Best Value Colleges For Engineering Careers

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300 (tie)Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) - Harrisburg Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$574,000
Total 4 Year Cost$153,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,800
300 (tie)University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$574,000
Total 4 Year Cost$90,200
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,800
303 (tie)University of Delaware(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$573,000
Total 4 Year Cost$175,000
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,400
303 (tie)Valparaiso University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$573,000
Total 4 Year Cost$187,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,700
303 (tie)Washington State University (WSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$573,000
Total 4 Year Cost$164,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,100
306 (tie)University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Amherst Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$572,000
Total 4 Year Cost$167,000
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,200
306 (tie)University of Mississippi(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$572,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,300
308North Carolina State University (NCSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$571,000
Total 4 Year Cost$146,000
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
309University of Rhode Island (URI)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$570,000
Total 4 Year Cost$109,000
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,600
310 (tie)Auburn University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$569,000
Total 4 Year Cost$108,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,300
310 (tie)Ferris State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$569,000
Total 4 Year Cost$88,700
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,000
310 (tie)University of Cincinnati (UC)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$569,000
Total 4 Year Cost$171,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,200
313 (tie)Grand Valley State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$568,000
Total 4 Year Cost$106,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,100
313 (tie)Milwaukee School of Engineering(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$568,000
Total 4 Year Cost$187,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,100
313 (tie)University of Illinois at Chicago(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$568,000
Total 4 Year Cost$117,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,900

*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.