Engineering

2021 Best Value Colleges for Engineering in the Southwest Region

37 Colleges
15,674 Bachelor's Degrees
$27,060 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Engineering School for You

Best Value Colleges for Engineering in the Southwest RegionWith 128,724 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, engineering is the #4 most popular major in the United States. Of those degrees, 15,674 went to students in the Southwest region of the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Engineering in the Southwest Region ranking looked at 37 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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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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.

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2021 Best Value Engineering Schools in the Southwest Region

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

Top 10 Best Value Engineering Schools

Our rankings recognize New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the remote town of Socorro, New Mexico Tech is a public college with a small student population. New Mexico Tech not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #2 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Southwest Region list.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at New Mexico Tech to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,170. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico Tech is $128,242. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#2

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. Located in the large city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public school with a very large student population. Texas Tech not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Southwest Region list.

It takes the average student at Texas Tech about 4.5 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $23,296. 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 Texas Tech is $105,298. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize Oklahoma State University - Main Campus as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Stillwater, Oklahoma State is a public school with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Oklahoma State, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Southwest Region ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Oklahoma State is 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,971. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State be around $119,212. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#4

University of Houston

Houston, TX

Our rankings recognize University of Houston as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Houston, U of H is a public college with a fairly large student population.

It takes the average student at U of H about 4.6 years to graduate, and it costs about $25,217 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the U of H is $116,503. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#5

University of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK

University of Tulsa comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Tulsa, University of Tulsa is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. University of Tulsa also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Southwest Region rankings.

At University of Tulsa, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $30,647. This means that the average student pays around $130,863 to get a bachelor’s degree from University of Tulsa. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize University of Oklahoma Norman Campus as the #6 school in this year's rankings. University of Oklahoma is a very large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Norman. University of Oklahoma also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Southwest Region rankings.

At University of Oklahoma, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,331. 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 University of Oklahoma is $134,973. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Arizona State University - Tempe comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, ASU - Tempe has also earned the #8 rank in our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Southwest Region ranking.

It takes the average student at ASU - Tempe about 4.3 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $32,198. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from ASU - Tempe is $138,451. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Texas at San Antonio. Located in the city of San Antonio, UTSA is a public school with a fairly large student population.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at UTSA to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,313. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UTSA is $95,471. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Texas A&M University - College Station comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Texas A&M is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of College Station. Texas A&M did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Southwest Region list.

The average student at Texas A&M graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $38,607. This means that the average student pays around $168,327 to get a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize The University of Texas at Austin as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a fairly large student population. UT Austin also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in the Southwest Region list, coming in at #4.

It takes the average student at UT Austin about 4.3 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $36,312. This means that the average student pays around $156,142 to get a bachelor’s degree from UT Austin. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Best Engineering Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Arizona 3,055
Texas 10,120
Oklahoma 1,695
New Mexico 804

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 4,765
Electrical Engineering 2,435
Civil Engineering 1,591
Chemical Engineering 1,361
Computer Engineering 1,024

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 13,102
Computer & Information Sciences 8,301
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 3,370
Physical Sciences 2,984
Mathematics & Statistics 2,598

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 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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