In 2009, U.S. News & World Report released a list of the top 10 undergraduate aerospace engineering schools in the United States. Aerospace engineering is the engineering branch that focuses on the science, design and construction of air and spacecraft. The top 10 aerospace universities are associated with NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has a student body of more than 4,000. MIT is a research university that specializes in engineering, as well as math and science.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology 77 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA 02139 617-253-3400 Web.mit.edu

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology is located in Atlanta, Georgia, and has a student body of more than 13,000. Georgia Tech is a research university that specializes in research in a variety of fields including seven different types of engineering.

Georgia Institute of Technology 225 North Ave. NW Atlanta, GA 30332 404-894-4154 Gatech.edu

University of Michigan

The University of Michigan (UM) is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and has a student body of more than 26,000. UM offers a large range of undergraduate and graduate degrees and a world-renowned engineering faculty.

University of Michigan 1000 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI 48109 734-764-7433 Umich.edu

Purdue University

Purdue University is located in West Lafayette, Indiana, and is a large university with more than 30,000 students. Purdue offers a wide range of engineering degrees. Many U.S. astronauts have received their degrees from Purdue.

Purdue University 475 Stadium Mall Drive West Lafayette, IN 47907 765-494-1776 Purdue.edu

California Institute of Technology

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California, has a small student body of about 2,000 and is known to be one of the best universities in the world specializing in science and engineering. It operates NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

California Institute of Technology 1200 E. California Blvd. Pasadena, CA 626-395-6341 Caltech.edu

University of Maryland

The University of Maryland (UM) is located in College Park, Maryland, and has a large student body of more than 37,000. UM offers a variety of undergraduate majors, which include its high-ranked aerospace engineering program.

University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742 301-314-8385 Maryland.edu

University of Illinois

The University of Illinois is located in Champaign, Illinois, and has a large student body of more than 70,000 on its three campuses. The university boasts high-ranked research programs, and its alumni include 11 Nobel Prize winners.

University of Illinois 601 E. John St. Champaign, IL 61820 217-333-0302 Uiuc.edu

Stanford University

Stanford University is located in Stanford, California, and has a student body of more than 15,000. Stanford has one of the best undergraduate aerospace engineering programs and in 2009, was ranked as the third-best school for graduate studies in aerospace engineering by USNWR.

Stanford University 450 Serra Mall Stanford, CA 94305 650-723-2091 Stanford.edu

University of Texas

The University of Texas is located in Austin, Texas, and has a student body of nearly 50,000. The university has more than 300 degree programs that are nationally ranked, including its aerospace engineering program.

University of Texas 1900 University Ave. Austin, TX 78712 512-471-5893? Utexas.edu

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech University is located in Blacksburg, Virginia, and has a student body of more than 30,000. Virginia Tech is a well-known research university with a wide range of studies, specializing in engineering and technology.

Virginia Tech 210 Burrus Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061 540-231-6267 Vt.edu