Petroleum Engineering

Oil is one of our planet's most important resources. It's a major energy source and helps drive the world economy. That's why petroleum engineers are so important and in such high demand right now. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the demand for petroleum engineers will increase by 26 percent from 2012 to 2022 - that's way higher than the 11 percent growth expected from all occupations. Students interested in majoring in petroleum engineering should have a strong background in math and science, and be prepared for vigorous coursework throughout their time studying. A bachelor's degree is the minimum degree required to secure a job in petroleum engineering, but a master's degree may be preferred by top employers. Some universities may accommodate this by offering a dual five-year bachelor's/master's degree option. Petroleum engineering students learn to develop, design, and operate the systems used to locate and extract crude petroleum and natural gas. They spend their careers searching for oil reserves and using science and math to figure out how to efficiently extract it without damaging the surrounding environment. Some may eventually leave the petroleum industry to work for lobbying groups, the government, or other energy companies.

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Stanford University

Stanford University is a research institution located in the California town of the same name. The more than 8,000-acre campus features seven schools, the largest of which is the School of Humanities and Sciences, and 80 residential facilities. With...

“…The college experience is more than just classes. Academics are just one part of Stanford life. The real difficult part is balancing your classes with all your extracurricular and social life. Yes, classes are difficult, but classes at any...” – Vivian

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State, is a land-, sea-, and space-grant university with a main campus in University Park. This public research institution was founded in 1855 and is one of the largest universities in the US by student body. Its...

“…The learning environment is so amazing at Penn State. There is literally something for everyone. A class for any type of interest. The professors show you things you never even thought about or heard about. The lessons are so in depth and there are...” – Ashley from Silver Spring, MD

Texas A & M University-College Station

Opening its doors on October 4, 1876, Texas A&M University’s College Station campus was the first institution of higher education in Texas. A&M is home to 16 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 125 academic programs. This...

“…The professors are willing to help out if you have problems with the material covered in classes.” – Amanda from houston , TX

The University of Texas at Austin

A Public Ivy and space-grant institution, the University of Texas at Austin is one of nine academic universities in the UT system, and also the first. Founded in 1883 and home to 18 schools and colleges, it is one of the largest schools in the US but...

“…As a student at the University of Texas at Austin, I have been afforded the opportunity to learn so much in the time that I have been here. I have met people from many walks of life and many different ethnic groups—many professors, teacher’s...” – Mirakol S. from Dallas, TX

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is a high-research institution located in Los Angeles, California, where it’s been educating students since 1880. The university is comprised of two campuses, the main University Park and the Health Sciences...

“…USC is the place for opportunities. You are not only paying for a great education, but also connections and resume builders that will help you get where you want in life. USC is a school for leaders and overachievers. ” – Madison from Los Angeles, CA

University of Houston

The University of Houston is a public research institution and the third-largest university in Texas. UH is home to 16 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in 108 fields of study. A diverse campus, UH has been designated an Hispanic-...

“…The University of Houston offers a large amount of options for your academic ambitions. At the same time it ensures that it has the professors to back them up. Most of the professors I've encountered are well educated in their fields and make a good...” – Spencer from Houston, TX

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

Founded in 1787 as the Pittsburgh academy, the University of Pittsburgh is a 4-year state-related research institution. Pitt is composed of 16 colleges and universities granting undergraduate degrees in numerous academic majors and minors. The Pitt...

“…Pittsburgh is a city. It has everything you could want: a social scene, amazing academics and professors, museums and movie theaters, literally EVERYTHING. It can be overwhelming if you are not a city person, but if you like life busy and on pace,...” – Chuck from Ohio

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

The Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College, more commonly known as Louisiana State, is the most comprehensive university in the state. This public university is located in Baton Rouge and is a designated land-, space-, and...

“…My case is quite different since I went to a college-like high school. LSU uses some of the same books and publishers my high school did. Regardless, some courses can be challenging, and the tests usually make you analyze and infer information. You...” – Hannah from New Iberia, LA

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...

“…i attended girl's state at ku this summer. ku has an absolutely gorgeous campus, a friendly environment, and so many great programs to choose from. i cannot wait to attend ku in the fall of 2017. ” – adrienne from dodge city, ks

West Virginia University
West Virginia University is a public, land-grant institution that operates 10 experimental farms and four forests across the state. Sociology, Journalism, and the Arts and Humanities are popular fields of study at this research-intensive university....

“…Most people consider WVU a 'party school,' but once you attend your first class you will find that it is not all play here on campus. The classes challenge you and all of the teachers here are very interesting.” – Elizabeth from Charlottesville, VA

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah

The University of Utah is a public research instititution situated in Salt Lake City that offers more than 100 undergraduate majors. The U is home to three professional arts organizations to complement the College of Fine Arts, and even features a 3...

“…I have learned a lot, and the professors are so helpful and nice. I got so sick this past semester and missed class for two and a half weeks. They were all so nice and let me make up tests and papers and quizes. They really understood and want me to...” – Julie from Castle Rock, CO

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

Founded in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a 4-year public institution in central Oklahoma. OU offers bachelor’s degrees in 170 academic fields of study. In addition to classroom space, the OU campus hosts the National Weather Center featuring a...

“…You will learn tons if you attend every class and do everything the professors ask of you. Take accurate notes and read over them after every class before exams. This helps tremendously, especially around finals week.” – Siobhan from El Paso, TX

Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University is a 4-year public research university and the flagship campus of the TTU System. Texas Tech encompasses 12 colleges and schools and is the only Texas college to feature an undergraduate university, law school, and medical...

