We’ve been talking about engineering schools in a couple of recent posts, which is why I wanted to share an engineering list that my friend Michelle Kretzschmar at Do It Yourself College Rankings recently put together for her website.
Michelle, who is a data whiz, pulled together a list of universities that educate the largest number of engineer students where the admission requirements are too rigorous. ((MIT isn’t on this list.)
Because Michelle was looking for schools with the greatest concentration of engineering students almost all of the institutions on the list are public. The public schools that made the list had to have a five-year grad rate of at least 49 percent and an acceptance rate of at least 49%. The private schools had to have a four-year grad rate of at least 49%.
I suspect that most families assume that their children are going to graduate in four years, but most students don’t. The four-year grad rate for public colleges and universities is 31% and 52% for private institutions. Engineering students are more likely to have to remain in school five years to obtain their bachelors degree.
As you can see from Michelle’s chart, the four-year grad rates are best at two of the three private schools on the list. The four-year grad rates vary dramatically with the University of Illinois (67%) at the top and the University of Cincinnati (21%) at the bottom.