Engineering

2021 Best Value Colleges for Engineering in Texas

24 Colleges
10,120 Bachelor's Degrees
$28,210 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Engineering School for You

Best Value Colleges for Engineering in TexasOut of the majors we analyze each year, engineering was ranked 4th in Texas. In fact, 10,120 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 7.9% of all the engineering bachelor's degrees in the country.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Engineering in Texas ranking analyzed 24 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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 Texas

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

Top 10 Best Value Engineering Schools

#1

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. Texas Tech is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Lubbock. Texas Tech also made our Best Colleges for Engineering in Texas list, coming in at #4.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Texas Tech to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $23,296. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Texas Tech is $105,298. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#2

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. U of H is a very large public school located in the large city of Houston. U of H not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in Texas list.

At U of H, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and it costs about $25,217 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from U of H is $116,503. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. UTSA is a fairly large public school located in the city of San Antonio.

The average student at UTSA graduates in less than 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,313. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UTSA be around $95,471. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Texas A&M University - College Station earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of College Station, Texas A&M is a public school with a fairly large student population. Texas A&M also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Texas rankings.

It takes the average student at Texas A&M about 4.4 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $38,607. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Texas A&M is $168,327. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The University of Texas at Austin comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Austin. UT Austin not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in Texas list.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at UT Austin to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $36,312. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UT Austin is $156,142. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#6

Rice University

Houston, TX

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Rice University. Rice is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Houston. Rice also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Engineering in Texas rankings.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Rice is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $31,696. 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 Rice is $130,271. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value engineering schools. UT Permian Basin is a moderately-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Odessa.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at UT Permian Basin to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $15,603. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UT Permian Basin be around $71,462. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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West Texas A&M University earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. West Texas A&M University is a medium-sized public school located in the fringe town of Canyon.

At West Texas A&M University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $16,505. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M University is $72,952. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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#9

Midwestern State University

Wichita Falls, TX

Our rankings recognize Midwestern State University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. MSU is a moderately-sized public school located in the midsize city of Wichita Falls.

The average student at MSU graduates in less than 4.7 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $16,774. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from MSU is about $78,335. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley as the #10 school in this year's rankings. UT Rio Grande Valley is a fairly large public school located in the city of Edinburg.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at UT Rio Grande Valley to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,010. 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 UT Rio Grande Valley is $94,247. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Best Engineering Colleges in the Southwest Region

Explore all the Best Engineering Schools in the Southwest Area or other specific states within that region.

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

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 3,197
Electrical Engineering 1,634
Civil Engineering 1,140
Chemical Engineering 754
Computer Engineering 659

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Majors Similar to Engineering

Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 8,716
Computer & Information Sciences 5,088
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 2,500
Physical Sciences 2,029
Mathematics & Statistics 1,931

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 24 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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