Ranking of Aerospace Engineering PhD Programs

  Rank Program Regres Quality Survey Quality Research Product Faculty Grants Faculty Awards Student Outcomes Grad 6 years Profes Devel Stats Instruct Orient Intl Orient
  1-2 Stanford University Aeronautics and Astronautics 1-1 2-3 1-3 94% 3.1 24-27 54% 18 Yes Yes Yes
  1-3 California Institute of Technology Aeronautics 2-7 1-1 1-2 95% 1.3 1-3 86% 13 No Yes Yes
  3-10 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Aerospace Engineering 2-9 2-5 3-8 89% 0.2 6-12 53% 17 Yes Yes Yes
  3-11 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics 4-15 3-7 2-5 88% 1.2 2-7 58% 12 No Yes Yes
  3-13 Cornell University Aerospace Engineering 10-23 5-14 3-12 95% 0.7 13-24 69% 18 Yes Yes Yes
  3-12 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Aeronautics and Astronautics 2-5 7-16 8-23 77% 1.3 10-18 50% 15 Yes Yes Yes
  3-13 University of Colorado at Boulder Aerospace Engineering Sciences 2-6 4-12 4-16 100% 0.3 10-17 68% 17 No Yes Yes
  4-19 University of Maryland-College Park Aerospace Engineering 5-15 4-11 5-18 89% 0.2 2-9 47% 16 No Yes Yes
  5-18 Purdue University-Main Campus Aeronautics and Astronautics 6-16 7-16 8-23 70% 0.2 4-11 53% 18 Yes Yes Yes
  5-19 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus Aerospace Engineering 7-21 9-19 7-22 86% 0.3 19-23 67% 18 Yes Yes Yes
  5-21 Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus Aerospace Engineering 3-12 5-12 6-22 90% 0.4 10-17 30% 14 No Yes Yes
  6-21 University of Notre Dame Aerospace Engineering 9-22 11-22 6-22 88% 0.8 5-13 47% 14 No Yes Yes
  6-23 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Aerospace Engineering 8-21 8-18 10-26 86% 0.1 11-19 61% 16 Yes Yes Yes
  7-22 Texas A & M University Aerospace Engineering 11-24 5-13 7-21 75% 0.2 6-15 69% 16 No Yes Yes
  7-24 University of California-Los Angeles Aerospace Engineering 6-17 15-27 5-19 86% 0.8 28-30 19% 15 Yes Yes Yes
  8-24 University of Washington-Seattle Campus Aeronautics and Astronautics 12-24 10-21 6-22 88% 0.0 17-24 43% 17 Yes Yes Yes
  9-25 The University of Texas at Austin Aerospace Engineering 6-17 15-26 8-24 82% 0.5 23-26 48% 16 No Yes Yes
  9-24 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Aerospace Engineering 12-25 6-15 8-23 70% 0.3 12-22 37% 15 Yes Yes Yes
  9-26 North Carolina State University at Raleigh Aerospace Engineering 13-25 17-29 12-28 92% 0.2 14-24 19% 17 Yes Yes Yes
  10-26 University at Buffalo Aerospace Engineering 9-22 12-22 20-31 73% 0.0 1-5 29% 16 Yes Yes Yes
  13-28 University of Florida Aerospace Engineering 9-22 11-21 6-22 83% 0.1 24-27 39% 15 No Yes Yes
  13-28 Wright State University-Main Campus Engineering 18-27 16-28 8-26 92% 0.0 12-20 31% 12 Yes Yes Yes
  15-27 University of Cincinnati-Main Campus Aerospace Engineering 20-27 18-27 20-30 62% 0.3 15-23 45% 18 Yes Yes Yes
  17-30 Auburn University Main Campus Aerospace Engineering 27-31 21-30 22-31 78% 0.0 1-9 66% 15 No Yes Yes
  17-30 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Aeronautical Engineering 10-24 20-30 6-22 75% 0.1 29-31 0% 17 NA Yes Yes
  19-29 University of Southern California Aerospace Engineering 18-26 18-26 17-28 59% 0.0 5-14 40% 16 No Yes Yes
  19-31 Old Dominion University Aerospace Engineering 25-30 21-30 19-31 84% 0.0 10-25 25% 15 No Yes Yes
  21-31 University of Arizona Aerospace Engineering 28-31 20-29 20-29 56% 0.0 2-13 60% 16 No Yes Yes
  23-31 Ohio State University-Main Campus Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 19-28 19-31 26-31 60% 0.6 29-31 11% 17 Yes Yes Yes
  23-31 University of Kansas Aerospace Engineering 26-31 29-31 22-31 83% 0.4 28-31 38% 17 No Yes Yes
  24-31 Iowa State University Aerospace Engineering 27-31 24-31 22-31 74% 0.0


