Engineering

2021 Best Value Colleges for Engineering in Michigan

14 Colleges
5,117 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,360 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Engineering School for You

Best Value Colleges for Engineering in MichiganIn 2018-2019, engineering students earned 5,117 bachelor's degrees from a Michigan school, making the subject the 3rd in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 4.0% of all the engineering bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Engineering in Michigan ranking looked at 14 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.

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 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 Michigan

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

Top 10 Best Value Engineering Schools

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Michigan Technological University. Michigan Tech is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Houghton. Michigan Tech not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in Michigan list.

The average student at Michigan Tech graduates in less than 4.7 years, and it costs about $34,964 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Michigan Tech be around $162,583. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Western Michigan University. Located in the small city of Kalamazoo, WMU is a public college with a very large student population. WMU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in Michigan list.

At WMU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $21,387. This means that the average student pays around $100,305 to get a bachelor’s degree from WMU. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Grand Valley State University. Located in the large suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average student at GVSU graduates in less than 4.5 years, and it costs about $23,233 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from GVSU is $105,245. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#4

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

Our rankings recognize Ferris State University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Ferris is a fairly large public school located in the town of Big Rapids.

The average student at Ferris graduates in less than 4.6 years, and it costs about $15,909 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $73,022 to get a bachelor’s degree from Ferris. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Calvin University

Grand Rapids, MI

Calvin University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Calvin is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Grand Rapids. Calvin did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in Michigan list.

At Calvin, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $32,672. 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 Calvin is $137,876. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Kettering University

Flint, MI

Our rankings recognize Kettering University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Kettering is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Flint. In addition to being on our best value list, Kettering has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Michigan ranking.

It takes about 5.1 years for the average student at Kettering to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $35,846. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Kettering is $182,815. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Lawrence Technological University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Lawrence Tech is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Southfield. Lawrence Tech not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in Michigan list.

The average student at Lawrence Tech graduates in less than 4.7 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $37,344. This means that the average student pays around $177,011 to get a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence Tech. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Hope College

Holland, MI

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Hope College. Hope is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Holland.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Hope to complete their degree, and it costs about $33,418 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Hope is $137,682. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor. U of Michigan did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in Michigan list.

At U of Michigan, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $42,233. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the U of Michigan is $175,689. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Oakland University. Located in the suburb of Rochester Hills, Oakland is a public school with a large student population.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at Oakland to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,642. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Oakland be around $128,812. 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
Ohio 6,157
Illinois 4,169
Indiana 3,747
Wisconsin 2,645

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 1,878
Electrical Engineering 735
Chemical Engineering 454
Computer Engineering 382
General Engineering 322

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Majors Similar to Engineering

Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 4,050
Computer & Information Sciences 2,732
Engineering Technologies 1,050
Physical Sciences 825
Mathematics & Statistics 805

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 14 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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