Engineering

2021 Best Value Colleges for Engineering in Alabama

7 Colleges
2,794 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,438 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Engineering School for You

Best Value Colleges for Engineering in AlabamaOut of the majors we analyze each year, engineering was ranked 3rd in Alabama. In fact, 2,794 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 2.2% of all the engineering bachelor's degrees in the country.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Engineering in Alabama ranking, we looked at 7 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.

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2021 Best Value Engineering Schools in Alabama

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

Best Value Engineering Schools in Alabama

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of South Alabama. Located in the city of Mobile, USA is a public college with a large student population. USA not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in Alabama list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at USA is 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,523. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from USA is about $99,867. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize University of Alabama at Birmingham as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Birmingham, UAB is a public college with a very large student population. UAB not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in Alabama list.

At UAB, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,867. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UAB be around $125,680. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

The University of Alabama landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. UA is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Tuscaloosa. UA also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in Alabama list, coming in at #2.

At UA, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $32,292. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UA is $140,470. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Alabama in Huntsville. UAH is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Huntsville. UAH not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in Alabama list.

It takes the average student at UAH about 4.7 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,464. This means that the average student pays around $134,065 to get a bachelor’s degree from UAH. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Auburn University

Auburn, AL

Auburn University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Auburn, Auburn is a public school with a fairly large student population. Auburn also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Alabama rankings.

It takes the average student at Auburn about 4.4 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $38,983. This means that the average student pays around $171,915 to get a bachelor’s degree from Auburn. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize Alabama A & M University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. AAMU is a medium-sized public school located in the midsize city of Normal. As a testament to the quality of education offered at AAMU, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Alabama ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at AAMU is 5.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,533. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from AAMU is $110,034. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Tuskegee University

Tuskegee, AL

Our rankings recognize Tuskegee University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Tuskegee is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Tuskegee. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Tuskegee, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Alabama ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Tuskegee is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $35,403. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Tuskegee is $149,755. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Best Engineering Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Engineering Colleges in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 958
Florida 5,865
Virginia 3,378
Georgia 3,528
West Virginia 928
Tennessee 1,750
North Carolina 2,926
South Carolina 1,641
Louisiana 1,842
Kentucky 1,081
Arkansas 816

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 847
Chemical Engineering 389
Civil Engineering 362
Electrical Engineering 355
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 214

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Majors Similar to Engineering

Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 1,964
Computer & Information Sciences 942
Engineering Technologies 784
Physical Sciences 479
Mathematics & Statistics 418

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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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