 


Best Engineering Schools Specialty Rankings: 
Aerospace / Aeronautical / Astronautical 
Ranked in 2009

1 California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA 4.8
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 4.8
3 Stanford University  Stanford, CA 4.7
4 Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA 4.3
Purdue University--West Lafayette West Lafayette, IN 4.3
University of Michigan--Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4.3
7 University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL 4.0
8 University of Texas--Austin (Cockrell) Austin, TX 3.8
9 Princeton University Princeton, NJ 3.7
University of Maryland--College Park (Clark) College Park, MD 3.7

 

 

Engineering Specialty Rankings: Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical
Ranked in 2008

1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 4.7
2 California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA 4.6
  Stanford University Stanford, CA 4.6
4 Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA 4.3
5 Purdue University--West Lafayette West Lafayette, IN 4.1
  University of Michigan--Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4.1
7 University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL 4.0
8 Cornell University Ithaca, NY 3.7
  Princeton University Princeton, NJ 3.7
  Texas A&M University--College Station (Look) College Station, TX 3.7
  University of Maryland--College Park (Clark) College Park, MD 3.7
  University of Texas--Austin (Cockrell) Austin, TX 3.7
13 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA 3.6
14 Pennsylvania State University--University Park University Park, PA 3.5
15 University of California--Los Angeles (Samueli) Los Angeles, CA 3.4
  University of Colorado--Boulder Boulder, CO 3.4
17 University of Southern California (Viterbi) Los Angeles, CA 3.3
18 University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN 3.2
19 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY 3.1
  University of Washington Seattle, WA 3.1
21 Iowa State University Ames, IA 3.0
  Ohio State University Columbus, OH 3.0
  University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 3.0
24 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC 2.9
  University of California--San Diego (Jacobs) La Jolla, CA 2.9
26 Air Force Institute of Technology WPAFB, OH 2.8
  Arizona State University (Fulton) Tempe, AZ 2.8
28 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 2.7
  University of California--Irvine (Samueli) Irvine, CA 2.7
  University of Florida Gainesville, FL 2.7
  University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 2.7
  Washington University in St. Louis (Sever) St. Louis, MO 2.7
33 Auburn University (Ginn) Auburn University, AL 2.6
  Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH 2.6
  University of California--Davis Davis, CA 2.6
  University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 2.6
  University of Kansas Lawrence, KS 2.6
  West Virginia University Morgantown, WV 2.6
39 Illinois Institute of Technology (Armour) Chicago, IL 2.5
  Missouri University of Science & Technology Rolla, MO 2.5
  Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--New Brunswick Piscataway, NJ 2.5

 

Engineering Specialties: Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical
New! Ranked in 2006*
Rank/School Average assessment
score (5.0=highest)
1. Stanford University (CA) 4.9
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 4.8
3. California Institute of Technology 4.6
4. Georgia Institute of Technology 4.2
  University of Michigan–Ann Arbor 4.2
6. Purdue University–West Lafayette (IN) 4.1
7. Cornell University (NY) 3.8
  Princeton University (NJ) 3.8
  University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign 3.8
  University of Texas–Austin 3.8
11. Texas A&M University–College Station (Look) 3.6
  University of Maryland–College Park (Clark) 3.6
13. Pennsylvania State University–University Park 3.5
  University of Colorado–Boulder 3.5
15. University of California–Los Angeles (Samueli) 3.4
  University of Southern California (Viterbi) 3.4
17. University of Minnesota–Twin Cities 3.3
  Virginia Tech 3.3
19. Ohio State University 3.2
  University of California–San Diego (Jacobs) 3.2
  University of Washington 3.2
22. Arizona State University (Fulton) 3.1
  University of California–Davis 3.1
24. Iowa State University 3.0
  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) 3.0
  University of Notre Dame (IN) 3.0
27. North Carolina State University 2.8
  University of California–Irvine (Samueli) 2.8
29. Case Western Reserve University (OH) 2.7
  University of Florida 2.7
31. Rutgers State University–New Brunswick (NJ) 2.6
  University of Arizona 2.6
  University of Cincinnati 2.6
  University of Virginia 2.6
35. Air Force Institute of Technology (OH) 2.5
  Illinois Institute of Technology (Armour) 2.5
  University at Buffalo–SUNY 2.5
  University of Kansas 2.5
  Wichita State University (KS) 2.5
* This ranking was computed in January of the year cited, based on data from a survey sent out in the fall of the previous year.
 
