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The List of All U.S. Colleges With a Bioengineering Major

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For the student who is fascinated by medicine but isn’t looking to be a doctor always up to their elbows in bodily fluids, a major in biomedical engineering may be just what they are looking for in a college career. This degree is best for students who want to contribute to the medical field by inventing and improving the technology used to help doctors help their patients. In this post, you will read about the basics of bioengineering, how to improve your chances of being accepted into this particular program, and a list of all colleges in the nation who offer this degree.

 

Why Should You Study Bioengineering in College?

 

In terms of history, bioengineering is still considered to be in its infancy because it is the only engineering discipline that was developed after World War II. The late 1940’s saw a breakthrough in kidney dialysis from the research and experiments of Willem Kolff, P.h.D. The first artificial heart valve was both invented and successfully implanted by Charles A. Hufnagel, M.D. in 1952. By the time the 1960’s rolled around, the first collegiate departments for biomedical engineering were formed and still remain competitive forces in the industry even today. These include Duke University, Case Western Reserve University, John Hopkins University, and University of Virginia.

 

Fortunately, since technology is an ever-expanding field, so is biomedical engineering. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated employment for this field to grow by 72% between 2016 and 2018 which translates to a total average growth of 7% between 2016 and 2026. Considering that biomedical engineering is a relatively new field of study, this is still a remarkable and promising development for future careers.

 

Simply put, bioengineering is the seamless fusion of technology and medicine that help us live longer and healthier lives. This can take on many different forms such as the complexity of implantable defibrillators to the simplicity of a child’s bicycle helmet. Because people will always need medicine, they will always need better, more efficient ways to combat the myriad of health problems and hazards that are faced on a daily basis. That is why career fields in software and hardware engineering, equipment testing and field servicing, and the medical device industry will always have a demand for people willing for forge ahead fearlessly in this area of science.

 

How Can You Increase Your Chances of Acceptance?

 

Resumes are not just for job seekers. Developing a stellar high school profile and transcript is crucial when looking into colleges. Students who want to pursue this degree program have better chances of acceptance with classes such as mechanical drawing, computer skills, biology, and calculus under their belts. And, of course, a higher GPA is always a winner.

 

Learning for any field of study should never just start and stop in the classroom, though. Any student who is serious about pursuing bioengineering would do well to expand their learning experiences by participating in extracurricular activities while still in high school. Competing in science fairs that challenge students to conduct research and deliver speeches on said research is a great extracurricular activity that will stand out to college admissions officers. Internships are also a great option. Find out more about high school internships through this blog post on the CollegeVine website.

 

For the student who knows what they want early on, CollegeVine offers the Early Advising Program designed to help 9th and 10th grade students start the navigation process to earning their degree in bioengineering. This includes guidance for standardized testing, which courses to take for their preferred degree, and which extracurricular activities would be best suited for the student to build a winning profile for college admissions officers.

 

There is also help for juniors in high school. CollegeVine can provide help through the College Strategy Program. This program ensures that juniors will have the necessary tools to make the transition between high school graduation and the first freshman semester that much smoother. Recommendation letters, more extracurricular activities during their last summer, and creating a school list are all part of the program that keeps juniors in mind for the next season of their educational development.

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What Colleges Have a Bioengineering Major?

 

If you are a high school student interested in studying biomedical engineering, it can be daunting looking through the myriad of all the colleges. Trying to find not only a college that offers this degree, but is also the right fit for you, can be overwhelming. That is why we have done a little bit of leg work for you by providing a list of all the colleges in the country that offer this degree program.  

 

Amherst College

Andrews University

Arizona State University | ASU

Auburn University

Boston University | BU

Brown University

California Institute of Technology | Caltech

California State University, Long Beach | Long Beach State

Catholic University of America | CUA

Case Western Reserve University | CWRU

City College of New York | CCNY

Clemson University

Columbia University

Cornell University

Delaware State University | Del State

Drexel University

Duke University

Duquesne University

Eastern Florida State College | EFSC

Florida A&M University | FAMU

Florida Gulf Coast University | FGCU

Florida Institute of Technology | Florida Tech

Florida International University | FIU

George Mason University

Georgia Institute of Technology | Georgia Tech

Harvard University

Illinois Institute of Technology | Illinois Tech

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis | IUPUI

Johns Hopkins University | JHU

Lawrence Technological University | LTU

Lehigh University

LeTourneau University | LETU

Louisiana Tech University | La. Tech

Loyola University Chicago

Massachusetts Institute of Technology | MIT

Messiah College

Mississippi State University | MSU

Montana State University | MSU

New College of Florida

New Jersey Institute of Technology | NJIT

New York Institute of Technology | NYIT

New York University | NYU

Northern Arizona University | NAU

Oregon State University | OSU

Pace University

Pittsburg State University | PSU

Princeton University

Regis College (Massachusetts)

Rice University

Rockhurst University

Rutgers University–New Brunswick | Rutgers

Saint Louis University | SLU

San Jose State University | SJSU

Santa Clara University

Stanford University

Stevenson University

Syracuse University

Temple University

The State University of New York at Binghamton | SUNY Binghamton

The State University of New York at Buffalo | SUNY Buffalo

The State University of New York at Stony Brook | SUNY Stony Brook

Tufts University

Tulane University

University of Akron

University of California, Berkeley | UC Berkeley

University of California, Davis | UC Davis

University of California, Irvine | UC Irvine

University of California, Los Angeles | UCLA

University of California, Merced | UC Merced

University of California, Riverside | UC Riverside

University of California, San Diego | UCSD

University of California, Santa Cruz | UCSC

University of Cincinnati

University of Colorado Denver | CU Denver

University of Delaware

University of Georgia

University of Hartford

University of Hawaii at Manoa | UH Manoa

University of Houston

University of Illinois at Chicago | UIC

University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign | UIUC

University of Louisville

University of Maine

University of Maryland, College Park | Maryland

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth | UMass Dartmouth

University of Massachusetts Lowell | UMass Lowell

University of Memphis

University of Michigan

University of Michigan–Dearborn | UM-D

University of Mississippi | Ole Miss

University of Missouri | Mizzou

University of Nebraska–Lincoln | UNL

University of New Hampshire | UNH

University of Pennsylvania | UPenn

University of Pittsburgh | Pitt

University of Rochester

University of Saint Joseph

University of South Carolina | USC

University of South Florida | USF

University of Tennessee

University of Texas at Arlington | UT Arlington

University of Texas at Austin | UT Austin

University of Texas at San Antonio | UTSA

University of the District of Columbia | UDC

University of the Pacific

University of Toledo

University of Virginia | UVA

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin-Madison | Wisconsin

Utah State University

Vanderbilt University

Virginia Tech

Walla Walla University

Washington State University | WSU

Washington University in St. Louis | WashU

Wentworth Institute of Technology | WIT

West Virginia University | WVU

Western New England University | WNE

Wichita State University | WSU

Wright State University

Xavier University of Louisiana

Yale University

 

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