Engineering

2021 Best Value Colleges for Engineering in North Carolina

6 Colleges
2,926 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,608 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Engineering School for You

Best Value Colleges for Engineering in North CarolinaOut of the majors we analyze each year, engineering was ranked 7th in North Carolina. In fact, 2,926 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that 2.3% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Engineering in North Carolina ranking analyzed 6 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 North Carolina

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

Best Value Engineering Schools in North Carolina

North Carolina State University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. NC State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Raleigh. NC State did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in North Carolina list.

At NC State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $28,493. This means that the average student pays around $124,799 to get a bachelor’s degree from NC State. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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North Carolina A & T State University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. NC A&T is a large public school located in the large city of Greensboro. NC A&T did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in North Carolina list.

At NC A&T, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and it costs about $20,630 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the NC A&T is $95,723. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. UNC Charlotte is a very large public school located in the large city of Charlotte. In addition to being on our best value list, UNC Charlotte has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in North Carolina ranking.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UNC Charlotte to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,314. This means that the average student pays around $123,732 to get a bachelor’s degree from UNC Charlotte. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

East Carolina University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Greenville, ECU is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at ECU, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in North Carolina ranking.

The average student at ECU graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,107. 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 ECU is $115,915. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of North Carolina at Asheville landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. UNCA is a small public school located in the small city of Asheville. UNCA did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in North Carolina list.

It takes the average student at UNCA about 4.3 years to graduate, and it costs about $25,634 per year to attend the school. 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 UNCA is $110,739. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Duke University

Durham, NC

Duke University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Duke is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham. In addition to being on our best value list, Duke has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in North Carolina ranking.

At Duke, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $31,472. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Duke is $129,035. 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
Alabama 2,794
Tennessee 1,750
West Virginia 928
South Carolina 1,641
Louisiana 1,842
Kentucky 1,081
Arkansas 816

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 586
Biomedical Engineering 352
Computer Engineering 327
Electrical Engineering 300
Civil Engineering 296

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 4,042
Computer & Information Sciences 2,606
Physical Sciences 1,179
Mathematics & Statistics 1,032
Natural Resources & Conservation 857

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 6 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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