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Great Colleges and Universities for Science and Engineering in the Northeast

Want to study the Earth's mantle or outer space? Newton's laws of motion or laws of thermodynamics? These colleges in the Northeastern US are all great options!

Are you ready to split the atom, explore the galaxy, or make the next great scientific discovery? If so, we have some great higher education options for you! This list features amazing STEM programs at colleges and universities across the Eastern part of the United States. If you see a school that excites you, just click the green “Connect me” button to request more information, then they’ll reach out to you. It’s the easiest way to find the best-fit STEM program for your goals!

Albright College

Albright College Albright College is a church-affiliated liberal arts institution on a 118-acre campus located at the edge of a residential section of Reading, Pennsylvania—45 miles from Philadelphia. The College offers science majors in Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Marine & Aquatic Science, Physics, and Psychobiology. Many students work one-on-one with faculty mentors through programs like the Albright Creative Research Experience (ACRE), while the unique January Interim term allows students to complete coursework and engage in travel guided by faculty to locations such as Costa Rica, Ecuador, Hawai’i, and more. 

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Bucknell University

BucknellBucknell University is a private residential liberal arts institution in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania—three to four hours from New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. Students can choose from majors in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biology, Biomedicine, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, and more through the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Freeman College of Management. Bucknell also offers high-tech labs and cutting-edge equipment while helping students secure the money they need to pursue research and get their findings published.

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Caldwell University

Caldwell UniversityCaldwell University is a church-affiliated liberal arts institution with a 70-acre campus in Caldwell, New Jersey—20 miles from New York City. Approximately 2,300 full-time, part-time, and grad students are enrolled in 31 undergraduate degrees and 31 graduate programs, including new programs in Computer Science, eSports Management, Public Health Education, and Healthcare Administration. Caldwell also has a number of affiliation programs with other colleges and universities in the health professions, including Medicine, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Optometry, Occupational Therapy, Veterinary Medicine, Medical Technology, and Athletic Training. 

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Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie MellonCarnegie Mellon University is a private coeducational university with a 148-acre main campus just five miles east of downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With around 15,000 undergrad and graduate students enrolled, the University offers majors in Computer Science, Engineering, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, Technology, and more, including options for a Bachelor of Science & Arts and a Bachelor of Computer Science & Arts. Undergraduates have ample opportunities to work on research projects independently and with preeminent faculty, developing cutting-edge technology every day.

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The Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of AmericaThe Catholic University of America is the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, with a 184-acre campus just north of Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. More than 3,000 undergraduate students are enrolled in 12 schools and over 70 undergraduate programs in Architecture, Data & Technology, Engineering, Environment, Health Care, Life Sciences, Math, Physical Sciences, and more. CatholicU also offers 32 research centers and facilities as well as Research Day, when classes are canceled so students and faculty members can present proposals, oral presentations, posters, and other research throughout campus. 

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Clarkson University

Clarkson University logoClarkson University is a private research university on a 640-acre campus in Potsdam, New York, with additional graduate programs and research facilities in Schenectady and Beacon. The University offers more than 90 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences, and health professions to 4,800+ students. Clarkson also offers students pursuing STEM programs numerous competitive design teams, collaboration Hubs to ideate and start new ventures, co-op opportunities, and much more. 

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Columbia University

Columbia UniversityColumbia University is a private coeducational institution with a 36-acre campus in New York City, New York. Students from all 50 states and over 100 countries pursue 24 science majors and 18 engineering majors, including Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biology, Data Science, Physics, Sustainable Development, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Financial Engineering, and more. Half of Columbia’s undergraduate students major in science or engineering fields and can choose from 20 minors in the liberal arts, while most of the science departments have a 3:1 student-faculty ratio. 

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Delaware Valley University 

Delaware Valley University logoDelaware Valley University is a private comprehensive university in Doylestown, Pennsylvania—30 miles northwest of Philadelphia. The University offers 28 undergraduate degrees in the natural sciences, business, and humanities; more than seven master's degrees; and a doctoral degree, including majors in Agribusiness, Animal Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Design, and more. At DelVal, students study theory in small classes with a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and learn by doing in facilities and fields across 1,000+ acres of campus land. 

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Geneva College

Geneva CollegeGeneva College is a church-affiliated liberal arts college with a 55-acre campus located in a residential area of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania—45 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Students can choose from over 145 majors and programs, including Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Cybersecurity, Nursing, and an ABET-accredited Engineering program that focuses on ethical practices in STEM from a Christian worldview. Required courses include Christian Ethics & Engineering and, in Cybersecurity, Ethical Hacking.

