Best Value Colleges For Engineering Careers

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175 (tie)University of Texas at Tyler(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$630,000
Total 4 Year Cost$83,300
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,200
182University of Colorado - Boulder (CU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$629,000
Total 4 Year Cost$118,000
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,900
183 (tie)California State University - Long Beach (CSULB)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$628,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,000
183 (tie)Southern Methodist University (SMU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$628,000
Total 4 Year Cost$251,000
Grad Rate77%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,000
183 (tie)University of Iowa (UI)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$628,000
Total 4 Year Cost$84,400
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,400
183 (tie)University of Wyoming (UW)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$628,000
Total 4 Year Cost$73,700
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,700
187Seattle Pacific University (SPU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$627,000
Total 4 Year Cost$194,000
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,200
188 (tie)University of Alabama - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$626,000
Total 4 Year Cost$168,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$36,800
188 (tie)Washington State University (WSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$626,000
Total 4 Year Cost$111,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,100
190 (tie)Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$624,000
Total 4 Year Cost$251,000
Grad Rate88%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,500
190 (tie)University of Colorado at Colorado Springs(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$624,000
Total 4 Year Cost$86,300
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,000
190 (tie)University of Minnesota - Duluth Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$624,000
Total 4 Year Cost$108,000
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,000
193Tennessee Technological University (TTU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$623,000
Total 4 Year Cost$93,000
Grad Rate49%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$18,900
194University of Pennsylvania(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$620,000
Total 4 Year Cost$252,000
Grad Rate96%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,400
195 (tie)Purdue University - Calumet Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$618,000
Total 4 Year Cost$119,000
Grad Rate31%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,800

*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.