Best Value Colleges For Engineering Careers

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15 (tie)SUNY - Maritime College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$851,000
Total 4 Year Cost$130,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,000
17California Institute of Technology (Caltech)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$840,000
Total 4 Year Cost$240,000
Grad Rate92%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$19,000
18Montana Tech of The University of Montana(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$836,000
Total 4 Year Cost$125,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,400
19Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$835,000
Total 4 Year Cost$240,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,200
20University of Alaska - Fairbanks Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$833,000
Total 4 Year Cost$115,000
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,300
21 (tie)California State University, Maritime (CSUM)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$831,000
Total 4 Year Cost$133,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,600
21 (tie)University of Alaska - Anchorage Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$831,000
Total 4 Year Cost$81,600
Grad Rate25%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,700
21 (tie)University of Texas (UT) - Austin(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$831,000
Total 4 Year Cost$104,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,600
24Colorado School of Mines(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$827,000
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$33,400
25Rice University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$819,000
Total 4 Year Cost$221,000
Grad Rate93%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,400
26Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$810,000
Total 4 Year Cost$94,800
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,000
27Maine Maritime Academy(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$806,000
Total 4 Year Cost$145,000
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$43,200
28Brigham Young University (BYU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$803,000
Total 4 Year Cost$70,500
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,200
29University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$802,000
Total 4 Year Cost$131,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,000
30Louisiana Tech University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$800,000
Total 4 Year Cost$75,100
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,000

*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.