Best Value Colleges For Engineering Careers

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345 (tie)Portland State University (PSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$551,000
Total 4 Year Cost$155,000
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,600
345 (tie)University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$551,000
Total 4 Year Cost$77,800
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,900
348Hofstra University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$549,000
Total 4 Year Cost$220,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$41,400
349 (tie)Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$548,000
Total 4 Year Cost$96,500
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$33,100
349 (tie)Ohio State University (OSU) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$548,000
Total 4 Year Cost$167,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,700
349 (tie)South Carolina State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$548,000
Total 4 Year Cost$109,000
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$41,100
349 (tie)Tennessee State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$548,000
Total 4 Year Cost$124,000
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,600
353 (tie)Northern Illinois University (NIU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$547,000
Total 4 Year Cost$114,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,300
353 (tie)University of Arkansas - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$547,000
Total 4 Year Cost$90,300
Grad Rate62%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,800
353 (tie)University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$547,000
Total 4 Year Cost$88,500
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,500
356 (tie)Cleveland State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$546,000
Total 4 Year Cost$102,000
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,900
356 (tie)University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$546,000
Total 4 Year Cost$84,500
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$17,700
358University of Alabama - Birmingham Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$545,000
Total 4 Year Cost$131,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,000
359 (tie)Alfred University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$544,000
Total 4 Year Cost$164,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,900
359 (tie)Ferris State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$544,000
Total 4 Year Cost$113,000
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,000

*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.