The aim of this page is to compare and rank universities, colleges, and schools which offer Petroleum Engineering degrees. These useful tables show an at-a-glance comparison of programs around the country.
The 10 Easiest P.E. Programs to Get In To
These are the universities with the highest acceptance rates. Heading the list is Wyoming, who accept 96% of applications.
Note that Utah in particular has a small PE department.
|Name||Student Faculty Ratio||Reten. Rate||Grad. Rate||Total PE Degrees Awarded||Student Pop.||% Admitted|
|Texas Permian Basin||18||69||40||22||5560||84|
The 10 Biggest P.E. Departments
Which colleges graduated the most Petroleum Engineers in the last full academic year?
|College Name||Student Pop||Bachelors||Masters||Doctoral||Total|
|Colorado School of Mines||5962||171||28||10||209|
|Texas at Austin||51313||126||53||21||200|
The top 10 is dominated by various Texan institutions, as you might expect. However, Colorado and the University of Tulsa are biggest in terms of comparing the Petroleum Engineering department to the whole school.
Colleges With P.E. Programs, Ranked by Graduation Rate
From which universities do the highest proportion of students graduate?
|College||Admission Rate||Retention Rate||Graduation Rate|
|University of Southern California||18||97||92|
|Pennsylvania State University||51||93||86|
|University of Pittsburgh||54||93||82|
|University of Texas at Austin||39||94||80|
|Texas A&M University||67||90||79|
|Colorado School of Mines||38||94||77|
|University of Tulsa||44||88||68|
|Louisiana State University||77||85||67|
Stanford is the most selective school in the list by far, which perhaps contributes to its stellar graduation rate. USC has a similar pattern – low admission rates correlating with high graduation rates.
Top 10 Colleges with the Best Student to Faculty Ratio
A lower student to faculty ratio means more teachers per student. More personal attention means faster progress and deeper learning.
|College Name||Student Population||Student Faculty Ratio|
|University of Southern California||42453||9|
|University of Tulsa||4682||11|
|New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology||2127||14|
|University of Alaska, Fairbanks||8620||14|
|University of Pittsburgh||28617||14|
|University of Wyoming||12820||15|
|Colorado School of Mines||5962||16|
Of all the colleges that offer Petroleum Engineering programs, USC has the best student / faculty ratio, while almost the entire top 10 have a ratio better than 15.
The 10 Cheapest P.E. Schools
Based on ‘Net Price’, explained below the table.
|Rank||College Name||Net Price ($)|
|2||Texas Permian Basin||8984|
|6||Texas A & M Kingsville||12078|
|7||University of Utah||12136|
|8||University of Wyoming||12148|
|9||New Mexico Mines and Tech||12489|
What is Net Price?
This is a calculation of costs for new full-time students. It is the average price for undergraduate students who paid for in-state or in-district tuition and were given grants or scholarships.
The calculation is made by deducting grants and aid from the total cost of attending the college. Total cost is the outcome of stated tuition and mandatory fees, supplies, books, room and board, and miscellaneous expenses.
The 10 Most Expensive P.E. Schools
Based on ‘Net Price’, explained above.
|Rank||College Name||Net Price ($)|
|1||University of Southern California||31384|
|2||University of Tulsa||25355|
|3||Pennsylvania State University||24992|
|4||University of Pittsburgh||24311|
|5||Colorado School of Mines||24297|
|8||University of Kansas||18485|
|9||University of Texas at Austin||17366|
|10||University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus||16909|