Top 10 Engineering Graduate Schools in the USA

US News and World report recently published their list of the top 10 engineering graduate schools in the USA. This year‘s list contain some of the usual contenders plus several other newcomers.

    Top 10 Engineering Graduate Schools in the USA

  1. MIT
  2. Stanford
  3. University of California – Berkeley
  4. Georgia Institute of Technology
  5. University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign
  6. Carnegie Mellon University
  7. California Institute of Technology
  8. University of Southern California
  9. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
  10. University of Texas – Austin

So this brings up another interesting discussion as it pertains to engineering education,

  1. Do you think that having a degree from one of the top schools really makes a difference to your career prospects?
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  3. While on-campus recruiters may value the top schools and routinely offer the best jobs to the best graduates, once you’ve left your first job, does the school you attended still matter?

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  1. Right or wrong, credentials and associations change how people perceive you. If you graduate from Harvard or Yale, you are forever labeled with that brand, provided opportunities others aren’t, and given the benefit of the doubt your ENTIRE life. Why is human nature, therefore, different when it comes to graduates of top engineering schools?

  2. Graduating from one of the top schools in engineering may only make a difference in the beginning of your career. After a decade or more out of school it is your contacts who make the bigger difference. Having a relative in a company you apply to is a bonus. But you still have to perform well or the advantage is lost.

  3. I went to USC. And one nice thing is that it has opened up opportunities for me via the alumni association that other schools don’t seem to share.

    It’s how i found my current job, and also how i’m able to keep a lot of contacts in the industry.

    Obviously, i think that school is just part of the bigger picture though. You have to be able to carry yourself in a situation or the best education in the world won’t much matter.

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