Best Value Colleges For Engineering Careers

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373 (tie)University of Akron - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$537,000
Total 4 Year Cost$97,400
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
373 (tie)University of Nebraska - Lincoln(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$537,000
Total 4 Year Cost$144,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,000
373 (tie)University of North Florida (UNF)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$537,000
Total 4 Year Cost$82,900
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,400
379 (tie)George Washington University (GWU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$536,000
Total 4 Year Cost$249,000
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,200
379 (tie)North Dakota State University (NDSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$536,000
Total 4 Year Cost$122,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$34,400
381 (tie)Union College - Schenectady, NY(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$535,000
Total 4 Year Cost$245,000
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$22,800
381 (tie)Western Michigan University (WMU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$535,000
Total 4 Year Cost$147,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,900
383 (tie)Cleveland State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$534,000
Total 4 Year Cost$115,000
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,900
383 (tie)Montana State University - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$534,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,000
383 (tie)Point Park University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$534,000
Total 4 Year Cost$161,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,500
386 (tie)Idaho State University (ISU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$533,000
Total 4 Year Cost$82,800
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,000
386 (tie)Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$533,000
Total 4 Year Cost$194,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$38,300
386 (tie)Western Washington University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$533,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,000
389University of New Hampshire (UNH) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$532,000
Total 4 Year Cost$122,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$37,400
390 (tie)Loyola Marymount University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$530,000
Total 4 Year Cost$233,000
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,500

*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.