Best Value Colleges For Engineering Careers

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91 (tie)Georgia Institute of Technology(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$689,000
Total 4 Year Cost$174,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,700
91 (tie)San Francisco State University (SFSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$689,000
Total 4 Year Cost$98,100
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,400
91 (tie)Stony Brook University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$689,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,900
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,300
94New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$687,000
Total 4 Year Cost$76,000
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,600
95University of Alabama - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$685,000
Total 4 Year Cost$109,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$36,800
96New Mexico State University - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$683,000
Total 4 Year Cost$76,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,000
97San Diego State University (SDSU) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$682,000
Total 4 Year Cost$148,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,900
98Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$681,000
Total 4 Year Cost$77,800
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,000
99University of California - Davis (UC Davis)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$679,000
Total 4 Year Cost$133,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,700
100California State University - Hayward(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$676,000
Total 4 Year Cost$92,200
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,600
101 (tie)Northeastern University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$675,000
Total 4 Year Cost$237,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,400
101 (tie)University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$675,000
Total 4 Year Cost$229,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,800
101 (tie)University of Florida (UF)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$675,000
Total 4 Year Cost$80,300
Grad Rate88%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,400
101 (tie)University of Washington (UW) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$675,000
Total 4 Year Cost$187,000
Grad Rate84%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,600
101 (tie)Wichita State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$675,000
Total 4 Year Cost$77,400
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,300

*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.