Best Value Colleges For Engineering Careers

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390 (tie)University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$530,000
Total 4 Year Cost$147,000
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,100
392 (tie)Colorado State University (CSU) - Pueblo Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$529,000
Total 4 Year Cost$131,000
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,500
392 (tie)Troy University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$529,000
Total 4 Year Cost$99,300
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,400
392 (tie)University of Nebraska at Omaha(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$529,000
Total 4 Year Cost$79,000
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,600
395 (tie)Michigan State University (MSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$528,000
Total 4 Year Cost$185,000
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,200
395 (tie)Minnesota State University - Mankato Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$528,000
Total 4 Year Cost$104,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,500
397Florida International University (FIU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$527,000
Total 4 Year Cost$92,700
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,000
398University of Portland(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$526,000
Total 4 Year Cost$220,000
Grad Rate80%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,000
399 (tie)Southern University and A&M College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$525,000
Total 4 Year Cost$76,300
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,700
399 (tie)University of Arkansas - Little Rock Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$525,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,700
Grad Rate27%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,600
399 (tie)University of South Florida - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$525,000
Total 4 Year Cost$126,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,000
399 (tie)Walla Walla University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$525,000
Total 4 Year Cost$145,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,800
403 (tie)Indiana University-Purdue University - Fort Wayne (IPFW)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$524,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,600
Grad Rate26%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,700
403 (tie)University of Toledo(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$524,000
Total 4 Year Cost$134,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,300
405University of California - Riverside (UCR)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$523,000
Total 4 Year Cost$223,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,900

*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.