Top STEM Colleges & Universities in 2019

Choosing a college can be a difficult and daunting process. Students must decide where they want to live and what they want to major in before they have even finished their senior year of high school. For some students, they are unsure of what they want to major in and will switch it during their time in college. However, for others, there path seems clear and the only deciding factor is where they want to get their degree from. 

For students with a love for science, technology, engineering and math, there are colleges across the country that focus on these STEM related degrees. Typically, these high ranking STEM colleges are also ranked high on the national list for top colleges as well. The number one STEM college is Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, and is ranked fourth nationally amongst all colleges.  

In 2018, Forbes created a list of the top 25 STEM colleges to inform and aid incoming college students on the best places to pursue their STEM education. The list is based off of overall quality of the STEM curricula as well as the success and income of those who have graduated from that university. 

Top 25 STEM colleges (according to Forbes in 2018): 

1.  Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2.  California Institute of Technology

3.  Harvey Mudd College

4.  Johns Hopkins University

5.  United States Naval Academy

6.  United States Air Force Academy

7.  Carnegie Mellon University

8.  Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

9.  United States Coast Guard Academy

10. Lehigh University

11. University of Rochester

12. Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

13. Case Western Reserve University

14. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

15. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

16. Colorado School of Mines

17. Worcester Polytechnic Institute

18. University of Portland

19. Stevens Institute of Technology

20. University of Tulsa

21. Stony Brook University

22. Clarkson University

23. Illinois Institute of Technology

24. Drexel University

25. Missouri University of Science and Technology

This list includes colleges from all across the United States. There is variety in location, specialization, cost of tuition and acceptance rates throughout the list. Forbes lays out these trends for their readers so that they can pick the school that best fits them and leads them down the path to future career success. 

Among the trends are: 

  • 14 of the schools are in the Northeast 
  • 9 are located in New York state
  • 5 are located in the Midwest 
  • 5 are located in the West
  • 2 are located in California
  • 1 school is located in the South 
  • 3 are military academies 
  • 6 have acceptance rates over 50 percent