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The George Washington University

The George Washington UniversityThe George Washington University is a private institution with a 36-acre main campus located several blocks from the White House in the federal section of Washington, DC. Students can choose from more than 75 majors and over 2,000 courses across seven undergraduate schools, with programs in Applied Science & Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, and more. GW’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) features a 500,000-sq. ft., LEED Gold–certified Science and Engineering Hall; 11 prominent GW research institutions and centers; smaller classes with greater access to professors throughout the entire undergraduate program; and more.

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Hofstra University

Hofstra UniversityHofstra University is a private university on a 240-acre campus located in Hempstead, New York—25 miles east of New York City. The Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science enrolls over 750 students and offers programs such as a BA or BS in Computer Science; a BE in Engineering Science; a BS in Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, and Mechanical Engineering; Pre-medical Studies; dual-degree options; and more. Students can also take advantage of the DeMatteis School’s Co-op Program, which has partnered with more than 150 prominent engineering and technology firms, as well as several cutting-edge laboratories, including a robotics and advanced manufacturing lab that features a 3D printer.

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Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins UniversityJohns Hopkins University is a private university with a 140-acre campus located in a residential area of northern Baltimore, Maryland. The University offers 5,200 undergraduates over 50 majors, more than 40 minors, and almost 30 five-year combined BA/MA programs, including Electrical Engineering, Cognitive Science, Mathematics, and more. Students can also take advantage of the Biomedical Engineering Design Studio, the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy, the Hopkins Office for Undergraduate Research (HOUR), Summer Research Programs, Undergraduate Teaching Labs, and many more resources. 

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Marymount Manhattan College

Marymount Manhattan College logoMarymount Manhattan College is a private liberal arts college in midtown Manhattan, New York. Approximately 2,000 undergraduates from 48 states and 50 countries are enrolled in 31 majors and 40 minor and pre-professional programs, including Applied Mathematics, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Language Sciences, and more. MMC students benefit from a city-infused curriculum, research opportunities, internships, community engagement experiences, and career mentorships both on and off campus with the CityEdge program.

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New York University

New York University

New York University is one of the largest private universities in the US, with a main campus in the heart of Greenwich Village in New York City, New York, and 15 international campuses, including Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and Shanghai, China. The Tandon School of Engineering in New York enrolls more than 2,200 undergraduates; the Abu Dhabi campus has 1,600+ undergraduates from more than 115 countries; and Shanghai enrolls another 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 70+ countries. Between these campuses, students can pursue degrees in Biomolecular Science, Business Technology, Cybersecurity, Digital Media, Sustainable Urban Environments, and more; collaborate with professors in cross-institutional research; and take advantage of research facilities and technological resources that include modern laboratories, smart classrooms, and the NYU Tandon MakerSpace. Please note: NYU Shanghai has a Mandarin Chinese proficiency requirement for all international students. 

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Pace University

Pace UniversityPace University is a private comprehensive university with a three-acre urban campus in New York City as well as a 200-acre suburban Westchester campus in Pleasantville-Briarcliff, New York. Students can choose from more than 100 majors and accelerated bachelor’s/graduate degree programs through the Seidenberg School of Computer Science & Information Systems and the Dyson College of Arts & Sciences, which offer everything from Biochemistry and Computer Science to Psychology and Teaching. The University also offers multiple opportunities for students to practice what they learn through internships, faculty-sponsored research, academic and professional competitions, school-sponsored projects with outside firms, community-based projects, and study abroad programs.

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Pennsylvania College of Technology

Penn CollegePennsylvania College of Technology is an affiliate campus of the Pennsylvania State University located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The College offers more than 100+ academic degree programs in growing industries, plus 150+ hands-on labs and a 3:1 lab-to-lecture ratio. Students have many opportunities to get even more real-world experience through clinicals, internships, community projects, clubs, and competitions.

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Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of TechnologyRochester Institute of Technology is a private coeducational institution with a 1,300-acre campus located in Rochester, New York—75 miles from Buffalo and 97 miles from Syracuse. RIT’s nine colleges offer more than 80 bachelor’s degree programs and over 90 different minors that attract scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and computer scientists as well as designers, artists, photographers, and filmmakers. Students benefit from immersive, hands-on research opportunities and state-of-the-art research and lab facilities, plus experiential learning opportunities in the form of cooperative education, internships, study abroad, undergraduate research, and industry-sponsored projects.

