Engineering

2021 Best Value Colleges for Engineering in Colorado

7 Colleges
3,076 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,572 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Engineering School for You

Best Value Colleges for Engineering in ColoradoIn 2018-2019, engineering students earned 3,076 bachelor's degrees from a Colorado school, making the subject the 3rd in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 2.4% of all the engineering bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Engineering in Colorado ranking looked at 7 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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.

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 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 Colorado

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

Best Value Engineering Schools in Colorado

Colorado School of Mines earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Golden, Mines is a public school with a medium-sized student population. Mines did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in Colorado list.

It takes the average student at Mines about 4.3 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $43,109. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Mines is about $185,369. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Colorado State University - Fort Collins. Located in the medium-sized city of Fort Collins, Colorado State is a public college with a fairly large student population. Colorado State also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in Colorado list, coming in at #3.

At Colorado State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and it costs about $32,008 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State is about $141,155. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Our rankings recognize University of Colorado Boulder as the #3 school in this year's rankings. CU - Boulder is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Boulder. CU - Boulder also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in Colorado list, coming in at #2.

At CU - Boulder, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $39,951. This means that the average student pays around $175,385 to get a bachelor’s degree from CU - Boulder. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Colorado State University - Pueblo comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of Pueblo, Colorado State University - Pueblo is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. Colorado State University - Pueblo also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Colorado rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Colorado State University - Pueblo is 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,240. This means that the average student pays around $124,214 to get a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University - Pueblo. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus as the #5 school in this year's rankings. CU Anschutz is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Denver. CU Anschutz also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in Colorado list, coming in at #5.

It takes the average student at CU Anschutz about 4.7 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $35,228. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from CU Anschutz be around $163,810. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of Colorado at Colorado Springs earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Colorado Springs, UCCS is a public school with a fairly large student population. UCCS also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in Colorado list, coming in at #6.

It takes the average student at UCCS about 4.6 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $31,044. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UCCS is $141,871. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of Denver

Denver, CO

Our rankings recognize University of Denver as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Denver, U of Denver is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, U of Denver has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Colorado ranking.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at U of Denver to complete their degree, and it costs about $40,425 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the U of Denver is $167,360. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Best Engineering Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region

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State Degrees Awarded
Idaho 782
Utah 1,402
Montana 802
Wyoming 308

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 1,065
Electrical Engineering 283
Civil Engineering 269
Chemical Engineering 237
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 187

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 2,873
Computer & Information Sciences 1,972
Physical Sciences 655
Mathematics & Statistics 541
Natural Resources & Conservation 519

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 7 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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