Best Value Colleges For Engineering Majors

Engineering is one major that is sure to pay you back nicely for years to come.  Read More

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165 (tie)Tennessee State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$770,000
Total 4 Year Cost$124,000
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,600
167University of Kansas(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$769,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,800
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,300
168University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Dartmouth Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$768,000
Total 4 Year Cost$103,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,800
169University of Michigan - Ann Arbor(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$767,000
Total 4 Year Cost$218,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
170 (tie)Northern Illinois University (NIU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$766,000
Total 4 Year Cost$114,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,300
170 (tie)Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$766,000
Total 4 Year Cost$252,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$42,800
170 (tie)University of New Orleans (UNO)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$766,000
Total 4 Year Cost$134,000
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$19,900
173 (tie)Kansas State University (KSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$765,000
Total 4 Year Cost$86,500
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,500
173 (tie)University of Minnesota - Twin Cities(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$765,000
Total 4 Year Cost$129,000
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,300
175University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$763,000
Total 4 Year Cost$126,000
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,800
176 (tie)University of Delaware(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$762,000
Total 4 Year Cost$175,000
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,400
176 (tie)University of Iowa (UI)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$762,000
Total 4 Year Cost$84,400
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,400
176 (tie)University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$762,000
Total 4 Year Cost$128,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$37,600
179 (tie)Michigan State University (MSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$760,000
Total 4 Year Cost$100,000
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,200
179 (tie)Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$760,000
Total 4 Year Cost$87,400
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,500

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

It's a versatile major, teaching skills that are in demand well beyond graduation and have significant value in the real world.

If you're a problem solver at heart who loves math and science, then engineering is definitely your calling. Engineers take scientific and mathematical principles and apply them to real-life situations to determine the best possible outcome(s); tinkering at its finest. And PayScale's College ROI Report shows you where your educational dollars will be best spent, letting you tinker away at one of the nation's best value colleges for engineer majors. Take your pick!

Always coming in high on the list of best value schools for engineering majors is the University of California, Berkeley ("Cal"). Cal is the only university to consistently rank in the top three or four on the College ROI Report for multiple majors and ranking third in the world for best value colleges for engineering majors. Just so you know, you can thank UC Berkeley engineers for helping build iconic structures such as the Hoover Dam and Golden Gate Bridge.

As the saying goes, "Everything's bigger in Texas," and this includes the expected return on investment provided by one of the state's top private research academies. Coming in high on the College ROI Report for engineering majors is Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineering. In addition to Rice nearing the top of the list of best value colleges for engineering majors, the university and its faculty also put a great deal of emphasis on encouraging female students to pursue engineering degrees through a variety of programs and organizations offered by the university.

Rice University is a smart investment based on the rankings from the College ROI Report for engineering majors, but it comes with a private-school price tag. Cal gives you a bit more bang for your educational buck, regardless of what major you choose -- apparently, chart-topping is Cal's thing.