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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316 (tie)Clemson University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$687,000
Total 4 Year Cost$185,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,500
316 (tie)University of Hartford(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$687,000
Total 4 Year Cost$195,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$40,100
318 (tie)California State University - Fresno (Fresno State)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$686,000
Total 4 Year Cost$127,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,300
318 (tie)Grove City College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$686,000
Total 4 Year Cost$101,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$42,500
318 (tie)University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$686,000
Total 4 Year Cost$88,500
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,500
318 (tie)Virginia Military Institute (VMI)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$686,000
Total 4 Year Cost$192,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
322 (tie)Florida International University (FIU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$685,000
Total 4 Year Cost$92,700
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,000
322 (tie)Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$685,000
Total 4 Year Cost$224,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,300
322 (tie)Montana State University - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$685,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,000
322 (tie)University of Alabama - Birmingham Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$685,000
Total 4 Year Cost$131,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,000
322 (tie)University of Iowa (UI)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$685,000
Total 4 Year Cost$161,000
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,400
327Utah State University - Regional Campuses and Distance Education(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$684,000
Total 4 Year Cost$119,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,900
328 (tie)Oakland University - Rochester Hills, MI(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$683,000
Total 4 Year Cost$141,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,100
328 (tie)University of Cincinnati (UC)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$683,000
Total 4 Year Cost$171,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,200
330 (tie)Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) - Erie-Behrend College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$682,000
Total 4 Year Cost$124,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$33,900

*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.