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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211University of Alabama - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$739,000
Total 4 Year Cost$109,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$36,800
212 (tie)San Diego State University (SDSU) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$738,000
Total 4 Year Cost$148,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,900
212 (tie)University of New Mexico (UNM)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$738,000
Total 4 Year Cost$137,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,900
214 (tie)North Carolina State University (NCSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$737,000
Total 4 Year Cost$88,200
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
214 (tie)Northern Arizona University (NAU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$737,000
Total 4 Year Cost$95,200
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,000
214 (tie)Western Washington University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$737,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,300
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,000
217 (tie)California State University - Los Angeles (CSULA)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$736,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,000
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$14,500
217 (tie)Kettering University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$736,000
Total 4 Year Cost$208,000
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$41,700
217 (tie)Oakland University - Rochester Hills, MI(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$736,000
Total 4 Year Cost$88,900
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,100
220 (tie)California State University - Sacramento (CSUS)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$735,000
Total 4 Year Cost$140,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,200
220 (tie)New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$735,000
Total 4 Year Cost$198,000
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,000
220 (tie)State University of New York (SUNY) at Farmingdale(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$735,000
Total 4 Year Cost$90,300
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
220 (tie)Temple University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$735,000
Total 4 Year Cost$122,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$34,000
224University of Central Florida (UCF)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$734,000
Total 4 Year Cost$84,700
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,800
225 (tie)Humboldt State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$733,000
Total 4 Year Cost$92,200
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,700

*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.