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2021 Best Value Colleges for General Engineering

30 Colleges
2,900 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,224 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value General Engineering School for You

Best Value Colleges for General EngineeringGeneral Engineering is the #110 most popular major in the country with 2,900 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

This year's Best Value Colleges for General Engineering ranking looked at 30 colleges that offer a bachelor's in engineering. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. For this ranking, we are identifying those 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.

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.

More Ways to Rank General Engineering Schools

The 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 Engineering Schools.

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2021 Best Value General Engineering Schools in United States

Check out the engineering programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 10 Best Value General Engineering Schools

#1

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA

Elizabethtown College landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general engineering schools. E - town is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Elizabethtown.

The average student at E - town graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $17,380. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from E - town is $70,910. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

While working on their bachelor's, engineering majors at E - town accumulate an average of around $25,920 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#2

Mercer University

Macon, GA

Our rankings recognize Mercer University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Mercer is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Macon. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Mercer, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for General Engineering ranking.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Mercer to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $19,614. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Mercer is about $84,144. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

After completing their bachelor's degree, engineering graduates from Mercer carry an average student debtload of $22,660. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $270.

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#3

Calvin University

Grand Rapids, MI

Calvin University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general engineering schools. Calvin is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Grand Rapids. Calvin not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for General Engineering list.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Calvin to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $32,672. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Calvin be around $137,876. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

On average, engineering graduates from Calvin take out $23,194 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#4

Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, PA

The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Messiah University. Located in the suburb of Mechanicsburg, Messiah is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Messiah, the school also landed the #9 rank in our Best Colleges for General Engineering ranking.

It takes the average student at Messiah about 4.1 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $31,960. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Messiah is about $129,758. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The average amount in student loans that engineering majors at Messiah take out while working on their bachelor's is $22,763. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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#5

Hope College

Holland, MI

Hope College comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Hope is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Holland. Hope did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for General Engineering list.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Hope to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $33,418. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Hope is $137,682. 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 engineering majors at Hope take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,663. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $273.

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#6

Olin College

Needham, MA

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Olin College. Olin College is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Needham. Olin College also made our Best Colleges for General Engineering list, coming in at #1.

The average student at Olin College graduates in less than 4.2 years, and it costs about $37,144 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Olin College is about $155,633. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

While working on their bachelor's, engineering majors at Olin College accumulate an average of around $15,937 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $163.

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#7

Geneva College

Beaver Falls, PA

Our rankings recognize Geneva College as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Geneva is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Beaver Falls.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Geneva is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,239. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Geneva be around $107,842. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

Engineering majors at Geneva take out an average of $22,324 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $270.

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Montana Tech of the University of Montana comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Montana Tech is a small public school located in the remote town of Butte.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Montana Tech is 4.8 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,468. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Montana Tech is $130,473. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Engineering majors at Montana Tech take out an average of $23,507 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 $238.

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#9

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

Our rankings recognize East Carolina University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. ECU is a very large public school located in the city of Greenville.

The average student at ECU graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,107. This means that the average student pays around $115,915 to get a bachelor’s degree from ECU. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The average amount in student loans that engineering majors at ECU take out while working on their bachelor's is $26,131. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general engineering schools. Minnesota State University - Mankato is a fairly large public school located in the city of Mankato.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Minnesota State University - Mankato is 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,786. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University - Mankato is $99,998. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The average amount in student loans that engineering majors at Minnesota State University - Mankato take out while working on their bachelor's is $14,343. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $149.

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General 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Rémi Kaupp.

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