Top 20 Schools With Largest B.S. Biomedical Engineering Graduating Classes in 2011

Top twenty schools which offer undergraduate Biomedical Engineering (BME) degrees by total BME graduating class size for each school. These schools represent 2556 graduates. They represent about 63 percent of the total number of B.S. BME graduates for 2011. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects approximately 1300 new Biomedical Engineering jobs every year between 2008 and 2018. There is a significant mismatch between the actual number of total number of BME graduates (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.) and the projected number of jobs (see link at bottom of table below).   This is particularly true for this field the additional engineering depth obtained in the higher degrees is very attractive to the medical device and drug industries.  Anyone interested in these programs should note that the size of a departments graduating class does not necessarily indicate a high level of quality when it comes to preparing a student for a corporate career.

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Is the school you are interested in not listed? Check out their graduation rates at The Academic Program Information Resource

Top 20 By B.S. BME Graduating Class Size

 

Institution Name Men Women Total
University of California-San Diego 139 77 216
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus 120 81 201
Duke University 109 70 179
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 106 70 176
Johns Hopkins University 102 61 163
University of Southern California 93 58 151
Boston University 83 58 141
New Jersey Institute of Technology 77 49 126
University of Pennsylvania 65 56 121
University of California-Berkeley 77 41 118
Drexel University 66 49 115
Case Western Reserve University 74 40 114
Northwestern University 74 40 114
University of California-Irvine 72 36 108
Arizona State University 69 35 104
The University of Texas at Austin 68 36 104
Rutgers University-New Brunswick 70 33 103
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 44 58 102
Washington University in St Louis 64 36 100
University of Connecticut 60 39 99

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National Graduation Rates of Biomedical Engineers in 201 vs Job Projections

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Institution Name Men Women Total
University of California-San Diego 139 77 216
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus 120 81 201
Duke University 109 70 179
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 106 70 176
Johns Hopkins University 102 61 163
University of Southern California 93 58 151
Boston University 83 58 141
New Jersey Institute of Technology 77 49 126
University of Pennsylvania 65 56 121
University of California-Berkeley 77 41 118
Drexel University 66 49 115
Case Western Reserve University 74 40 114
Northwestern University 74 40 114
University of California-Irvine 72 36 108
Arizona State University 69 35 104
The University of Texas at Austin 68 36 104
Rutgers University-New Brunswick 70 33 103
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 44 58 102
Washington University in St Louis 64 36 100
University of Connecticut 60 39 99

National Statistics on the Number of Biomedical Engineers Graduating in 2011 vs. Job Projections

The following table was created from degree completion data available at the NCES website. The graduating statistics are important to know because there has been a consistent issue described by B.S. BME graduates seeking industry jobs in their field. It’s very difficult to get one with a baccalaureate degree. The number of graduates holding that degree in 2010 hold a clue to the problem and the challenge that B.S. graduates face. The baccalaureate numbers are troublesome for the graduate because the Bureau of Labor Statistics projections for new and replacement BME jobs 2010-2020 is approximately 1300 per year.

Of course the B.S. BME graduate numbers do not reflect how many graduates had been accepted to graduate school and medical school after graduation. For example, I received a personal communication from the AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges) reporting 573 BME graduates were accepted into medical school in 2006. Graduate school enrollment numbers also impacts the number of B.S. graduates looking for work considerably because a significant number of graduates could be enrolling into M.S. programs if the number of M.S. graduates reported in 2008 is any guide. Unfortunately a number of those M.S. and Ph.D. BME graduates would also be competing for the the BME jobs counted and projected by the BLS. Additional research and analysis would be needed to get a better estimate of the number of BME graduates actually looking for work outside the academic and medical fields. It is interesting to note that females make up approximately 39% of the B.S. graduates and 39% for M.S. degree in this cohort. These are percentages which traditional engineering ( electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineering ) programs can not match.

Check out a particular programs graduation rates at The Academic Program Information Resource

 

Number of Biomedical Engineers Graduating in 2011
Men Women Total
B.S. 2445 1581 4026
Degree M.S. 907 604 1511
Ph.D. 507 316 823
Total 3859 2501 6360

Note: This chart is based on institutions reported primary and secondary degree completion data not reported total completion data so it may differ slightly in content from other reports of this type.

