Best Mechanical Engineering Colleges in California

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We have created a 2018 ranking of the best colleges in California that offer Mechanical Engineering degrees to help you find a school that fits your needs. Each school's ranking is based on the compilation of our data from reliable government sources, student surveys, college graduate interviews, and editorial review. In addition, you can view our entire list of all 29 Mechanical Engineering schools located within California. We also provide reviews, facts, and questions and answers for schools on our site and offer you access to get valuable information from colleges and universities today.

Best Mechanical Engineering Colleges in California for 2018

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Stanford University Stanford, CA

Department of Mechanical Engineering

A top-notch faculty, nationally ranked programs, some 65 state-of-the art university centers and labs, along with intelligent and supportive classmates – what else could an engineering major want from a school? Well, how about a pristine campus located in sunny California in the heart of Silicon Valley where opportunities for internships, learning experiences, and employment abound? Stanford’s School of Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century -- engineering faculty and graduates have founded an estimated 12,700 companies over the decades -- and shows no signs of slowing down. Engineering is one of the university’s most popular majors, and roughly 1,600 undergraduates and 3,200 graduate students seek degrees through the school’s nine academic departments. The mechanical engineering department centers itself around five themes: biomedicine, computational engineering, design, energy, and multi-scale engineering. Curiosity-driven research that crosses disciplines or even schools is encouraged, as seen by the School of Engineering’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, which brings together students and faculty in engineering, business, education, medicine, and the humanities to learn design thinking and work together to solve big problems in a human-centered way. Think outside the boundaries, and you may be on your way to being Stanford’s next successful alum!

Based on 64 Reviews
2 University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA
UC Berkeley

University of California-Berkeley offers 4 Mechanical Engineering Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 346 students graduated in the study area of Mechanical Engineering with students earning 168 Bachelor's degrees, 137 Master's degrees, and 41 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 140 Reviews
3 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA

University of Southern California offers 4 Mechanical Engineering Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 228 students graduated in the study area of Mechanical Engineering with students earning 139 Master's degrees, 83 Bachelor's degrees, and 6 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 52 Reviews
4 University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA

University of California-Los Angeles offers 3 Mechanical Engineering Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 211 students graduated in the study area of Mechanical Engineering with students earning 104 Bachelor's degrees, 82 Master's degrees, and 25 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 88 Reviews
5 University of California-Irvine Irvine, CA

University of California-Irvine offers 4 Mechanical Engineering Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 253 students graduated in the study area of Mechanical Engineering with students earning 190 Bachelor's degrees, 50 Master's degrees, and 13 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
6 University of California-Davis Davis, CA

University of California-Davis offers 4 Mechanical Engineering Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small suburb. In 2015, 238 students graduated in the study area of Mechanical Engineering with students earning 191 Bachelor's degrees, 34 Master's degrees, and 13 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 92 Reviews
7 University of California-San Diego La Jolla, CA

University of California-San Diego offers 3 Mechanical Engineering Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 149 students graduated in the study area of Mechanical Engineering with students earning 107 Bachelor's degrees, 25 Master's degrees, and 17 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 36 Reviews
8 California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA

California Institute of Technology offers 4 Mechanical Engineering Degree programs. It's a small private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 40 students graduated in the study area of Mechanical Engineering with students earning 28 Bachelor's degrees, 9 Doctoral degrees, 3 Master's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
9 California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo offers 2 Mechanical Engineering Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small suburb. In 2015, 223 students graduated in the study area of Mechanical Engineering with students earning 203 Bachelor's degrees, and 20 Master's degrees.

Based on 68 Reviews
10 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University offers 4 Mechanical Engineering Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 84 students graduated in the study area of Mechanical Engineering with students earning 48 Bachelor's degrees, 36 Master's degrees.

Based on 20 Reviews

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Stanford University Stanford University Stanford, CA
5/5
6 : 1 16,980
University of California-Berkeley University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA
3/5
21 : 1 38,189
University of Southern California University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
5/5
16 : 1 43,401
University of California-Los Angeles University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
3/5
12 : 1 41,908
University of California-Irvine University of California-Irvine Irvine, CA
3/5
17 : 1 30,836
University of California-Davis University of California-Davis Davis, CA
3/5
15 : 1 35,186
University of California-San Diego University of California-San Diego La Jolla, CA
3/5
15 : 1 32,906
California Institute of Technology California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA
5/5
7 : 1 2,255
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
3/5
23 : 1 20,944
Santa Clara University Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
5/5
14 : 1 8,680
University of California-Santa Barbara University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
3/5
24 : 1 23,497
San Diego State University San Diego State University San Diego, CA
2/5
31 : 1 34,254
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona California State Polytechnic University-Pomona Pomona, CA
2/5
31 : 1 23,717
California State University-Long Beach California State University-Long Beach Long Beach, CA
2/5
27 : 1 37,446
University of California-Riverside University of California-Riverside Riverside, CA
3/5
24 : 1 21,385
University of California-Merced University of California-Merced Merced, CA
3/5
21 : 1 6,685
San Jose State University San Jose State University San Jose, CA
2/5
31 : 1 32,773
University of San Diego University of San Diego San Diego, CA
5/5
15 : 1 8,251
California State University-Fullerton California State University-Fullerton Fullerton, CA
2/5
30 : 1 38,948
Loyola Marymount University Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
5/5
13 : 1 9,392
California State University-Northridge California State University-Northridge Northridge, CA
2/5
32 : 1 41,548
University of the Pacific University of the Pacific Stockton, CA
5/5
12 : 1 6,281
California State University-Sacramento California State University-Sacramento Sacramento, CA
2/5
31 : 1 30,284
California State University-Los Angeles California State University-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
2/5
32 : 1 27,680
San Francisco State University San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
2/5
28 : 1 30,256

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Additional Mechanical Engineering Degree Facts for California Schools

California Schools offering online Mechanical Engineering degrees

Online Mechanical Engineering degrees are available with as many as 160 degrees earned at the most popular school. Read more below about all schools that have offered online Mechanical Engineering degrees. If you are interested learning more about getting a degree online, check out our page dedicated to online degree information.

Certificate
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
School Name Certificate Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctoral
Stanford University 0 0 0 160 0
How many California schools offer online Mechanical Engineering degrees?
  • 1 Master's

What Mechanical Engineering degree programs were earned in California?

Degree Level Program Length Colleges Graduates
Bachelor's 4-year Length 29 Colleges 2,792 Graduates
Doctoral 1-2 year Length 12 Colleges 186 Graduates
Master's 1+ years Length 22 Colleges 900 Graduates
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