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Rowan University

Rowan UniversityRowan University is a public, Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution in southern New Jersey, with campuses in Glassboro, Camden, and Stratford. The University offers over 100 majors to more than 19,000 students between its undergraduate and graduate programs, including Science and Engineering majors through the Rowan University College of Science & Mathematics and the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering. Rowan has also been named the #4 fastest-growing research university among public doctoral institutions in the nation by The Chronicle of Higher Education

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SUNY Maritime College

SUNY Maritime CollegeSUNY Maritime College is a public multipurpose college for maritime and related industries, located on a 55-acre campus in Throggs Neck, New York. Undergraduate programs include Electrical Engineering, Facilities Engineering, International Transportation and Trade (Business), Marine Engineering, Marine Environmental Science, Marine Operations, Marine Technology Small Vessel Operation, Marine Transportation, Maritime Studies, Mechanical Engineering, and Naval Architecture. Approximately 70% of students are working toward a joint bachelor’s degree and US Coast Guard license, which requires you to the regiment of cadets, a disciplined lifestyle program that’s also open to students who are not interested in earning a license. 

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SUNY Polytechnic Institute

SUNY Polytechnic InstituteSUNY Polytechnic Institute is a public institute of technology with campuses in Utica and Albany, New York. The Institute is comprised of five colleges that offer programs in Applied Computing, Biology, Civil Engineering Technology, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Nanoscale Engineering, Cybersecurity, and more. SUNY Poly’s Utica campus offers students the opportunity to engage in various manufacturing processes through the Center for Global Advanced Manufacturing (CGAM), while students at the Albany campus have the opportunity to work side-by-side with faculty and industry-leading companies in the state-of-the-art Albany NanoTech Complex. 

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Saint Francis University

Saint Francis UniversitySaint Francis University is a church-affiliated college of liberal arts and sciences with a 600-acre campus in Loretto, Pennsylvania—90 miles east of Pittsburgh. Approximately 1,700 undergraduates are enrolled in three professional schools—STEAM, Business, and Health Sciences and Education—with science programs in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Pre-professional (Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary, etc.). Students put their education into action with design projects for class, paid internships, summer research, and engineering service projects both in Pennsylvania and abroad.

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Saint Peter’s University

Saint Peter’s UniversitySaint Peter’s University is a private church-affiliated institution with a 15-acre campus in Jersey City, New Jersey—just three miles from New York City. Students can choose from more than 50 undergraduate majors as well as master's and doctoral degree programs, including Biomedical Engineering Technology, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Information Technology, Cybersecurity, Web Development, and more. The Center for Career Engagement and Experiential Learning (CEEL) is dedicated to career development through guidance, résumé building, and career fairs, while internships, employer partnerships, and alumni networking prepare students for successful careers after graduation.

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Stevenson University

Stevenson UniversityStevenson University is a private coeducational institution located in Stevenson, Maryland. Home to around 2,900 students, the University offers a variety of science-based majors and minors, with programs such as Biology, Chemistry, Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics, Environmental Science, Medical & Laboratory Science, and a new Biomedical Engineering program that was established in fall 2020. Stevenson also opened the 200,000-sq. ft. Academic Center in 2016, which offers state-of-the-art facilities for the School of the Sciences, School of Design, and School of Nursing and Health Professions. 

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Thiel College

Thiel CollegeThiel College is a private church-affiliated college with a 135-acre campus in Greenville, Pennsylvania—80 miles north of Pittsburgh. Students can choose from new programs in Environmental Safety Management, Equestrian Studies, Exercise Science, Health Systems, and Sports Management or select one of the College’s other 60+ majors and minors. In addition to traditional learning environments, Thiel offers an Honors Program, internships, volunteer opportunities, service learning, research opportunities, practicums, and other hands-on experiences. 

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University of Delaware

University of DelawareThe University of Delaware is a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution with a 1,996-acre campus located in Newark, Delaware—12 miles from Wilmington, 30 miles from Philadelphia, and 50 miles from Baltimore. The College of Engineering (COE) offers programs in Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, and Mechanical Engineering as well as Computer Science, Construction Engineering & Management, Information Systems, and Materials Science & Engineering. Students at UD benefit from 30 organizations within COE (and more than 400 total on campus), Winter Session trips with globally focused student organizations such as Engineers Without Borders, well-established internship and co-op programs, and 4+1 programs that allow you to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree within five years.

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University of Pittsburgh

University of PittsburghThe University of Pittsburgh is a public comprehensive university on a 145-acre campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Students have access to 100+ majors, minors, and certificates, including Athletic Training, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Chemistry, Communication Science, Emergency Medicine, and much more. Pitt also offers guaranteed internships at world-class corporations and organizations, undergraduate research projects, study abroad opportunities, and guaranteed admission to its top-ranked graduate and professional schools.

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