Best Value Colleges For Engineering Careers

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406 (tie)University of Hartford(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$521,000
Total 4 Year Cost$195,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$40,100
406 (tie)University of Vermont (UVM)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$521,000
Total 4 Year Cost$118,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,100
408Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$520,000
Total 4 Year Cost$146,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
409Washington University in St. Louis(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$519,000
Total 4 Year Cost$256,000
Grad Rate95%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,000
410 (tie)Lake Superior State University - Sault Ste Marie, MI(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$518,000
Total 4 Year Cost$88,300
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,000
410 (tie)Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Edwardsville Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$518,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,400
410 (tie)University of Illinois at Chicago(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$518,000
Total 4 Year Cost$167,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,900
410 (tie)University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stout Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$518,000
Total 4 Year Cost$75,500
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,500
414 (tie)Calvin College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$517,000
Total 4 Year Cost$167,000
Grad Rate74%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,100
414 (tie)South Dakota State University (SDSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$517,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,000
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
414 (tie)University of Kentucky (UK)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$517,000
Total 4 Year Cost$98,700
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
417 (tie)Colorado State University (CSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$516,000
Total 4 Year Cost$158,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,500
417 (tie)Slippery Rock University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$516,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,700
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,600
419University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$515,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,100
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,400
420 (tie)SUNY - College at Oswego(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$514,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,100
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,000

*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.