Engineering

2021 Best Value Colleges for Engineering

319 Colleges
128,724 Bachelor's Degrees
$24,999 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Engineering School for You

Best Value Colleges for EngineeringEngineering is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 4th of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 128,724 bachelor's degrees were awarded to students with this major.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Engineering ranking analyzed 319 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in engineering. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. Instead, we are looking at those engineering schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a price lower than expected.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

One Size Does Not Fit All

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.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

2021 Best Value Engineering Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for engineering majors.

Top 25 Best Value Engineering Schools

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Located in the small city of Rapid City, SD Mines is a public school with a small student population. SD Mines also made our Best Colleges for Engineering list, coming in at #6.

It takes the average student at SD Mines about 4.8 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,129. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SD Mines is about $116,543. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#2

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, U of F is a public college with a very large student population. U of F excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Engineering list.

It takes the average student at U of F about 4.3 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,230. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from U of F is $120,542. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Brigham Young University - Provo comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at BYU is 5.2 years, and it costs about $12,239 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from BYU be around $64,132. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Iowa State University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Ames, Iowa State is a public college with a fairly large student population. Iowa State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Engineering list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

It takes the average student at Iowa State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,749. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State be around $118,231. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. Located in the town of Socorro, New Mexico Tech is a public school with a small student population. New Mexico Tech excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Engineering list.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at New Mexico Tech to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,170. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico Tech is $128,242. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#6

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Our rankings recognize Texas Tech University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average student at Texas Tech graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,296. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech is $105,298. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Milwaukee School of Engineering earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Milwaukee, MSOE is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. MSOE excels when it comes to quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Engineering list.

The average student at MSOE graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $30,829. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the MSOE is $134,723. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#8

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

University of Wyoming landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. U of Wyoming is a large public school located in the town of Laramie.

The average student at U of Wyoming graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $20,323. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of Wyoming is about $94,299. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Marietta College

Marietta, OH

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Marietta College. Marietta is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Marietta. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Marietta also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Engineering ranking.

It takes the average student at Marietta about 4.4 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $25,077. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Marietta be around $110,339. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Embry Riddle Daytona Beach is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Daytona Beach. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Embry Riddle Daytona Beach also did well on our Best Colleges for Engineering list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Embry Riddle Daytona Beach is 4.6 years, and it costs about $26,063 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $119,369 to get a bachelor’s degree from Embry Riddle Daytona Beach. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Missouri University of Science and Technology comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Rolla, Missouri University of Science and Technology is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. Missouri University of Science and Technology also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering rankings.

It takes the average student at Missouri University of Science and Technology about 4.8 years to graduate, 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.

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The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Oklahoma State University - Main Campus. Located in the town of Stillwater, Oklahoma State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average student at Oklahoma State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,971. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State be around $119,212. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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North Carolina State University landed the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. Located in the large city of Raleigh, NC State is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to its great value ranking, NC State is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Engineering list.

The average student at NC State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,493. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from NC State is $124,799. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Montana Tech of the University of Montana comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Montana Tech is a small public school located in the remote town of Butte. Montana Tech also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Engineering list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

At Montana Tech, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.8 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,468. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Montana Tech is $130,473. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus landed the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. Located in the city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to its great value ranking, Purdue is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Engineering list.

It takes the average student at Purdue about 4.4 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $28,495. This means that the average student pays around $124,238 to get a bachelor’s degree from Purdue. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize University of South Florida - Main Campus as the #16 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public school with a very large student population.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at USF Tampa to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,095. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa is $99,309. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#17

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Houston, U of H is a public school with a very large student population.

The average student at U of H graduates in less than 4.6 years, and it costs about $25,217 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the U of H is $116,503. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Louisiana Tech University comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Ruston, Louisiana Tech is a public college with a large student population.

The average student at Louisiana Tech graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $18,308. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech is $80,372. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK

University of Tulsa landed the #19 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. Located in the large city of Tulsa, University of Tulsa is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. University of Tulsa also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Engineering list. It's in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at University of Tulsa to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,647. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa is $130,863. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#20

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University earned the #20 spot in our 2021 rankings. Florida State is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Tallahassee.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Florida State to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $27,233. This means that the average student pays around $115,196 to get a bachelor’s degree from Florida State. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Ohio Northern University comes in at #21 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Ada, ONU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at ONU to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,759. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from ONU be around $117,421. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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South Dakota State University earned the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public school with a large student population.

At South Dakota State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,370. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the South Dakota State is $89,628. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Our rankings recognize North Dakota State University - Main Campus as the #23 school in this year's rankings. North Dakota State University is a large public school located in the city of Fargo.

It takes the average student at North Dakota State University about 4.5 years to graduate, and it costs about $21,224 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $96,145 to get a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#24

SUNY Maritime College

Throggs Neck, NY

SUNY Maritime College earned the #24 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Throggs Neck, SUNY Maritime is a public college with a small student population.

It takes the average student at SUNY Maritime about 4.4 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,770. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Maritime is $118,591. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Mercer University

Macon, GA

Mercer University comes in at #25 in this year's ranking. Mercer is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Macon.

At Mercer, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $19,614. This means that the average student pays around $84,144 to get a bachelor’s degree from Mercer. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#28

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#29

Bradley University

Peoria, IL
#31

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA

#35

Olin College

Needham, MA
#39

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI
#41

Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, ME

#43

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS
#44

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Engineering students that almost earned our Best Value Colleges for Engineering award.

Rank College Location
48 Alfred University Alfred, NY
49 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
50 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
51 Cedarville University Cedarville, OH
52 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
53 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
54 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
55 Geneva College Beaver Falls, PA
56 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
57 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
58 Washington State University Pullman, WA
59 North Carolina A & T State University Greensboro, NC
60 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
61 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
62 Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID
63 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA

Engineering by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Engineering Majors to Study

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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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 126,493
Computer & Information Sciences 92,596
Physical Sciences 32,633
Mathematics & Statistics 30,991
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 21,156

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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 Petty Officer 3rd Class Declan Barnes.

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