and an Historically Black College and University in east Alabama. Tuskegee offers bachelor’s degrees in over 65 academic majors and is the only HBCU to house a fully-accredited College of Veterinary...

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I'm a freshman at Tuskegee and I just finished my 1st semester. As an Animal Poultry and Veterinary Science Major I have learned so much more than I expected. I was expecting to only become a Vet with my major but our APSC 100 class taught me to open...

” – A. Smith
California Institute of Technology

The California Institute of Technology is a 4-year private science and engineering university in Pasadena. Caltech confers undergraduate degrees in 28 scientific fields of study. In addition to classroom space, Caltech is home to several research...

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You will learn more than you thought was possible. Sometimes it will seem impossible. It isn't.

” – Kimberly from Bloomington, IL
Wright State University-Main Campus

Named after Wilbur & Orville Wright, Wright State University is a 4-year public school in Dayton. Wright State features eight colleges and three schools granting degrees in 295 academic programs. In addition to classroom space, Wright State hosts the...

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Tunnels are awesome!!!

” – Courtney from Englewood, OH
Wichita State University

Situated at the top of a hill overlooking downtown, Wichita State University is a 4-year public research institution in Wichita. Wichita State features seven colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an Honors College and...

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Wichita State University has some of the best teachers and professors I have ever met. With very few exceptions I am able to understand all of them with acceptable to superb degrees, and all of them know their stuff much better than they would ever...

” – David from Wichita, KS
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

With campuses three miles apart, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities is the flagship campus with locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minnesota confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 150 academic majors and minors. In addition, the U of M is...

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If you are willing to spend the time, the professors are more than willing to help you out. Some of the classes are hard and require after class work, but in the end it's all worth it. They don't restrict you on what you can / can't take. It's up to...

” – Donald from Norwood, MN
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a school of engineering and technology in central Massachusetts. WPI grants bachelor’s degrees in 32 technical and scientific fields of study. In addition, every academic program is centered around...

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Classes are fast paced and can be difficult but there are many resources to help you. Professors are generally willing to help, as are other students. The Math and Science Help Center (MASH) is extremely useful for early math and science classes. An...

” – Alana from Taunton, MA
University of New South Wales (UNSW-Sydney)

The University of New South Wales is an Australian public university in the Sydney metro area. UNSW is home to nine academic faculties conferring undergraduate degrees and is a member of the Australian coalition of research universities known as...

Clarkson University

Founded in 1896, Clarkson University is a 4-year private school in northern New York State. Clarkson confers undergraduate degrees in over 60 academic fields of study. Additionally, the university hosts the SPEED program providing the opportunity to...

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This college is very demanding when it comes to some subjects and very laid back when it comes to others. The big 3 courses, physics, chemistry, and calculus, serve as a filter for the students. If you can't keep up and learn the material, you...

” – Dylan from Fort Edward, NY
New Mexico State University-Main Campus

Founded in 1888, New Mexico State University is a 4-year public school with a main campus in south central New Mexico. A designated Hispanic-serving research institution, New Mexico State encompasses six academic colleges conferring undergraduate...

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I am a junior studying Music Education here at NMSU and I have to say the music program as well as the school is very good. Besides the music professors, all other professors of all different majors are good and helpful. In high school, I didn't...

” – Melissa from El Paso, TX
Morehead State University

Morehead State University is a public institution situated at the base of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Morehead, Kentucky. MSU has one of only five space science programs in the nation and offers all students a chance for undergraduate...

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Love this school...not to small yet its right between home and Lexington. Campus is beautiful the lake is gorgeous. The housing on campus is getting updated and renovated, to make it more modern. Morehead is AHMAZING!!!

” – Jenna from Ashland, KY
The University of Alabama

Established in 1821, the University of Alabama is a 4-year research institution in Tuscaloosa and the oldest and largest public university in the state. UA features 12 colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in over 70 fields of study. For...

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This college is great for hands-on experience and in class learning. The teachers really care and are very knowledgeable in the area they teach. I have been able to take advantage of my teachers' office hours and really get to know them. I learned...

” – Brittney from Birmingham, AL
University of Alabama in Huntsville

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is a public school in northern Alabama and part of the UA system. UAH is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergrad and graduate degrees in over 80 academic fields of study. In addition to classroom...

