Engineering

2021 Best Value Colleges for Engineering in Iowa

3 Colleges
2,208 Bachelor's Degrees
$29,760 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Engineering School for You

Best Value Colleges for Engineering in IowaIn 2018-2019, engineering students earned 2,208 bachelor's degrees from an Iowa school, making the subject the 2nd in the state. This means that of the 128,724 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 1.7% were from a college or university in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Engineering in Iowa ranking, we looked at 3 colleges that offer a bachelor's 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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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Engineering Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Value Engineering Schools in Iowa

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

Best Value Engineering Schools in Iowa

Iowa State University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Iowa State is a fairly large public school located in the city of Ames. Iowa State not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in Iowa list.

It takes the average student at Iowa State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,749. This means that the average student pays around $118,231 to get a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#2

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Iowa. Located in the city of Iowa City, Iowa is a public college with a fairly large student population. Iowa did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in Iowa list.

It takes the average student at Iowa about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $34,062. This means that the average student pays around $146,807 to get a bachelor’s degree from Iowa. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#3

Dordt College

Sioux Center, IA

Dordt College earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Sioux Center, Dordt is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Dordt not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #3 on our Best Colleges for Engineering in Iowa list.

The average student at Dordt graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,468. This means that the average student pays around $115,580 to get a bachelor’s degree from Dordt. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Best Engineering Colleges in the Plains States Region

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

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 2,090
Minnesota 1,652
Kansas 1,208
South Dakota 485
Nebraska 514
North Dakota 652

Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 600
Computer Engineering 273
Civil Engineering 232
Industrial Engineering 224
Chemical Engineering 196

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 1,425
Computer & Information Sciences 870
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 849
Mathematics & Statistics 466
Physical Sciences 395

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 3 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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