Engineering

2021 Best Value Colleges for Engineering in the Middle Atlantic Region

52 Colleges
20,177 Bachelor's Degrees
$34,257 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Engineering School for You

Best Value Colleges for Engineering in the Middle Atlantic 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, 20,177 went to undergraduates in the Middle Atlantic region of the United States.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Engineering in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking analyzed 52 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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Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Value Engineering Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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2021 Best Value Engineering Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region

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

Top 10 Best Value Engineering Schools

#1

SUNY Maritime College

Throggs Neck, NY

SUNY Maritime College comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Throggs Neck, SUNY Maritime is a public college with a small student population.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at SUNY Maritime to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,770. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Maritime is about $118,591. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#2

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA

Our rankings recognize Elizabethtown College as the #2 school in this year's rankings. E - town is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Elizabethtown.

At E - town, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $17,380. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the E - town is $70,910. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#3

Alfred University

Alfred, NY

Alfred University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. Alfred is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Alfred.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at Alfred to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,680. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Alfred is $114,457. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#4

Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY

Clarkson University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Clarkson is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Potsdam. Clarkson not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Middle Atlantic Region list.

It takes the average student at Clarkson about 4.2 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $38,814. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Clarkson is about $164,571. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#5

Geneva College

Beaver Falls, PA

Geneva College landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. Geneva is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Beaver Falls.

It takes the average student at Geneva about 4.1 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,239. 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 Geneva is $107,842. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#6

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

Our rankings recognize University at Buffalo as the #6 school in this year's rankings. University at Buffalo is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Buffalo.

The average student at University at Buffalo graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $32,466. This means that the average student pays around $137,331 to get a bachelor’s degree from University at Buffalo. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Rutgers University - New Brunswick. Rutgers New Brunswick is a fairly large public school located in the city of New Brunswick.

It takes the average student at Rutgers New Brunswick about 4.3 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $33,258. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Rutgers New Brunswick is $142,344. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#8

Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, PA

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Messiah University. Located in the suburb of Mechanicsburg, Messiah is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Messiah to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $31,960. 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 Messiah is $129,758. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Pitt is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average student at Pitt graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $34,417. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Pitt is about $145,584. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#10

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Delaware. Located in the suburb of Newark, U of Delaware is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes the average student at U of Delaware about 4.2 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $38,841. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the U of Delaware is $161,190. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Best Engineering Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Pennsylvania 6,878
New York 7,376
New Jersey 2,697
Maryland 2,298
Delaware 514
District of Columbia 414

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 5,577
Electrical Engineering 2,923
Civil Engineering 2,214
Chemical Engineering 2,116
Biomedical Engineering 1,661

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 20,578
Computer & Information Sciences 20,565
Mathematics & Statistics 6,007
Physical Sciences 5,945
Engineering Technologies 3,187

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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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