Engineering

2021 Best Value Colleges for Engineering in Virginia

8 Colleges
3,378 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,721 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Engineering School for You

Best Value Colleges for Engineering in VirginiaEngineering is one of the most popular subjects to study in Virginia. With 3,378 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, it ranked 6th out of all the majors we track in the state. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 2.6% of all the engineering bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Engineering in Virginia ranking analyzed 8 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in engineering. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. For this ranking, we are identifying those engineering schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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2021 Best Value Engineering Schools in Virginia

Check out the engineering programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Best Value Engineering Schools in Virginia

#1

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Virginia Tech. Located in the small city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public college with a fairly large student population. Virginia Tech also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Virginia rankings.

At Virginia Tech, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $33,298. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech is $142,182. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Virginia - Main Campus. Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a very large student population. University of Virginia also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Virginia rankings.

It takes the average student at University of Virginia about 4.1 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $41,266. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from University of Virginia is $167,540. 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 Virginia Military Institute as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Lexington, VMI is a public college with a small student population. VMI did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in Virginia list.

At VMI, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $39,586. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the VMI is $167,053. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#4

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Lynchburg, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. Liberty University also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in Virginia list, coming in at #8.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Liberty University is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,839. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Liberty University is $119,970. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#5

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

Our rankings recognize George Mason University as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at GMU, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Virginia ranking.

The average student at GMU graduates in less than 4.4 years, and it costs about $39,365 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $172,812 to get a bachelor’s degree from GMU. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#6

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

Our rankings recognize James Madison University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. JMU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Harrisonburg. JMU also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Virginia rankings.

It takes the average student at JMU about 4.3 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $33,972. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from JMU be around $146,419. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#7

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA

Old Dominion University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. Located in the medium-sized city of Norfolk, Old Dominion is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Old Dominion has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Virginia ranking.

The average student at Old Dominion graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $33,793. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion is about $154,772. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Virginia Commonwealth University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Richmond, VCU is a public school with a very large student population. VCU also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in Virginia list, coming in at #6.

At VCU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $37,651. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from VCU be around $165,664. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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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
Georgia 3,528
North Carolina 2,926
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 792
Civil Engineering 461
Electrical Engineering 456
Computer Engineering 365
Industrial Engineering 202

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 3,561
Computer & Information Sciences 3,198
Physical Sciences 1,070
Mathematics & Statistics 902
Natural Resources & Conservation 539

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 8 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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