8. Rensselaer Institute of Technology (Troy, New York)
An outstanding aspect of the Rensselaer experience is their BS-PhD program. In this unique program, students can enroll at RPI for a doctoral degree immediately after completing a Bachelor’s degree. This provides students an unparalleled opportunity for research at a prestigious university while getting paid to do so (at the PhD level).
The engineering program at RPI, known as MANE (Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering) enrolls nearly 1600 students, approximately 1400 being undergraduates.
The university as a whole has some of the most distinguished faculty working in science today. They include five National Medal of Science winners, a Nobel Prize winner, six National Medal of Technology recipients, members in the National Inventors Hall of fame, and more.
Interestingly, according to the school’s website, Rensselaer is home to the nation’s most powerful university-based supercomputers.
7. Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Blacksburg, VA)
At Virginia Polytech, students in the aerospace engineering program have recently built satellites deployed into space. Amazing opportunities like this are at the core of the Virginia Tech experience; much of the program’s focus is around building vehicles for space, air, and ocean.
Speaking of ocean, Virginia Polytech is home to a major in Ocean Engineering, which in fact is very similar to their Aerospace curriculum. Because of this, students can dual major in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at the school.
Uniquely, Virginia Polytech as a whole consistently scores high in metrics for student happiness. According to the Princeton Review in 2017, Virginia Tech is the 7th-happiest campus, 4th-best food campus, and 1st overall for quality of life.
Virginia Polyech’s aerospace engineering program is consistently ranked among the top in the world; US News ranked it recently in its top 20, and Best Value Schools ranked it number two on their list.
6. Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)
Stanford has one of the most compelling Aerospace Engineering programs in the world. Research at the school includes work on cyber safety for transportation, future aircraft design, space systems, and much more.
Faculty and alumni from Stanford’s aerospace engineering program are among the most celebrated in the world. Many graduates of Stanford have gone on to win Guggenheim fellowships, entrance into the National Academy of Engineering, and more. Amazingly, 11 percent of the nation’s PhD in aerospace engineering graduate from Stanford.
Stanford is home to some of the impressive facilities for studying aerospace engineering in the country. They include the Aerospace Computing Lab, which is used in the design of aircraft and other aerospace products, the Aerospace Design Laboratory, and even an experimental Flight Room.