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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179 (tie)Oregon State University (OSU) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$760,000
Total 4 Year Cost$97,800
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,200
179 (tie)Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$760,000
Total 4 Year Cost$77,800
Grad Rate40%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,000
183 (tie)Clemson University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$759,000
Total 4 Year Cost$114,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,500
183 (tie)University of Arizona(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$759,000
Total 4 Year Cost$174,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,100
183 (tie)Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$759,000
Total 4 Year Cost$235,000
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$43,000
186 (tie)University of Colorado - Boulder (CU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$758,000
Total 4 Year Cost$118,000
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,900
186 (tie)University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$758,000
Total 4 Year Cost$147,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,100
188University of Idaho(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$757,000
Total 4 Year Cost$79,200
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,200
189University of Missouri - Columbia(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$755,000
Total 4 Year Cost$93,100
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,200
190Santa Clara University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$754,000
Total 4 Year Cost$243,000
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,400
191 (tie)Arizona State University (ASU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$752,000
Total 4 Year Cost$154,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,200
191 (tie)The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$752,000
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate87%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$39,100
193 (tie)CUNY - City College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$751,000
Total 4 Year Cost$108,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,000
193 (tie)Oklahoma Christian University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$751,000
Total 4 Year Cost$122,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,600
193 (tie)St. Cloud State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$751,000
Total 4 Year Cost$76,400
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,300

*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.