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2021 Best Value Colleges for Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering

50 Colleges
4,887 Bachelor's Degrees
$31,691 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering School for You

Best Value Colleges for Aerospace & Aeronautical EngineeringIn 2018-2019, 4,887 people earned their bachelor's in aerospace and aeronautical engineering, making the major the #78 most popular in the United States.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering ranking, we looked at 50 colleges that offer a bachelor's in aerospace engineering. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. For this ranking, we are identifying those aerospace engineering schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

When calculating average cost, we take tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other related expenses into account. We then subtract the average financial aid award. The is meant to give you an idea of how much money you'll need to pay out-of-pocket through loans, external scholarships, or other methods. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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The aerospace engineering school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Value Aerospace Engineering Schools.

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2021 Best Value Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering Schools

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Daytona Beach, Embry Riddle Daytona Beach is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. Embry Riddle Daytona Beach did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering list.

At Embry Riddle Daytona Beach, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,063. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Embry Riddle Daytona Beach be around $119,369. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, aerospace engineering majors at Embry Riddle Daytona Beach accumulate an average of around $25,220 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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#2

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. U of F is a fairly large public school located in the city of Gainesville.

It takes the average student at U of F about 4.3 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,230. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from U of F is $120,542. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

After completing their bachelor's degree, aerospace engineering graduates from U of F carry an average student debtload of $19,687. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $215.

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Missouri University of Science and Technology earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Missouri University of Science and Technology is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Rolla. Missouri University of Science and Technology not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering list.

It takes about 4.8 years for the average student at Missouri University of Science and Technology to complete their degree, and it costs about $29,213 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $139,346 to get a bachelor’s degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that aerospace engineering majors at Missouri University of Science and Technology take out while working on their bachelor's is $26,375. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $283, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Our rankings recognize Iowa State University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Iowa State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Ames.

At Iowa State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,749. This means that the average student pays around $118,231 to get a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that aerospace engineering majors at Iowa State take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,815. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $278.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to North Carolina State University. NC State is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Raleigh.

It takes the average student at NC State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,493. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from NC State be around $124,799. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, aerospace engineering majors at NC State accumulate an average of around $21,318 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $249, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Our rankings recognize Virginia Tech as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to its great value ranking, Virginia Tech is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering list.

It takes the average student at Virginia Tech about 4.3 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $33,298. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech be around $142,182. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

While working on their bachelor's, aerospace engineering majors at Virginia Tech accumulate an average of around $23,909 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $289, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at MIT, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering ranking.

The average student at MIT graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,340. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from MIT is $116,477. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

On average, aerospace engineering graduates from MIT take out $13,947 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $145, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value aerospace and aeronautical engineering schools. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of San Luis Obispo.

It takes the average student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo about 4.5 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $32,197. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is $143,921. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The average amount in student loans that aerospace engineering majors at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,658. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $223.

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#9

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Our rankings recognize Purdue University - Main Campus as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Purdue is a fairly large public school located in the small city of West Lafayette.

It takes the average student at Purdue about 4.4 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,495. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Purdue is about $124,238. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that aerospace engineering majors at Purdue take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,165. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value aerospace and aeronautical engineering schools. Located in the city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a very large student population. Georgia Tech not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering list.

At Georgia Tech, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $36,522. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech is $168,001. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Aerospace Engineering majors at Georgia Tech take out an average of $26,179 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering is one of 38 different types of Engineering programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 37,343
Electrical Engineering 17,946
Civil Engineering 14,832
Chemical Engineering 11,423
Computer Engineering 10,704

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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