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National Statistics on the Number of Biomedical Engineers Graduating in 2010 vs. Job Projections

The following table was created from degree completion data available at the NCES website. The graduating statistics are important to know because there has been a consistent issue described by B.S. BME graduates seeking industry jobs in their field. It’s very difficult to get one with a baccalaureate degree. The number of graduates holding that degree in 2010 hold a clue to the problem and the challenge that B.S. graduates face. The baccalaureate numbers are troublesome for the graduate because the Bureau of Labor Statistics projections for new and replacement BME jobs 2008-2018 is approximately 1500 per year.

Of course the B.S. BME graduate numbers do not reflect how many graduates had been accepted to graduate school and medical school after graduation. For example, I received a personal communication from the AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges) reporting 573 BME graduates were accepted into medical school in 2006.  Graduate school enrollment numbers also impacts the number of B.S. graduates looking for work considerably because a significant number of graduates could be enrolling into M.S. programs if the number of M.S. graduates reported in 2008 is any guide.  Unfortunately a number of those M.S. and Ph.D. BME graduates would also be competing for the the BME jobs counted and projected by the BLS.  Additional research and analysis would be needed to get a better estimate of the number of BME graduates actually looking for work outside the academic and medical fields. It is interesting to note that females make up approximately 37% of the B.S. graduates and the percentage increases to about 40% for M.S. degree in this cohort.   These are percentages which traditional engineering ( electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineering ) programs can not match.

Check out a particular programs graduation rates at The Academic Program Information Resource

              The Number of Biomedical Engineers Graduating in 2010
Male Female Total
B.S. 2371 1404 3775
Degree M.S. 826 554 1380
PH.D. 459 290 749
Total 3656 2248 5904

Note: This chart is based on institutions reported primary and secondary degree completion data not reported total completion data so it may differ slightly in content from other reports of this type.

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The Top 10 Schools With Largest Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Graduating Classes for 2009

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Top ten and an additional ten schools which offer undergraduate Biomedical Engineering (BME) degrees by total BME graduating class size for each school. These schools represent 1758 graduates. They represent about 47 percent of the total number of B.S. BME graduates for 2009. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects approximately 1500 new Biomedical Engineering jobs every year between 2008 and 2018.   There is a significant mismatch between the actual number of total BME graduates and the projected number of jobs (see link at bottom of table below).  Anyone interested in these programs should note that the size of a department does not necessarily indicate a high level of quality when it comes to preparing a student for a corporate career.

How to increase your odds of gaining a position;

Experience Will Help Get You That Biomedical Engineering Position

Is the school you are interested in not listed? Check out their graduation rates at The Academic Program Information Resource

Top 10 By B.S. BME Graduating Class Size – Plus 10 More

School Men Women Total
Duke University 107 35 142
University of California-San Diego 89 51 140
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus 86 48 134
The University of Texas at Austin 59 43 102
Johns Hopkins University 64 36 100
University of California-Irvine 73 27 100
Boston University 66 30 96
Case Western Reserve University 70 23 93
University of California-Berkeley 58 31 89
Drexel University 38 35 73
Washington University in St Louis 44 29 73
University of California-Davis 54 18 72
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 45 26 71
Arizona State University 54 15 69
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 44 25 69
University of Southern California 46 23 69
Rutgers University-New Brunswick 51 16 67
University of Virginia-Main Campus 36 31 67
Northwestern University 50 16 66
Texas A & M University 39 27 66

See also:
National Graduation Rates of Biomedical Engineers in 2009 vs Job Projections

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National Statistics on the Number of Biomedical Engineers Graduating in 2009 vs. Job Projections

The following table was created from degree completion data available at the NCES website. The graduating statistics are important to know because there has been a consistent issue described by B.S. BME graduates seeking industry jobs in their field. It’s very difficult to get one with a baccalaureate degree. The number of graduates holding that degree in 2009 hold a clue to the problem and the challenge that B.S. graduates face. The baccalaureate numbers are troublesome for the graduate because the Bureau of Labor Statistics projections for new and replacement BME jobs 2008-2018 is approximately 1500 per year.