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The small class size at UAH gives students the opportunity to interact with teachers as well as other students in a growing environment. Not only does the university provide a completely free tutoring program for nearly every class offered, but there...

” – Sarah from Tullahoma, TN
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology, Missouri S&T, is a 4-year institution that was founded in 1870. The Rolla-located university houses two colleges, the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business, as well as the College of Engineering and...

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MS&T is a great university with small town appeal, yet high tech education. Everyone is friendly and encouraging and tries hard to help you succeed. Their graduates are the second highest paid in the nation.

” – Zachery from Comstock Park, MI
United States Naval Academy

The United States Naval Academy is a 4-year service academy in Maryland’s state capital of Annapolis. The academy grants bachelor’s degrees in 25 academic majors and all Navy students are classified with the rank of midshipmen during their time on...

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You will learn a moderate amount in a wide variety of subjects. Be prepared though, there is a strong engineering focus.

” – Shipmate
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ, is an institution focused on STEM programs. It is the first FAA-approved training center for airline certification in the US. The school is also home to the NASA Space Grant lab and the nation...
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Walking into the labs I immediately felt at home, they have all the technology a budding engineer could ask for- and then some. Five wind tunnels available to the students (one of them supersonic) 3-d printers, CAD software and machine shops and much...

” – Amanda from Boonsboro, MD
Kingston University London

Located just 25 minutes from central London, Kingston University offers internationally-recognized qualifications and welcomes around 100 new students from the USA every year, with many more on Study Abroad and exchange programs. Founded in 1899, the...

Southeastern Oklahoma State University is a public, 4-year institution established on a rural, 269-acre campus in Durant. Southeastern offers nearly 80 undergraduate programs and 14 graduate programs, many of which are available to complete fully...

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The professors here are very knowledgeable. They are willing to help students outside of the classroom. The class sizes are small and give you a better one-on-one experience with the professor.

” – Bryanna from Durant, OK
West Virginia University Institute of Technology

The West Virginia University Institute of Technology is a STEM school and a campus of WVU in southern West Virginia. WVU Tech offers bachelor’s degrees in 34 scientific and technological majors. In addition to classroom facilities, the WVU Tech...

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This is one of the top schools in the country for Mechanical Engineering and I can't wait to attend this fall.

” – Lance from Wheeling, WV
University of Akron Main Campus

University of Akron is a public land-grant institution and research university located in Akron, OH. Akron is home to seven colleges conferring bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as a Student Recreaction and Wellness Center that features a...

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As a post-secondary student here, my classmates and professors made the transition to college style classes easy and were always willing to help. The campus is not confusing either so I have never had a problem finding my way to class. When walking...

” – Sophie from North Canton, OH
Capitol Technology University

Capitol Technology University is located northeast of Washington, DC, and provides programs in engineering, business, and computer and information sciences. It is a private institution, military-friendly school, and a designated Center of Academic...

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Capitol is the honestly the best school you can come to. We have amazing professors and small class sizes so students don't feel overwhelmed by a large class and intimidating professor, everyone here wants to help you succeed. Capitol has every type...

” – Rachel from Fort Washington, MD

The Naval Postgraduate School is a graduate institution established in Monterey, California. The college is operated by the United States Armed Forces and offers master’s, doctoral, and engineer’s degree programs to DOD employees, US Armed Forces...

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide is the online hub for Embry-Riddle’s distance learning courses. Embry-Riddle Worldwide offers 16 online bachelor’s degrees in seven areas of study, which include Space, Aviation, Engineering, and Applied...

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Easy to follow admissions process. One of the highest rated schools for engineering undergraduates. Classes are challenging, but fair. Instructors are professionals and understand that online classes have to compete with life; jobs, family and other...

” – Keith from Clermont, FL

The Air Force Institute of Technology is a graduate institution established in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Although many of the college’s students are affiliated with the Air Force, AFIT serves students from a wide variety of backgrounds...

Concordia University-Montreal

Concordia University in Montreal is the best university in Canada under 50 years old, according to the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings, and among the largest, with 50,000 students. Class sizes are nonetheless small, with an...

University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool is an institution located in the city of the same name. Founded in 1881, the redbrick university is proud of their founding mission, ‘for the advancement of learning and enoblement of life,’ which they still maintain today...

Imperial College London