The Best Maker School List 2021

The Best Maker Schools 2021

The maker movement and its do-it-yourself ethic has come to higher education. For years now, empowered by the internet, inventors, artisans, tinkerers and hackers of all descriptions have been coming together to share ideas and techniques and show off their creations. The culture that has grown up around those gatherings, be they online or at the 200 Maker Faires held annually before the pandemic or in the more than 2000 communal makerspaces around the world, is one of learning by doing, complex problem solving, collaboration and entrepreneurialism. Increasingly, those ideas have been picked up by traditional academic institutions.

This year for the first time Newsweek has teamed up with Make:, publisher of Make: magazine and books, to find The Best Maker Schools in Higher Education. These are universities, community and junior colleges, vocational and trade schools with curricula that encourage learning by doing; are supported by educators committed to collaborative problem-solving; have well-developed makerspaces, labs, and studios; and which support diverse, interactive communities that engage in knowledge and skill sharing. Our goal was to highlight institutions with innovative programs that demonstrate the ingenuity and community engagement that are hallmarks of the maker movement.

This non-ranked list was generated by recommendation through a survey tool in collaboration with an international community of educators, administrators, students and maker leaders. To be considered for the list, recommended schools had to demonstrate excellence or competency in the following areas:

  • Integrated learning-through-doing orientation
  • Mentoring / guidance / coaching for making
  • Physical makerspaces / fablabs / workshops / studios
  • Accessible spaces and tools that support independent, collaborative projects
  • A diverse, active community of makers

We hope potential students – as well employers looking for candidates with 21st Century skills – will find this list useful.

