Engineering

2021 Best Value Colleges for Engineering in the Great Lakes Region

54 Colleges
21,847 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,384 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Engineering School for You

Best Value Colleges for Engineering in the Great Lakes Region In 2018-2019, 128,724 engineering students received their bachelor's degree, making the major the #4 most popular in the country. Out of all those awarded degrees, 21,847 went to undergraduates in the Great Lakes region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Engineering in the Great Lakes Region ranking looked at 54 colleges that offer a bachelor's in engineering. When talking about the 'best value', we do not simply mean those with the lowest price. We are more focused on engineering schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

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. Your cost may be different from the average one, depending on your income and other factors.

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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 College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

2021 Best Value Engineering Schools in the Great Lakes Region

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

Top 10 Best Value Engineering Schools

Milwaukee School of Engineering earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Milwaukee, MSOE is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. In addition to being on our best value list, MSOE has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

It takes the average student at MSOE about 4.4 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for 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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#2

Marietta College

Marietta, OH

Marietta College comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Marietta is a small private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Marietta.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Marietta is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $25,077. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Marietta is $110,339. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#3

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University - Main Campus comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Purdue has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

At Purdue, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,495. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Purdue be around $124,238. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Ohio Northern University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. Located in the fringe town of Ada, ONU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average student at ONU graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,759. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from ONU be around $117,421. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#5

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Bradley University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Peoria, Bradley is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

It takes the average student at Bradley about 4.3 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $30,832. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Bradley is $131,344. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of Wisconsin - Platteville comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Platteville, UW - Platteville is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

The average student at UW - Platteville graduates in less than 4.7 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $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.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public school with a very large student population. Ohio State also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Great Lakes Region list, coming in at #9.

It takes the average student at Ohio State about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $34,273. 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 Ohio State is $148,402. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Michigan Technological University. Michigan Tech is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Houghton. Michigan Tech also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Great Lakes Region rankings.

The average student at Michigan Tech graduates in less than 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $34,964. 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 Michigan Tech is $162,583. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Western Michigan University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Kalamazoo, WMU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at WMU to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,387. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the WMU is $100,305. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a fairly large student population. UIUC also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Great Lakes Region rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UIUC is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $32,679. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UIUC is $137,252. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Best Engineering Colleges by State

Explore the best engineering colleges for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 5,117
Ohio 6,157
Illinois 4,169
Indiana 3,747
Wisconsin 2,645

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 6,441
Electrical Engineering 2,992
Computer Engineering 2,270
Chemical Engineering 2,055
Civil Engineering 1,894

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Majors Similar to Engineering

Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 17,550
Computer & Information Sciences 12,414
Mathematics & Statistics 4,802
Physical Sciences 4,506
Engineering Technologies 4,359

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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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