Best Value Colleges For Engineering Careers

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1United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA)(Federal)
20 Year Net ROI$1,005,000
Total 4 Year Cost$33,100
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$12,300
2Lamar University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$987,000
Total 4 Year Cost$86,600
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,200
3McNeese State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$959,000
Total 4 Year Cost$73,100
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,700
4Lamar University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$948,000
Total 4 Year Cost$125,000
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,200
5University of Tulsa(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$920,000
Total 4 Year Cost$208,000
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,300
6McNeese State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$916,000
Total 4 Year Cost$116,000
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,700
7Stanford University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$901,000
Total 4 Year Cost$247,000
Grad Rate95%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,100
8SUNY - Maritime College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$889,000
Total 4 Year Cost$92,300
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,000
9Montana Tech of The University of Montana(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$885,000
Total 4 Year Cost$75,700
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,400
10University of Alaska - Fairbanks Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$879,000
Total 4 Year Cost$69,100
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,300
11California State University, Maritime (CSUM)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$876,000
Total 4 Year Cost$87,500
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,600
12Webb Institute(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$870,000
Total 4 Year Cost$209,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,200
13University of California - San Diego (UCSD), Warren College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$865,000
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$22,600
14Texas A&M University - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$862,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,700
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,100
15 (tie)Maine Maritime Academy(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$851,000
Total 4 Year Cost$100,000
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$43,200

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

Engineers of all types are in demand, and almost all can expect to receive high salaries. But if you want to set yourself up for real financial success, you want to choose a college that has a proven track record for producing alumni who receive a solid return on their education investment.

It's not hard to find a high return on investment for engineering majors. So where should you attend college if you want to be an engineer or work in the architecture field? The University of California, San Diego is perennially a good bet, and the fact that you get to attend college next to the beautiful beaches in La Jolla, California is an added bonus.

Just a few hours north, UC Santa Barbara also consistently offers a solid return for engineers. UCSB also boasts a beautiful, beachside campus, and even though it has a reputation as a party school, it consistently ranks high in our ROI report.

On the east coast, The University of Maryland Terrapins -- the nickname for the school's "Terp" turtle mascot � can generally expect a solid ROI. Though the University of Maryland may not be as well-known as schools like Caltech, MIT or UC Berkeley, it's a good bet for students who want to explore an engineering career path. Interesting note: The University of Maryland is the alma mater of Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank, who supplies the school's athletic teams with gear and apparel.