Best Value Colleges For Engineering Careers

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571Florida Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University (FAMU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$393,000
Total 4 Year Cost$127,000
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,200
572SUNY - College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$390,000
Total 4 Year Cost$97,600
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,000
573Western Kentucky University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$388,000
Total 4 Year Cost$131,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,300
574 (tie)California College of the Arts(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$387,000
Total 4 Year Cost$229,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,500
574 (tie)SUNY - Institute of Technology (SUNYIT)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$387,000
Total 4 Year Cost$130,000
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,300
574 (tie)University of Georgia (UGA)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$387,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,100
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
574 (tie)University of New Haven(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$387,000
Total 4 Year Cost$204,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$47,000
578Northern Michigan University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$385,000
Total 4 Year Cost$82,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,800
579 (tie)Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$384,000
Total 4 Year Cost$130,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,100
579 (tie)Georgia Southern University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$384,000
Total 4 Year Cost$131,000
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
581Pennsylvania College of Technology(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$381,000
Total 4 Year Cost$121,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$40,500
582Jacksonville State University (JSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$379,000
Total 4 Year Cost$109,000
Grad Rate30%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,000
583Keene State College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$376,000
Total 4 Year Cost$131,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$38,300
584Norwich University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$374,000
Total 4 Year Cost$201,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,600
585Millersville University of Pennsylvania(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$371,000
Total 4 Year Cost$92,900
Grad Rate64%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,400

*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.