Best Engineering colleges in Indiana

Why a degree in engineering?

Let’s face it, you’re smart. You passed science and math classes with flying colors, and you are the “go-to” when it comes to computer help. You probably took apart a lot of things in your childhood just to see how they worked. Now here you are, ready to literally build the future.

How to prepare for an engineering degree

Engineering has a lot of positives. As suspected, student debt won’t be a concern since finding an engineering career with a starting salary less than $55,000 or an average salary less than $85,000 is more difficult than learning the RubixCube pattern. If money isn’t your driving factor, how about the 85% of engineers who are satisfied with their jobs*, despite longer workdays.

It’s the challenges every day that keep engineers and their ticking minds happy. So if you think you can hack it out with the best of them, brush the dust off that TI84 and get ready. It really is rocket science.

*Evaluation Enginering, EE-Evaluation Engineering’s 2013 salary survey, http://www.evaluationengineering.com/articles/201308/work-life-balance-key-to-job-satisfaction.php

Best Engineering colleges in Indiana for 2021

Purdue University-Main Campus
West Lafayette, IN
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In the spring semester of 1875, Purdue University offered its first four-year degrees in engineering for students who wanted to study either mechanical or civil engineering. Since that time, the engineering program has grown exponentially: In the 2014-2015 school year alone, Purdue awarded over 2,500 graduate and undergraduate degrees in disciplines such as nuclear, electrical and computer, biomedical, agricultural, and chemical engineering. The engineering program currently has 11,083 students and 409 faculty members.

Outside of the classroom, Purdue University’s College of Engineering students have the opportunity to see how academic concepts are applied to research problems by contributing to studies conducted by the Office of Research. The school’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program, or SURF, pays students to work on original research projects under the supervision of a faculty member. For example, students developed a model designed to study DNA sequences and a voice box for those who have undergone larynx surgery. Students who participate in the SURF program also attend an engineering symposium and celebrate their success at an end-of-summer banquet.

Ivy Tech Community College
Indianapolis, IN

Ivy Tech Community College offers 49 Engineering degree programs. It's a very large, public, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 1,664 Engineering students graduated with students earning 1,089 Certificates, and 575 Associate's degrees.

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame offers 30 Engineering degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 604 Engineering students graduated with students earning 395 Bachelor's degrees, 131 Master's degrees, and 78 Doctoral degrees.

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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology offers 20 Engineering degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 479 Engineering students graduated with students earning 445 Bachelor's degrees, and 34 Master's degrees.

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis offers 33 Engineering degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 779 Engineering students graduated with students earning 523 Bachelor's degrees, 215 Master's degrees, 38 Certificates, and 3 Doctoral degrees.

Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN

Indiana State University offers 33 Engineering degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 296 Engineering students graduated with students earning 257 Bachelor's degrees, 29 Master's degrees, 8 Doctoral degrees, and 2 Certificates.

Ball State University offers 29 Engineering degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 188 Engineering students graduated with students earning 113 Bachelor's degrees, 53 Master's degrees, 18 Certificates, and 4 Doctoral degrees.

Vincennes University
Vincennes, IN

Vincennes University offers 32 Engineering degree programs. It's a large, public, four-year university in a remote town. In 2019, 354 Engineering students graduated with students earning 215 Associate's degrees, 101 Certificates, and 38 Bachelor's degrees.

Indiana University-Bloomington offers 14 Engineering degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 428 Engineering students graduated with students earning 338 Bachelor's degrees, 79 Master's degrees, 7 Certificates, and 4 Doctoral degrees.

Valparaiso University
Valparaiso, IN

Valparaiso University offers 9 Engineering degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 132 Engineering students graduated with students earning 132 Bachelor's degrees.

List of all Engineering colleges in Indiana

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Purdue University-Main Campus Logo Purdue University-Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
3/5
22 : 1 45,500
Ivy Tech Community College Logo Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN
2/5
59 : 1 72,689
University of Notre Dame Logo University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
5/5
10 : 1 12,683
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Logo Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Terre Haute, IN
5/5
11 : 1 2,038
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Logo Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
3/5
29 : 1 29,537
Indiana State University Logo Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN
3/5
26 : 1 12,144
Ball State University Logo Ball State University Muncie, IN
3/5
21 : 1 22,443
Vincennes University Logo Vincennes University Vincennes, IN
2/5
92 : 1 17,239
Indiana University-Bloomington Logo Indiana University-Bloomington Bloomington, IN
3/5
20 : 1 43,260
Purdue University Fort Wayne Logo Purdue University Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN
3/5
33 : 1 10,208
Trine University Logo Trine University Angola, IN
5/5
32 : 1 3,970
Indiana Institute of Technology Logo Indiana Institute of Technology Fort Wayne, IN
5/5
35 : 1 2,223
Valparaiso University Logo Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
5/5
12 : 1 3,502
University of Evansville Logo University of Evansville Evansville, IN
5/5
14 : 1 2,371
University of Southern Indiana Logo University of Southern Indiana Evansville, IN
3/5
30 : 1 10,705
Indiana University-East Logo Indiana University-East Richmond, IN
2/5
37 : 1 3,766
Manchester University Logo Manchester University North Manchester, IN
5/5
12 : 1 1,415
University of Indianapolis Logo University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
5/5
19 : 1 5,801
Taylor University Logo Taylor University Upland, IN
5/5
16 : 1 2,173
University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne Logo University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN
5/5
17 : 1 2,249

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