Engineering

2021 Best Value Colleges for Engineering in Indiana

8 Colleges
3,759 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,092 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Engineering School for You

Best Value Colleges for Engineering in IndianaOut of the majors we analyze each year, engineering was ranked 3rd in Indiana. In fact, 3,759 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that of the 128,724 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 2.9% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Engineering in Indiana ranking looked at 8 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. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

More Ways to Rank Engineering Schools

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Value Engineering Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Value Engineering Schools in Indiana

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

Best Value Engineering Schools in Indiana

#1

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Purdue University - Main Campus. Purdue is a very large public school located in the small city of West Lafayette. Purdue also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Indiana rankings.

It takes the average student at Purdue about 4.4 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,495. This means that the average student pays around $124,238 to get a bachelor’s degree from Purdue. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#2

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, IN

Valparaiso University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. Located in the suburb of Valparaiso, Valpo is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Valpo also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in Indiana list, coming in at #5.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Valpo to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $29,768. This means that the average student pays around $122,644 to get a bachelor’s degree from Valpo. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#3

Trine University

Angola, IN

Trine University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Angola, Trine is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Trine has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Indiana ranking.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Trine to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,161. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Trine be around $111,446. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Terre Haute. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology, the school also landed the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Indiana ranking.

The average student at Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $47,910. 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 Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is $201,222. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Southern Indiana landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. Located in the suburb of Evansville, USI is a public school with a fairly large student population. USI also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in Indiana list, coming in at #7.

At USI, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,786. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from USI be around $102,765. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#6

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Notre Dame. Notre Dame also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in Indiana list, coming in at #3.

The average student at Notre Dame graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $36,517. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame is about $148,259. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Purdue University Northwest earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Hammond, Purdue Northwest is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Purdue Northwest has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Indiana ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Purdue Northwest is 4.8 years, and it costs about $21,802 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Purdue Northwest is $103,996. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis as the #8 school in this year's rankings. IUPUI is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Indianapolis. IUPUI also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Indiana rankings.

The average student at IUPUI graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,293. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from IUPUI is about $126,094. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Best Engineering Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Engineering Colleges in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

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

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 1,073
Electrical Engineering 515
Computer Engineering 394
Chemical Engineering 336
Civil Engineering 336

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer & Information Sciences 2,654
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 2,329
Engineering Technologies 1,428
Mathematics & Statistics 852
Physical Sciences 739

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 8 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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