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Acclaimed Engineering Schools

Some of the highest-paying occupations are in engineering. First-year salaries for graduates with bachelor’s degrees in 2013 averaged $63,000, according to the nonprofit National Association of Colleges and Employers. Seven of the 10 college degree programs that result in the most lucrative salaries involve engineering.

Petroleum engineering featured the highest starting pay ($96,200) among all majors in 2013. Beginning computer engineers placed second at $70,300, with engineering majors ranking third at $66,900. Students of aerospace, aeronautical and astronautical engineering and those with degrees in mechanical engineering tied for fourth at $63,900. Graduates in electrical, electronics, and communications engineering netted an average of $62,500. Engineering technology, at $60,900, placed eighth among all occupations.

Engineering jobs pay so well in part because of the significant financial investment in education, and years of hard work, required to become an engineer. Another reason for the high salaries is the shortage of many types of engineers.

Students who are interested in engineering may want to consider the rewards of majoring in one of the discipline’s numerous specialties. Many colleges and universities offer degree programs in various engineering fields.

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, as well as U.S. News & World Report, have compiled lists of the top schools for engineering majors. Here is a look at the universities receiving the highest marks.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The famed MIT in Cambridge, Mass., ranked at the top of the lists published by the ABET and U.S. News in 2013. That year, 3,163 students were majoring in engineering at the school. The annual tuition for a full-time student was $41,770.

MIT, according to the ABET, has the best aerospace, aeronautical, and astronautical engineering program. The organization also placed MIT at the top for chemical; computer; electrical, electronic, and communications; and mechanical engineering.

Stanford University

Both lists featured California’s Stanford University ranking alongside MIT as the best engineering schools that offer doctorate degrees. Stanford’s engineering enrollment in 2013 was 3,548 students, with a tuition rate of $43,950.

No engineering school has better degree programs for environmental and environmental-health engineering students, according to the ABET. However, Stanford is a tough school to get into, as it accepts fewer than 10 percent of student applicants.

University of California-Berkeley

Tied for first in the ABET rankings and third on the U.S. News list was the University of California-Berkeley. It had an engineering enrollment of 1,837 students and a tuition rate of $11,220 ($26,322 for out-of-staters) in 2013.

UC-Berkeley, which has been called the nation’s best public university, is top-ranked by ABET in civil engineering. It is second in chemical engineering, as well as environmental and environmental-health engineering.

California Institute of Technology

The California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, is among the most famous engineering schools. It placed fourth on the U.S. News list. CIT had 587 engineering students and a tuition rate of $38,084 in 2013.

Carnegie Mellon University

Coming in fifth on the U.S. News list was Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Penn. It is renowned for programs in an array of science and engineering fields. The engineering enrollment was 2,857 students, with a tuition rate of $38,900, in 2013.

These are just some of the options for students looking for a good engineering school. The Georgia Institute of Technology, Purdue University, the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor also have won praise.

According to the ABET, the best undergraduate engineering programs (where doctorates are not available) are at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.; Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif.; and the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

The Online College Database reported that Northwestern University has the most degree programs in engineering. Next on that list are the Missouri University of Science and Technology, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, the Colorado School of Mines, and the University of Southern California.

Money is not the only factor in choosing a major and deciding upon a career. Students are advised to focus on occupations that they enjoy doing. Those who like engineering can pursue their passion and make a lot of money. They may want to consider applying to some of the schools on these lists.

Athletics your passport to Health, scholarships and popularity

If you have made it to the college of your choice, you are halfway there. The rest of the journey lies in what you do on campus (and off campus) to make your experience truly rewarding! While academics are undoubtedly a significant portion of your college life, you should never miss out on athletics! It’s not just a sport – it’s an opportunity!

Scholarship Opportunities

It is an implied benefit most outclass athletes receive in compensation for their participation in sports – on local and national level. Most colleges and universities are willing to support your sports skills through your academic tenure while you play on their behalf. Athletic scholarships usually incorporate your sports, nutritional, accommodation and educational expenses along with a few extra bucks to pay for your stationary items. So you can pursue your professional studies without paying a dime out of your own pocket!

There are certain associations like the NCAA that are working to make life for student-athletes truly rewarding. This does not only include providing athletic scholarships but also involves complete healthcare and training facilities that help in grooming your sports strengths. At the same time, they also focus on your academic requirements in the form of academic counseling, tutoring, study help and so on and so forth.
Partial scholarship opportunities are also available for students who may exhibit promising potential but do not have a longstanding track record to support it. This means even if you are unable to get into the free zone, you can still avail partial relief from your college and university expenses.

Pricelessly Healthy

No sports can be played unless you have been declared fit for it. If you have made it to the athletic scholarships lists, you will have your school paying to keep you healthy! This includes your physical fitness trainers and nutritional experts working together to make sure you perform your best on the field. So when you get to the other side (graduate), you are healthier and more energetic than most of your fellow mates!

Admittedly, this means foregoing a lot of the eating (and drinking!) habits that you love. Nevertheless, there is no replacement for your health. In a few years time down the road, you would look back and be glad at the choices you made as a student-athlete.

Being Popular By Doing What You Love

And then there is the king (and queen) protocol most college and university level sports personalities receive when they have won the game! Most students (and teachers as well) remember your name. If you’ve made a spectacular achievement, it remains engraved on the “wall of fame” forever. There is so much to boost your self-confidence that when you step into the real world, you feel truly invincible! If you’ve got good grades along with your sports performances, most employers would be more than willing to offer you a job. You get the best of both worlds by doing what you love!

Sports Relieves Stress

It mostly comes with health and fitness, but it is nevertheless worthy of mention. Sports activities help in relieving stress. This is why despite their extremely busy schedules; student-athletes are able to get through tough times juggling two bowls of fire at the same time.

Indeed, most of the student-athletes who shared their stories put specific emphasis on their overstuffed schedules. Training for the sports and also keeping up with academics while your body screams for some rest can be quite challenging. If you are travelling to attend sports events, it gets even tougher to manage. Nevertheless, athletics helps in relieving stress. In the long run, student-athletes may come off in better shape than most “strictly-studies” personalities.

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