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University of QueenslandAustraliaQLDBrisbane
Monash UniversityAustraliaVICMelbourne
University of New South WalesAustraliaNSWSydney
University of WollongongAustraliaNSWWollongong
TU GrazAustriaGraz
Instituto Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - Campus Porto AlegreBrazilPorto Alegre
Universidade de São Paulo (USP)BrazilSão Paulo
University of TorontoCanadaOntarioToronto
Emily Carr University of Art+DesignCanadaBCVancouver
Concordia UniversityCanadaQuebecMontreal
Simon Fraser UniversityCanadaBCVancouver
Ryerson UniversityCanadaToronto
Wilson School of DesignCanadaBCRichmond
Universidad Viña del MarChileViña del Mar
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (School of Design)ChinaHong Kong
Tongji UniversityChinaShanghai
Tsinghua UniversityChinaBeijing
University of ZagrebCroatiaZagreb
Czech Technical University (CTU Prague)Czech RepublicPrague
UCL Jelling DenmarkJelling
The American University CairoEgyptCairo
Talinn University of Technology (TalTech)EstoniaTalinn
Aalto UniversityFinlandEspoo
ENSCI Les AteliersFranceParis
Paris College of ArtFranceParis
TU MunichGermanyMunich
Hochschule Rhein WaalGermanyNordrhein WestfalenKamp-Lintfort
University of Europe for Applied SciencesGermanyBerlin
University of GhanaGhanaAccra
Universidad Del Valle de GuatemalaGuatemalaGuatemala City
CMR UniversityIndiaBangalore
Technion (Israel Institute of Technology)IsraelHaifa
Politécnico di Milano (Polimi)ItalyMilan
La Sapienza di RomaItalyRome
Institute of Advanced Media Arts and SciencesJapanGifuOgaki
Tokyo Metropolitan UniversityJapanTokyo
Korea UniversityKoreaSeoul
Malawi University of Business and Applied SciencesMalawiBlantyre
Tech de Monterrey MexicoMexicoNuevo LeonMonterrey
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMexicoMexico City (D.F.)
La Universidad Politécnicade Baja CaliforniaMexicoTijuana
Design Academy EindhovenNetherlandsEindhoven
University of AucklandNew ZealandAuckland
Massey UniversityNew ZealandPalmerston North
University of LagosNigeriaLagos
University of Oslo (UIO)NorwayOslo
ITU PunjabPakistanLahore
Universidad de LimaPeruLima
Politécnico de LisboaPortugalLisbon
National University of Science and Technology MISISRussiaMoscow
King Abdullah University of Science and TechnologySaudi ArabiaThuwal
University of LjubljanaSloveniaLjubljana
University of PretoriaSouth AfricaHatfield
Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC)SpainBarcelona
Madrid CEU UniversitySpainMadrid
Umeå UniversitySwedenUmeå
Uppsala UniversitySwedenUppsala
University of GenevaSwitzerlandGeneva
National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology (NKFUST)TaiwanKaohsiung City
Lunghwa University of Science and Technology LOHOCTaiwanTaoyuan City
TU DelftThe NetherlandsDelft
Amsterdam University of the ArtsThe NetherlandsAmsterdam
UAE UniversityUAEAbu Dhabi
University of SheffieldUKSheffield
Cambridge UniversityUKCambridge
University College LondonUKLondon
University of Brighton UKBrighton
University of ManchesterUKManchester
London College of CommunicationUKLondon
University of SurreyUKSurreyGuildford
Glasgow School of ArtUKScotlandGlasgow
Royal College of ArtUKLondon
Stanford UniversityUSACAPalo Alto
University of California, BerkeleyUSACABerkeley
University of Southern CaliforniaUSACALos Angeles
Case Western Reserve UniversityUSAOHCleveland
University of MarylandUSAMDCollege Park
University of WyomingUSAWYLaramie
Kent State UniversityUSAOHKent
Purdue UniversityUSAINLafayette
University of WashingtonUSAWASeattle
University of MichiganUSAMIAnn Arbor
Wheaton CollegeUSAMANorton
Sierra CollegeUSACARocklin
Cabrillo CollegeUSACAAptos
Georgia Institute of TechnologyUSAGAAtlanta
Rice UniversityUSATXHouston
Florida Polytechnic UniversityUSAFLLakeland
Arizona State UniversityUSAAZTempe
Duke UniversityUSANCDurham
University of ArkansasUSAARFayetteville
Carnegie-Mellon UniversityUSAPAPittsburgh
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUSAMABoston
Johns Hopkins UniversityUSAMDBaltimore
Rhode Island School of DesignUSARIProvidence
Bucknell UniverstyUSAPALewisburg
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignUSAILUrbana
University of Massachusetts AmherstUSAMAAmherst
University of Colorado, BoulderUSACOBoulder
Georgetown UniversityUSADCWashington DC
Olin CollegeUSAMANeedham
Yale UniversityUSACTNew Haven
University of PennsylvaniaUSAPAPhiladelphia
Penn StateUSAPAUniversity Park
University of ArizonaUSAAZTucson
Columbia UniversityUSANYNew York
New York UniversityUSANYNew York
Boise State UniversityUSAIDBoise
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyUSANJNewark
IYRS School of Technology and TradesUSARINewport
University of Texas, AustinUSATXAustin
California College of the ArtsUSACAOakland
Penland School of CraftUSANCPenland
DePaul UniversityUSAILChicago
Northwestern UniversityUSAILEvanston
Houston Community CollegeUSATXHouston
University of Nevada RenoUSANVReno
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityUSAVARichmond
University of New MexicoUSANMAlbuquerque
Princeton UniversityUSANJPrinceton
Hazard Community and Technical CollegeUSAKYHazard
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)USATXArlington
University of CincinnatiUSAOHCincinatti
Lafayette CollegeUSAPAEaston
Central NM Community CollegeUSANM(multiple)
Boston UniversityUSAMABoston
University of California, DavisUSACADavis
University of California, San Diego (UCSD)USACASan Diego
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)USACALos Angeles
University of OklahomaUSAOKNorman
Tulane UniversityUSALANew Orleans
Wesleyan CollegeUSACTMiddletown
University of Hawaii at ManoaUSAHIHonolulu
Cooper UnionUSANYNew York
University of New EnglandUSAMEBiddeford
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUSANCChapel Hill
Harvard UniversityUSAMABoston
California Institute of TechnologyUSACAPasadena
CalPoly SLOUSACASan Luis Obispo
Hampshire CollegeUSAMAAmherst
Mount Holyoke CollegeUSAMASouth Hadley
Brown UniversityUSARIProvidence
University of MontanaUSAMTMissoula
Montana State UniversityUSAMTBozeman
Milwaukee College of Science and EngineeringUSAWIMilwaukee
University of MinnesotaUSAMNMinneapolis - St. Paul
University of Akron, Wayne CollegeUSAOHOrville
University of OregonUSAOREugene
SciArcUSACALos Angeles
Fort Hays State UniversityUSAKSHays
Alfred UniversityUSANYAlfred
Auburn UniversityUSAALAuburn
University of UtahUSAUTSalt Lake City
Cornell UniversityUSANYIthaca
Navajo Technical UniversityUSANMCrownpoint
SUNY Polytechnic InstituteUSANYUtica
University of Vermont USAVTBurlington
Pratt InstituteUSANYNew York
Morehouse CollegeUSAGAAtlanta
Lehigh UniversityUSAPABethlehem
Drexel UniversityUSAPAPennsylvania
Texas A&MUSATXCollege Station
University of West FloridaUSAFLPensacola
Union CollegeUSANYSchenectady
Spelman CollegeUSAGAAtlanta
Rochester Institute of TechnologyUSANYRochester
Smith CollegeUSAMANorthhampton
University of FloridaUSAFLGainsville
University of Wisconsin, MadisonUSAWIMadison
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)USAGASavannah
University of Alaska FairbanksUSAAKFairbanks
GateWay Community CollegeUSAAZPhoenix
University of Nebraska-LincolnUSANBLincoln
Stevens Institute of TechnologyUSANJHoeboken
Oregon State UniversityUSAORCorvallis
Vanderbilt UniversityUSATNNashville
Middle Tennessee State UniversityUSATNMurfreesboro
Tennessee TechUSATNCookville
George Mason UniversityUSAVAFairfax
Iowa State UniversityUSAIAAmes
West Virgina UniversityUSAWVAMorgantown
University of GeorgiaUSAGAAthens
James Madison UniversityUSAVAHarrisonburg
University of ChicagoUSAILChicago
University of Puerto RicoUSAPRSan Juan
Emory UniversityUSAGAAtlanta
South Dakota School of Mines & TechnologyUSASDRapid City
North Dakota State UniversityUSANDFargo
Ohio UniversityUSAOHAthens
Abilene Christian UniversityUSATXAbilene
Harvey Mudd CollegeUSACAClaremont
Otterbein UniversityUSAOHWesterville
Sacramento City CollegeUSACASacramento
School of the Art Institute of ChicagoUSAILChicago
Mississippi State UniversityUSAMSMississippi State
Washington State UniversityUSAWAPullman
Parsons School of DesignUSANYNew York