Nuclear ReactorAccording to PhDs.org, only 0.22% of students graduate with a degree in nuclear engineering. Becoming a nuclear engineer is extremely challenging, however in terms of career prospects it will payoff very well in the long run. Those involved in this field frequently receive job for government agencies and impressive science laboratories. Interestingly, the amount of students who graduate within this area of studies is extremely small. A Nuclear science program is offered at some of the most impressive universities across the nation. PhDs.org reports that they are precisely offered at 49 institutions around the United States, with New York and Ohio claiming the majority of those institutions. Between the Associate, Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral levels there are 94 programs available; roughly 30% of these are offered at the masters level. Here’s a list of the best nuclear engineering schools in the United States, according to U.S. News:

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT has been one of the most elite college in the country for years. About 45% of the graduates at MIT are enrolled in The School of Engineering (around 3,147 students). The MIT curriculum is ranked number one according to the U.S. News & World Reports of the Top Nuclear Engineering Programs in the country.

2. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

They are ranking at number two on the U.S. Grad Compass Top Engineering Schools list, also their in-state tuition is half as expensive as MIT. The University provides master’s and doctoral level graduation, along with interdisciplinary and project-based learning classes. The Annual Graduate Symposium is held at Michigan College of Engineering every November.

3. University of Wisconsin—Madison

While they are ranked 18th on the U.S. News Grad Compass’s list, its Nuclear department is ranked 3rd in the nation. The university is heavily involved in R&D, with a total of 45 research centers and 15 groups which bring students and faculty together with government and industry leaders.

4. Texas A&M University–College Station (Look)

The Dwight Look College at Texas A&M has particularly amazing ratings for its biological and agricultural, petroleum, and nuclear programs. Tuition is broken down into per credit, instead of per semester, so full-time and part-time students pay the same amount. They have partnered with the Texas Experiment Station, where engineers complete research projects.

5. North Carolina State University (NCSU)

North Carolina State — Raleigh is ranked 29th on the list of best schools, but it’s Nuclear program is impressively at 5th position in the nation. Overall, there are diverse academic subjects available for everyone.

Advanced degrees are offered in over 15 different areas. They also offer over a dozen online master degree programs. Minority and Women in Engineering are a few of the special interest groups at NC State, and the Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines is one of their nearly 30 research centers located on campus.

Regardless of which school you choose to complete your studies, you’ll receive an excellent education. One thing’s for sure, engineering majors will have a bright future ahead, either as the next Industrial Engineer at Empire Southwest, or the new Theodore Rockwell.