Best Value Colleges For Engineering Careers

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286Vanderbilt University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$581,000
Total 4 Year Cost$247,000
Grad Rate93%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,600
287 (tie)Colorado State University (CSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$580,000
Total 4 Year Cost$92,900
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,500
287 (tie)University of Louisville(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$580,000
Total 4 Year Cost$150,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,200
287 (tie)University of Wisconsin (UW) - Platteville Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$580,000
Total 4 Year Cost$102,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,300
290 (tie)Arkansas State University (ASU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$579,000
Total 4 Year Cost$105,000
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,300
290 (tie)Iowa State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$579,000
Total 4 Year Cost$127,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,500
290 (tie)North Dakota State University (NDSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$579,000
Total 4 Year Cost$78,600
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$34,400
290 (tie)Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$579,000
Total 4 Year Cost$86,400
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
290 (tie)University of Missouri - Columbia(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$579,000
Total 4 Year Cost$152,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,200
295Western Washington University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$578,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,300
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,000
296 (tie)Boston University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$577,000
Total 4 Year Cost$250,000
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$40,900
296 (tie)Gonzaga University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$577,000
Total 4 Year Cost$199,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,000
296 (tie)University of Rochester(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$577,000
Total 4 Year Cost$249,000
Grad Rate84%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,700
299Weber State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$575,000
Total 4 Year Cost$108,000
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,000
300 (tie)Colorado State University (CSU) - Pueblo Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$574,000
Total 4 Year Cost$86,000
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,500

*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.