Engineering

2021 Best Value Colleges for Engineering in Rhode Island

3 Colleges
556 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,304 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Engineering School for You

Best Value Colleges for Engineering in Rhode IslandEngineering is one of the most popular subjects to study in Rhode Island. With 556 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 7th out of all the majors we track in the state. This means that of the 128,724 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 0.4% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Engineering in Rhode Island ranking analyzed 3 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.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

2021 Best Value Engineering Schools in Rhode Island

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

Best Value Engineering Schools in Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Kingston, URI is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at URI, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Rhode Island ranking.

At URI, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $35,346. 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 URI is $152,695. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Providence. Brown also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Rhode Island rankings.

At Brown, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $34,838. This means that the average student pays around $144,229 to get a bachelor’s degree from Brown. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Roger Williams University. Located in the suburb of Bristol, RWU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. RWU also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in Rhode Island list, coming in at #3.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at RWU to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $38,729. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from RWU is about $159,176. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Best Engineering Colleges in the New England Region

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State Degrees Awarded
Vermont 272
Maine 373
Massachusetts 4,807
New Hampshire 473
Connecticut 1,451

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 146
General Engineering 90
Biomedical Engineering 70
Civil Engineering 48
Chemical Engineering 40

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 693
Computer & Information Sciences 474
Mathematics & Statistics 307
Architecture & Related Services 149
Natural Resources & Conservation 148

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 3 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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