Best Value Colleges For Engineering Careers

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120 (tie)Oklahoma State University (OSU) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$662,000
Total 4 Year Cost$87,500
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,800
120 (tie)Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$662,000
Total 4 Year Cost$232,000
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$45,500
123 (tie)Texas A&M University - Kingsville Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$661,000
Total 4 Year Cost$129,000
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
123 (tie)University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$661,000
Total 4 Year Cost$119,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,100
125University of Utah(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$660,000
Total 4 Year Cost$156,000
Grad Rate62%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,900
126 (tie)Tulane University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$657,000
Total 4 Year Cost$248,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,800
126 (tie)University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$657,000
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,500
126 (tie)University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$657,000
Total 4 Year Cost$101,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,100
129 (tie)University of California - Berkeley(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$656,000
Total 4 Year Cost$229,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,300
129 (tie)University of New Mexico (UNM)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$656,000
Total 4 Year Cost$80,100
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,900
131Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$654,000
Total 4 Year Cost$235,000
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$43,000
132 (tie)Lafayette College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$652,000
Total 4 Year Cost$243,000
Grad Rate90%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,100
132 (tie)Purdue University - Calumet Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$652,000
Total 4 Year Cost$85,000
Grad Rate31%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,800
134 (tie)Grove City College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$651,000
Total 4 Year Cost$101,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$42,500
134 (tie)The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$651,000
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate87%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$39,100

*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.