There are many outstanding opportunities in the United States for students wishing to concentrate on STEM programs, including the best education programs for STEM students. The four schools discussed in this article granted over 50 percent of their degrees in STEM fields in 2012. Each school is also ranked in the top 50 of colleges by U.S. News & World Report 2013 Best Colleges. The colleges also represent programs that are available in four major regions of the country.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology This school, commonly called MIT, grants 86 percent of its diplomas in STEM fields and is ranked overall at number six in university rankings. It’s located near Boston in the town of Cambridge.
The school is widely known for its graduate School of Engineering and has strong undergraduate programs in chemistry, biology, physics, math and earth sciences. It also has a robust programming with funding that exceeds $650 million each year. Tuition is just under $44,000 and the acceptance rate is slightly under 9 percent.
California Institute of Technology Caltech, as it’s called by students, is located in Pasadena, which is quite close to Los Angeles. Approximately 98 percent of the degrees granted are in STEM programs. The school has an overall ranking of number 10 among universities.
This school has very strong graduate programs in chemistry, biology, computer science, math and physics. Degrees are varied from master degrees in electrical engineering to bachelors in general sciences like physics. Caltech is involved in a great deal of research and receives grants from NASA and the National Science Foundation. Alumni have founded the companies Intel, Hotmail and Compaq. Tuition is approximately $41,500 and the acceptance rate is just under 12 percent.
Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia Tech is located in Atlanta and has a very urban setting. It ranks 36th overall in national rankings, and grants 76 percent of its degrees in STEM fields. It’s a state university, so the tuition is a reasonable $10,650 for in-state students and $29,954 for out-of-state students. The acceptance rate is approximately 59 percent, which makes it somewhat easier to get into as a freshmen.
The main focus of its programs are in the College of Engineering, which is a graduate level school. However, most of its programs are the undergraduate level are in chemistry, computer science, earth science, and math. All of these provide excellent stepping stones to graduate level programs that are generally required for those wishing to work in the STEM fields.
Case Western Reserve This school has a Midwest urban setting in Cleveland. However, the large campus has an active farm, so it’s an interesting choice for biology and animal science majors. Case offers all the typical undergrad STEM degrees that lead to acceptance to graduate level programs.
It ranks well in the university statistics at 37 and it grants about 53 percent of its degrees to students in STEM programs. It’s a private institution with a yearly tuition of just under $42,000, and has an acceptance rate of 54 percent, which like Georgia Tech, makes it a somewhat easier institution to get in as a freshman.
Case has an excellent School of Engineering, but it is best known for its biomedical engineering program, which is considered to be one of the best in the world. Students who study here will find a nice mix of students in all fields of study since Case has a lower level of students graduating with STEM degrees, so there are opportunities to step out and experience other classes.
Jobs in the STEM field require a great deal of study, often on the graduate level. However, jobs can be found in all types of engineering firms, in both private and government labs and universities. All you need to do is find your perfect niche. These type of jobs also offer opportunities to work abroad designing and inspecting buildings as well as teaching.
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Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. In her research for this article she talked to students who were getting master degrees in electricalengineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology and learned about their dream schools For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.