Engineering Specialties: Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical
Ranked in 2005*
Rank/School Average assessment
score (5.0=highest)
1. California Institute of Technology 4.8
  Massachusetts Institute of Technology 4.8
  Stanford University (CA) 4.8
4. Georgia Institute of Technology 4.3
5. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor 4.2
6. Purdue University–West Lafayette (IN) 4.1
7. Princeton University (NJ) 3.9
8. University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign 3.8
9. Texas A&M University–College Station (Look) 3.7
  University of Maryland–College Park (Clark) 3.7
  University of Texas–Austin 3.7
12. Cornell University (NY) 3.6
13. Pennsylvania State University–University Park 3.4
  University of California–Los Angeles (Samueli) 3.4
  University of Colorado–Boulder 3.4
  Virginia Tech 3.4
17. University of Southern California (Andrew and Erna Viterbi) 3.3
  University of Washington 3.3
19. University of Minnesota–Twin Cities 3.2
20. Arizona State University (Fulton) 3.0
  Iowa State University 3.0
  Ohio State University 3.0
  University of California–Davis 3.0
  University of California–San Diego (Jacobs) 3.0
  University of Florida 3.0
26. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) 2.9
  University of Arizona 2.9
  University of Notre Dame (IN) 2.9
29. Illinois Institute of Technology (Armour) 2.8
  University of California–Irvine (Samueli) 2.8
31. Air Force Institute of Technology (OH) 2.7
  Case Western Reserve University (OH) 2.7
  North Carolina State University 2.7
  University of Cincinnati 2.7
35. Rutgers State University–New Brunswick (NJ) 2.6
  Syracuse University (NY) 2.6
  University of Virginia 2.6
38. University at Buffalo–SUNY 2.5
  University of Kansas 2.5
  University of Missouri–Rolla 2.5

Engineering Specialties:
Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical

Ranked in 2004*

Rank/School

Average assessment
score (5.0=highest)

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 4.8
2. Stanford University (CA) 4.7
3. California Institute of Technology 4.5
4. Georgia Institute of Technology 4.3
  University of Michigan–Ann Arbor 4.3
6. Princeton University (NJ) 3.9
  Purdue University–West Lafayette (IN) 3.9
  University of Texas–Austin 3.9
9. Cornell University (NY) 3.7
  University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign 3.7
  University of Maryland–College Park 3.7
12. Penn State University–University Park 3.5
  University of California–Los Angeles 3.5
  University of Colorado–Boulder 3.5
15. Texas A&M University–College Station 3.4
  University of Southern California (Andrew and Erna Viterbi) 3.4
  Virginia Tech 3.4
18. University of California–San Diego (Jacobs) 3.2
  University of Minnesota–Twin Cities 3.2
  University of Washington 3.2
21. University of Notre Dame (IN) 3.1
22. Iowa State University 2.9
  Ohio State University 2.9
  University of Florida 2.9
25. Arizona State University 2.8
  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) 2.8
  University of California–Davis 2.8
28. North Carolina State University 2.7
  University of Arizona 2.7
  University of Virginia 2.7
31. Illinois Institute of Technology 2.6
  University of California–Irvine 2.6
33. Case Western Reserve University (OH) 2.5
  Syracuse University (NY) 2.5
  University of Cincinnati 2.5
  University of Kansas 2.5

Engineering Specialties: Aerospace
(Ranked in 2003*)

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2. Stanford University (CA)
3. California Institute of Technology
4. Georgia Institute of Technology
5. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
6. Purdue University–West Lafayette (IN)
7. University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign
8. University of Texas–Austin
9. Princeton University (NJ)
10. University of Maryland–College Park
11. Cornell University (NY)
12. Texas A&M University–College Station
13. Virginia Tech
14. Penn State University–University Park
15. University of California–Berkeley
16. University of California–Los Angeles
  University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
  University of Washington
19. University of Colorado–Boulder
20. University of Southern California

*This ranking was computed in January of the year cited, based on data from a survey sent out in the fall of the previous year.