Best Value Colleges For Engineering Careers

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526 (tie)Illinois State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$443,000
Total 4 Year Cost$106,000
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,200
526 (tie)Western Kentucky University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$443,000
Total 4 Year Cost$76,100
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,300
528University of Wisconsin (UWM) - Milwaukee(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$442,000
Total 4 Year Cost$130,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,000
529Florida Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University (FAMU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$441,000
Total 4 Year Cost$78,800
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,200
530Towson University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$439,000
Total 4 Year Cost$141,000
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,100
531University of North Texas (UNT)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$437,000
Total 4 Year Cost$118,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
532University of Vermont (UVM)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$436,000
Total 4 Year Cost$203,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,100
533 (tie)State University of New York (SUNY) at Farmingdale(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$433,000
Total 4 Year Cost$129,000
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
533 (tie)Syracuse University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$433,000
Total 4 Year Cost$234,000
Grad Rate80%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,900
535 (tie)Florida Atlantic University (FAU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$431,000
Total 4 Year Cost$137,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,900
535 (tie)Northeastern State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$431,000
Total 4 Year Cost$58,900
Grad Rate31%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,000
535 (tie)Tarleton State University (TSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$431,000
Total 4 Year Cost$72,000
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$38,500
535 (tie)Temple University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$431,000
Total 4 Year Cost$162,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$34,000
535 (tie)University of Hawaii at Manoa(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$431,000
Total 4 Year Cost$173,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,300
535 (tie)University of Southern Mississippi (USM)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$431,000
Total 4 Year Cost$80,600
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,800

*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.