As kids, we all were fascinated by the sky. The marvelous night sky made us wonder what is so special about the moon and the distant stars. Curious about what lies far away from our home planet, we all wished to explore farther planets and galaxies someday.
This curiosity can surely motivate you to become a space engineer. But it takes a lot more than that to make it a space engineer. Space engineers are needed to be good at math and physics. So, you need good grades to get into top space engineering colleges. Which is easier said than done.
Those confident of making it in this field should take a good look at the top colleges. This puts them in the driver’s seat. Which are the top space engineering colleges you ask? Here’s our list of the best space engineering colleges in the world:
- University of Michigan: Ann Arbor, Michigan
The University of Michigan was founded in 1817. Around 6,000 aeronautical and aerospace engineers have graduated since the programs were started in 1914. Five of them have orbited the earth and three have been to the moon. Another 20 alumni have been employed at SpaceX.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Since its inception in 1861, MIT has arguably been the top college in multiple fields of engineering. It has always been known for its commitment to research. MIT graduates earn about $15,400 more than the average income of aerospace engineering majors.
- Stanford University: Stanford, California
Founded in 1885, Leland Stanford Junior University is located in the famed Silicon Valley in California. Thanks to its location, students are less worried about getting placed. And they mostly do. The aerospace program was started in 1958. The curriculum includes astronautical and aeronautical studies.
- California Institute of Technology: Pasadena, California
Founded in 1891, Caltech’s aerospace department has a pretty fancy name. It is known as The Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of California Institute of Technology (GALCIT). This private research university provides aerospace minors for undergraduate programs. The graduate course comes with an education exchange program with Ecole Polytechnique.
- Purdue University–West Lafayette: West Lafayette, Indiana
The School of Aeronautics existed separately from 1920 to 1945. After this, it merged with Purdue University. Students first earned their BS in aeronautics graduation in 1943. In the six decades since, 5,824 BS,1,439 MS, and 474 Ph.D. degrees have been awarded to its brilliant.
- University of Texas: Austin, Texas
According to US News and World Report, the University of Texas ranked in the top 10 in the US for its undergraduate and graduate programs. Founded in 1883, the university bestowed its first-ever aerospace degree in 1927. It is also considered to be among the best research universities in the world.
- University of Illinois: Urbana, Illinois
The University of Illinois is a public research-intensive university. Its Aeronautical engineering department was formed in 1944. It is an RU/VH research university. This means it is a research university with very high research activity. In 1969, it got the most enrollments thanks to its students developing major advances in aircraft and space applications. Impressive feat with a history of just 25 years at the time.
- Virginia Tech: Blacksburg, Virginia
This public land grant university is a Polytechnic institute and State University. The Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering are classified as the same entity. Quite unique and strange. The annual expenditure on the research program goes over $6.5 million. No wonder they have some of the most progressive infrastructures like aircraft simulators and high-performance computer systems. On average, graduate students earn $62,000 in the early parts of their careers.
- Georgia Institute of Technology: Atlanta, Georgia
Georgia Institute of Technology is among the oldest research universities in the US. It offers one of the most prestigious aerospace engineering programs in the world. Its aerospace engineering program is also one of the biggest in the country. GeorgiaTech has made valuable contributions to the nation’s defense capabilities in the last century.
Some notable names which narrowly missed out on making this list are as follows:
- University of Tokyo, Japan
- University of Queensland, Australia
- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland
- Tsinghua University, China
- Seoul National University, South Korea
- University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, Colorado
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