Best Value Colleges For Engineering Careers

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586Roger Williams University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$368,000
Total 4 Year Cost$199,000
Grad Rate62%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$45,900
587University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stevens Point Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$366,000
Total 4 Year Cost$99,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,000
588 (tie)Northern Michigan University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$365,000
Total 4 Year Cost$103,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,800
588 (tie)University of Wisconsin (UW) - Oshkosh Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$365,000
Total 4 Year Cost$71,600
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,800
590University of Central Missouri(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$363,000
Total 4 Year Cost$74,600
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,000
591Vermont Technical College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$359,000
Total 4 Year Cost$98,800
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$37,000
592Pennsylvania College of Technology(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$358,000
Total 4 Year Cost$144,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$40,500
593Georgia State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$356,000
Total 4 Year Cost$158,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,400
594SUNY - College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$351,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,000
595Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$350,000
Total 4 Year Cost$146,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,900
596Southeastern Louisiana University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$349,000
Total 4 Year Cost$72,000
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$18,700
597Morehead State University (Kentucky)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$346,000
Total 4 Year Cost$76,900
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,200
598East Carolina University (ECU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$344,000
Total 4 Year Cost$82,600
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,300
599SUNY - College of Technology at Alfred(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$339,000
Total 4 Year Cost$93,400
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,300
600University of Central Missouri(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$338,000
Total 4 Year Cost$100,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,000

*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.