Of course the B.S. BME graduate numbers do not reflect how many graduates had been accepted to graduate school and medical school after graduation. For example, I received a personal communication from the AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges) reporting 573 BME graduates were accepted into medical school in 2006.  Graduate school enrollment numbers also impacts the number of B.S. graduates looking for work considerably because a significant number of graduates could be enrolling into M.S. programs if the number of M.S. graduates reported in 2008 is any guide.  Unfortunately a number of those M.S. and Ph.D. BME graduates would also be competing for the the BME jobs counted and projected by the BLS.  Additional research and analysis would be needed to get a better estimate of the number of BME graduates actually looking for work outside the academic and medical fields. It is interesting to note that females make up approximately 37% of the B.S. graduates and increases with each succeeding degree level to a high of 44% for the Ph.D.  These are percentages which traditional engineering ( electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineering ) programs can not match.

The Number of Biomedical Engineers Graduating in 2009

Male Female Total
B.S. 2375 1391 3766

M.S. 809 531 1340
Degree
Ph.D. 219 172 391
Total 3403 2094 5497

Note: This chart is based on institutions reported primary and secondary degree completion data not reported total completion data so it may differ slightly in content from other reports of this type.

The Entry Level B.S. Biomedical Engineer’s Dilemma

Collected Views of What You Need to Know to Impress an Engineering Hiring Manager in Biomedical Industry

NOTE: This report has been updated see the link below

National Statistics on the Number of Biomedical Engineers Graduating in 2010 vs Job Projections

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Biomedical Engineering Job Projections Explode Between 2008-2018

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics projections for Biomedical Engineering related positions has increased dramatically from the 2006-2016 predictions for 2008-2018. They predict a 72% increase over 10 years.  This represents an average increase of approximately 1500 jobs becoming available per year. These jobs are expected to come from new positions (averaging about 1,160 per year) and replacement needs ( averaging about 340 per year ) created by attrition. As good as it sounds B.S. Biomedical Engineering graduates are still being created at a over double the rate of the predicted increase.  The number of B.S. Biomedical Engineers graduating in 2008 was 3,360.  Since healthcare industry jobs typically require higher degrees and/ or three to five years of experience there will still be a bottleneck unless Biomedical Engineering Programs ramp up their internships and co-op opportunities.   Students considering a Biomedical Engineering degree are strongly urged to ask for hard documentation of a programs plans and success rate at getting graduates jobs.  Graduation rate details can be seen by following the link below.

National Graduation Rates of Biomedical Engineers in 2008 vs. Job Projections

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National Graduation Rates for Biomedical Engineers in 2008 vs. Job Projections

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The following table was created from degree completion data available at the NCES website. The graduating statistics are important to know because there has been a consistent issue described by B.S. BME graduates seeking industry jobs in their field. It’s very difficult to get one with a baccalaureate degree. The number of graduates holding that degree in 2008 hold a clue to the problem. The baccalaureate numbers are troublesome for the graduate because the Bureau of Labor Statistics projections for new and replacement BME jobs 2008-2018 is approximately 1500 per year.

On the supply side the B.S. BME graduate numbers do not reflect how many graduates had been accepted to graduate school and medical school after graduation. For example, I received a personal communication from the AAMC  (American Association of Medical Colleges) reporting 573 BME graduates were accepted into medical school in 2006. The graduate school enrollment numbers may also impact the number of B.S. graduates looking for work considerably because a significant number of graduates could be enrolling into M.S. programs if the number of M.S. graduates reported in 2008 is any guide. Unfortunately those M.S. and Ph.D. BME graduates would also be competing for the the BME jobs counted and projected by the BLS. Additional research and analysis will be needed to get a better estimate of the number of BME graduates actually looking for work outside the academic and medical fields. It is interesting to note that females make up approximately 39% of the graduates. This is a percentage which traditional engineering programs can not match.

The Number of Biomedical Engineers Graduating in 2008


Male Female Total
B.S. 2043 1317 3360

M.S. 728 528 1256
Degree
Ph.D. 345 200 545
Total 3116 2045 5161

Update:

National Statistics on the Number of Biomedical Engineers Graduating in 2009 vs. Job Projections

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