Top Petroleum Engineering Schools

In order to become a petroleum engineer, candidates must possess a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering or a similar degree. Here is a listing of some of the top petroleum engineering schools in the U.S.

1. Texas A&M University

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Texas A&M’s petroleum engineering program has been consistently ranked by U.S. News as one of the very top undergrad engineering programs with a PhD program.

Each year, the undergrad program produces approximately 200 graduates who enter the industry or go on to a pursue a graduate degree in petroleum engineering.

The 4 year undergrad curriculum is designed to provide students with training in the basics of engineering science. Students are also taught the fundamental engineering principles relevant to the problems and challenges faced in the petroleum industry. The program includes an internship requirement where students spend at least 6 weeks working in an oilfield operation. The completion of an approved internship is required in order to register for senior petroleum engineering courses.

2. Colorado School Of Mines

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Alderson Hall, home to Mines’ petroleum engineering department. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Colorado school of mines is world renowned for its focus on engineering and earth sciences, and is one of the best petroleum engineering schools in the world.

The stated goal of the petroleum engineering department at Colorado School of Mines is to educate petroleum engineers at both the undergrad and graduate levels, perform cutting edge research in petroleum technology, and provide strong service to the industry as well as the public.

The program puts an emphasis on multidisciplinary teamwork between its earth science and engineering programs, in accordance with the program’s philosophy that petroleum engineering is not a narrow discipline, but a field where there is an ever increasing need for a broad understanding of world energy issues. Students are well educated on environmental issues and renewable energy technologies.

3. The University of Texas at Austin

Engineering sciences building at UT Austin

Engineering sciences building at UT Austin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering program at University of Texas at Austin was founded in 1930, and is home to the leading petroleum engineering graduate program in the world, as well as the #2 ranked petroleum and geosystems engineering undergrad program.

The undergraduate program at UT austin admits around 90 students each year, with an average SAT of 1370, and an average high school class ranking within the top 7%. The small class size provides students with a tight-knight environment to develop the skills and knowledge needed to be leaders in the field. Students not only study the basics of math, physics, geology, and chemistry, as well as engineering analysis, management, and design, but they also take courses dedicated to the study of oil and gas extraction.

 A Listing Of The Top Petroleum Engineering Schools

SchoolEnrollmentAddressPhone Number
The University of Texas at Austin50,995Austin, TX 78712(512) 471-3434
Texas A & M University48,702College Station, TX 77843(979) 845-3211
Pennsylvania State University45,185201 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802(814) 865-4700
University of Houston37,000212 E. Cullen Building, Houston, TX 77204-2018(713) 743-1000
Colorado School of Mines5,1241500 Illinois St., Golden, CO 80401(303) 273-3000
Wayne State University31,786656 W. Kirby St., Detroit, MI 48202(313) 577-2424
Texas Tech University30,049Broadway and University Ave., Lubbock, TX 79409(806) 742-2011
University of Kansas29,242Lawrence, KS 66045(785) 864-2700
West Virginia University28,898Stewart Hall, University Ave., Morgantown, WV 26506(304) 293-0111
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College28,643Baton Rouge, LA 70803(225) 578-3202
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus25,881660 Parrington Oval, Norman, OK 73019(405) 325-0311
Stanford University18,498Stanford, CA 94305(650) 723-2300
University of Wyoming12,427Corner of Ninth and Ivinson, Laramie, WY 82071(307) 766-1121
University of Alaska Fairbanks9,137505 S. Chandalar Dr., Fairbanks, AK 99775(907) 474-7211
Illinois Institute of Technology7,7073300 S. Federal St., Chicago, IL 60616(312) 567-3000
Missouri University of Science and Technology6,8141870 Miner Cir., Rolla, MO 65409(573) 341-4111
University of Tulsa4,187800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK 74104(918) 631-2000
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology1,761801 Leroy Pl., Socorro, NM 87801(800) 428-8324
Marietta College1,597Irvine Bldg., Marietta, OH 45750(740) 376-4643
University of Southern California34,824University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089(213) 740-2311

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