Engineering

2021 Best Value Colleges for Engineering in Ohio

17 Colleges
6,157 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,390 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Engineering School for You

Best Value Colleges for Engineering in OhioEngineering is one of the most popular subjects to study in Ohio. With 6,157 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 3rd out of all the majors we track in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 4.8% of all the engineering bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Engineering in Ohio ranking analyzed 17 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.

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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 Ohio

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

Top 10 Best Value Engineering Schools

#1

Marietta College

Marietta, OH

Marietta College earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the fringe town of Marietta, Marietta is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Marietta did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in Ohio list.

It takes the average student at Marietta about 4.4 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $25,077. 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 Marietta is $110,339. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Ohio Northern University. ONU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Ada. ONU also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Ohio rankings.

It takes the average student at ONU about 4.2 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,759. 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 ONU is $117,421. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize Ohio State University - Main Campus as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Ohio State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Columbus. Ohio State also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in Ohio list, coming in at #1.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Ohio State is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $34,273. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State is $148,402. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#4

Cedarville University

Cedarville, OH

Cedarville University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. Cedarville is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Cedarville. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Cedarville, the school also landed the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Ohio ranking.

At Cedarville, 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 $26,930. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Cedarville is $112,567. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of Cincinnati - Main Campus earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Cincinnati is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Cincinnati. Cincinnati did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in Ohio list.

It takes the average student at Cincinnati about 4.6 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $31,678. 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 Cincinnati is $144,135. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#6

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, OH

Our rankings recognize Youngstown State University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Youngstown State University is a large public school located in the city of Youngstown.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Youngstown State University is 4.9 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $16,447. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University be around $79,768. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#7

Cleveland State University

Cleveland, OH

Our rankings recognize Cleveland State University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Cleveland, Cleveland State University is a public school with a large student population.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at Cleveland State University to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,655. This means that the average student pays around $108,103 to get a bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#8

University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

University of Dayton earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Dayton, U of Dayton is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. U of Dayton not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in Ohio list.

It takes the average student at U of Dayton about 4.3 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $38,444. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of Dayton is about $163,771. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Case Western Reserve University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Cleveland, Case Western is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Case Western has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Ohio ranking.

The average student at Case Western graduates in less than 4.3 years, and it costs about $40,409 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Case Western be around $172,142. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#10

University of Toledo

Toledo, OH

University of Toledo earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. University of Toledo is a large public school located in the city of Toledo.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at University of Toledo to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,458. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from University of Toledo be around $121,178. 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 Schools in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

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

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 1,781
Electrical Engineering 832
Chemical Engineering 823
Computer Engineering 700
Civil Engineering 532

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 4,257
Computer & Information Sciences 2,010
Physical Sciences 1,155
Mathematics & Statistics 900
Engineering Technologies 882

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 17 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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