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2021 Best Value Colleges for Environmental Engineering

23 Colleges
1,712 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,859 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Environmental Engineering School for You

Best Value Colleges for Environmental EngineeringIn 2018-2019, 1,712 people earned their bachelor's in environmental engineering, making the major the #136 most popular in the United States.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Environmental Engineering ranking, we looked at 23 colleges that offer a bachelor's in environmental engineering. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. We are more focused on environmental engineering schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Value Environmental Engineering Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Value Environmental Engineering Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Environmental Engineering Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value Environmental Engineering Schools

#1

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Florida. Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, U of F is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, U of F has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Environmental Engineering ranking.

At U of F, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,230. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the U of F is $120,542. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The average amount in student loans that environmental engineering majors at U of F take out while working on their bachelor's is $19,888. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $225.

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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a public school with a very large student population. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Environmental Engineering list.

At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $32,197. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is $143,921. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

While working on their bachelor's, environmental engineering majors at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo accumulate an average of around $18,900 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $205.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Missouri University of Science and Technology. Located in the town of Rolla, Missouri University of Science and Technology is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Missouri University of Science and Technology has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Environmental Engineering ranking.

It takes about 4.8 years for the average student at Missouri University of Science and Technology to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $29,213. This means that the average student pays around $139,346 to get a bachelor’s degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

While working on their bachelor's, environmental engineering majors at Missouri University of Science and Technology accumulate an average of around $24,425 in student debt.

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#4

Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY

Clarkson University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value environmental engineering schools. Clarkson is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Potsdam. Clarkson did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Environmental Engineering list.

At Clarkson, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $38,814. This means that the average student pays around $164,571 to get a bachelor’s degree from Clarkson. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, environmental engineering majors at Clarkson accumulate an average of around $23,072 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $265.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Michigan Technological University. Michigan Tech is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Houghton. Michigan Tech not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Environmental Engineering list.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at Michigan Tech to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $34,964. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Michigan Tech be around $162,583. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that environmental engineering majors at Michigan Tech take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,584. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $270.

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Our rankings recognize Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Georgia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Atlanta. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Georgia Tech, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Environmental Engineering ranking.

It takes the average student at Georgia Tech about 4.6 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $36,522. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech be around $168,001. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

On average, environmental engineering graduates from Georgia Tech take out $23,865 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 $260.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

At Ohio State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $34,273. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State be around $148,402. 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 environmental engineering majors at Ohio State take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,561. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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University of Wisconsin - Platteville earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Platteville, UW - Platteville is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

It takes the average student at UW - Platteville about 4.7 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,335. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UW - Platteville is $94,761. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Environmental Engineering majors at UW - Platteville take out an average of $20,304 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $195.

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Our rankings recognize University of New Hampshire - Main Campus as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the small suburb of Durham, U of NH is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average student at U of NH graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $36,404. This means that the average student pays around $149,984 to get a bachelor’s degree from U of NH. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The average amount in student loans that environmental engineering majors at U of NH take out while working on their bachelor's is $25,089. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#10

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

Our rankings recognize Northern Arizona University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. NAU is a very large public school located in the small city of Flagstaff.

It takes the average student at NAU about 4.3 years to graduate, and it costs about $23,230 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the NAU is $101,050. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Environmental Engineering majors at NAU take out an average of $28,461 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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One of 38 majors within the Engineering area of study, Environmental Engineering has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Environmental Engineering

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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 23 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alesia Goosic.

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