“…The teachers here are AMAZING. No joke. I took a nap after one of my finals since I had time before my next one, and when I woke up I had missed my ISQS final! But, my teacher was super understanding and let me take a different final in his office...” – Maisey from Helotes, TX

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....

“…Mississippi State is obviously a football campus, but it doesn't stop there. This campus has a big heart for its students, plenty of opportunities and the chance for a better jump start on your future. The faculty is very hands on and will help with...” – Melody

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...

“…The professors here are wonderful and the actually care about your success in their classes. ” – Wendi from Broken Arrow, OK

University of Wyoming

Located on the high Laramie plains near the Snowy Range Mountains, the University of Wyoming is a land-grant institution and the state’s flagship institution. UW encompasses nine colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees in over 80 areas of...

“…Low tuition price, world renowned student pride, and an extraordinary amount of diversity make the University of Wyoming the place to be. This winsome, charming and entertaining school has a way of making anyone from anywhere feel like they have a...” – Raegan from Evanston, WY

University of North Dakota

Founded six years before North Dakota achieved statehood, the University of North Dakota is a 4-year public university in eastern North Dakota and the state’s largest institution of higher learning. UND offers undergraduate degrees in over 225...

“…I am definitely learning a bunch here at UND. The math classes I've had are better than any high school math, but the Chemistry classes I've had so far haven't been the best if you, like me, don't have a strong Chemistry background (thus the 4/5). A...” – Kat

Colorado School of Mines

The Colorado School of Mines is located in Golden, Colorado. Established in 1873, Mines has been focusing on the sciences and engineering for more than 130 years, expanding its focus to include understanding the Earth, harnessing energy, and...

“…CSM is a great engineering school. When I visited CSM I immediately knew this is where I wanted to further my education. The atmosphere at CSM is great, the professors are the best, and student life is just what I wanted. Golden is an awesome small...” – Jenna from Grand Junction, CO

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The second largest university in Louisiana, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a 4-year public school and part of the UL system. Louisiana Lafayette is home to nine colleges and schools offering bachelor’s degrees in 80 academic majors....

“…The teachers can either underestimate the amount their students can learn or overestimate what their students already know. Many teachers assume that their students cannot understand anything but the few that do not really rely on other teachers...” – Christine from Lafayette, LA

University of Tulsa

Founded in 1894, the University of Tulsa is a 4-year private research institution in northeast Oklahoma. Tulsa is home to six colleges conferring degrees in 67 academic majors and its campus is noteworthy for its Collegiate Gothic buildings. A...

“…The University of Tulsa is a small and selective school full of bright, high-achieving students who are so close that they're like one big family (I'm serious, we all pretty much know each other). Even though the city is a bit sketchy, I never feel...” – Caroline from Saint Louis, MO

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...

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Originally founded as the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, the University of Alaska Fairbanks is a public school and flagship campus of the U of A System. The oldest institution of higher-learning in the state, UAF is home to nine...

“…UAF is an excellent choice for STEM majors from what I've seen. The advising staff is incredibly helpful and easy to find. The campus has a great atmosphere and plenty of trails for the more adventurous. ” – Bailey from Valdez, AK

Saint Francis University

Founded in 1847, Saint Francis University is a Catholic liberal arts institution in western Pennsylvania and one of the oldest Franciscan Catholic universities in the United States. St. Francis confers undergraduate degrees in 48 academic fields of...

“…Saint Francis University has been great in transitioning me from living at home, to living away from family members. The environment is very welcoming and all of the faculty and staff are more than willing to help any student in need. Saint Francis...” – Jordan from Pittsburgh, PA

Marietta College

Marietta College is a small, private liberal arts college that was founded in 1835. All first-year students are required to take a College Life and Leadership Laboratory course as well as a first-year seminar. Students can compete for places in the...

“…The professors here are all really helpful, they all give you their office hours the first day if you need any extra help. Some even give you there cell phone numbers if you need help with homework. Marietta also has lots of tutoring programs to help...” – Brooke

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...

“…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

Montana Technological University

Montana Technological University, more commonly known as Montana Tech, is a special-focus 4-year institution located in Butte, MT. Since its founding in 1900, Montana Tech has grown to encompass four schools and colleges offering numerous associate’s...

“…All the Staff is knowledgable and helpful. The campus is beautiful. Lots of access to help with classes.” – Aimee from Butte, MT

Texas A & M University-Kingsville

Chartered in 1917, Texas A&M University-Kingsville is a 4-year public school and the oldest institution of higher learning in south Texas. Texas A&M Kingsville is home to six colleges granting undergraduate degrees. In addition to classroom space,...

“…This school is great for engineering and art majors. The campus is beautiful and lively with green grass everywhere. The students and faculty are very welcoming especially to new students.” – Kaitlin from Jourdanton, TX

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin is a 4-year public school in west Texas and a campus of the UT system as well as the only university in the country to be named for a geological formation. UT Permian Basin is home to five colleges...

“…The Professors have office hours and are widely and readily available. They will help you out with any problems you may have in their class. The University also has a Math and Science Center, and a STEM, and Mentor program. These programs hire tutors...” – Tiana from El Paso, TX

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology is a doctoral-level university that focuses on STEM disciplines, including information technology, computer science, physics and civil engineering. The campus is situated in the Rio Grande Valley,...

“…You will learn a lot if you come to tech and stick it out. Classes here are hard and a lot of students don't make it through the first year, but those that do are the ones who are willing to put the work into college. It is a really small campus so...” – Jon from Albuquerque, NM