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The 10 Techiest Colleges in the U.S.

Posted on Tuesday May 10, 2011 by Staff Writers

Lots of colleges and universities offer quality programs in engineering, the sciences and technology. But there are some schools that offer students of all kinds a completely technologically holistic experience, offering proximity to major techie corporations and internships, a huge range of courses and degrees devoted to different niches, and a world-renowned reputation for being all hopped up on techie genius. Here are the 10 techiest colleges in the U.S.

  1. MIT: While some colleges and universities — even big, research-oriented ones — have single departments that incorporate many different fields in engineering, the sciences or computer tech, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has 19 separate departments and programs in those fields, ranging from Biological Engineering to Mathematics to Nuclear Science and Engineering and more. Research institutes support scientists, students and faculty in astronomy, aeronautics, physics, neuroscience, nanoscience, and a lot more. MIT’s also known around the world as one of the most prestigious tech universities, and its MIT Regional Optical Network provides fast Internet connectivity and support over a 2,500 radius including Boston and New York City.
  2. Cal Tech: California Institute of Technology offers undergraduate and graduate study in numerous techie academic divisions, including chemistry and chemical engineering and biology. Ten astronomical observatories and telescope centers offer various opportunities for studying space and the regional landscape and patterns. Other research centers and institutes are prevalent on and off campus in the geological and planetary sciences and other fields. And while Cal Tech is notoriously small in class size, 65 alumni have won the National Medal of Science or Technology, and nearly half that have won a Nobel Prize.
  3. Stanford: Located in the tech capital of the U.S. — if not the world — Stanford is situated in Silicon Valley and offers an impressive number of majors and courses of study in science and technology, like photon science, structural biology, computer science, civil and environmental engineering, and more. Libraries, independent labs, dedicated research centers and integrated research and teaching facilities populate the university, and its faculty members are leaders in their techie fields, having one Nobel prizes, and the National Medial of Science and Technology, and are members of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Science, and more. Stanford was also ranked third in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2010 list.
  4. Columbia: New York City’s Columbia is one of the most prominent universities in the country, known for stellar undergraduate and graduate programs in law, medicine, writing and literature, the social sciences, and yes, engineering and the sciences. In fact, the second most popular major is engineering, with 21% of students selecting it as their course of study. Biology is in third place, with 9% of the student body majoring in that field. Medical techies can attend the schools or colleges of Nursing, Physicians and Surgeons, Public Health or Dental Medicine, and there are seemingly too many to count research centers for techies in all areas of study.
  5. University of California – Berekely: Often rated as one of the best engineering and IT schools in the world, UC Berkeley is known for impressive undergraduate and graduate programs in all of its colleges and schools, especially in health care, chemistry, engineering, the physical sciences, plant and microbial biology, and the School of Information. The school’s proximity to Silicon Valley also helps facilitate direct collaboration between students, faculty and researchers and professionals in the working world, all on the cutting edge of technology.
  6. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology: It might not have a highly recognizable name outside of the industry, but this Terre Haute, IN, school is one of the best for undergraduate and master’s degree-level techies, particularly those interested in engineering. Biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering and mechanical engineering are just a few of the majors offered at the well-ranked school.
  7. Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech isn’t just the preeminent techie school of the South — it’s one of the best in the world when it comes to all sorts of engineering programs, from industrial to mechanical to biomedical engineering and beyond. Students are encouraged to engage in research and try out new experiments and inventions, and in addition to being included in U.S. News and World Report‘s top 5 engineering departments, Georgia Tech is also recognized for graduating a diverse engineering student body.
  8. University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign: UIUC is a powerhouse school in terms of graduating top students in engineering, psychology and science and in bolstering research in various engineering and tech fields. Engineering and biological and the biomedical sciences are among the most popular majors at UIUC, and courses of study are scattered throughout academic departments in aviation; agricultural, consumer and environmental sciences; the liberal arts and sciences; and more. The famous Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is a well-respected organization supporting facilities and researchers in molecular and electronic nonstructural research, integrative imaging, human-computer intelligence interaction, and more.
  9. Purdue: Purdue University produces some of the brightest minds in American engineering and techie fields. Ranked highest for its industrial, biological/agricultural, and manufacturing engineering programs, Purdue faculty and research are also frequently published in nature journals worldwide. Thirteen technology majors are offered, 40 in the College of Agriculture, and science majors are divided among eight departments, giving techies of all sorts room to play.
  10. Carnegie Mellon: Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University is well-known for its Carnegie Institute of Technology, which also houses the College of Engineering. A School of Computer Science and Mellon College of Science also provide premier opportunities for techie study and research. Late professor and inventor Randy Pausch — who became an Internet sensation for his moving Last Lecture — was also a Carnegie Mellon faculty member.