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2021 Best Value Civil Engineering Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

234 Colleges
$15,963 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$60,122 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Civil Engineering School for You

Civil Engineering is the #54 most popular major in the country with 21,938 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

The Best Value Civil Engineering Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 234 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value programs for civil eng students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

When determining this ranking, we place a high emphasis on the school's quality as well as its sticker price. Even though a college may be affordable, it may not offer value. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

Our calculations use out-of-state tuition and fees in our nationwide and regional rankings. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Civil Engineering Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Civil Engineering Colleges.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality in Civil Eng

$4,208 Average Tuition & Fees

Our analysis found Brigham Young University - Idaho to be the best value school for civil engineering students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. BYU - I is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Rexburg.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at BYU - I are $4,208 per year. While working on their degree, civil eng majors at BYU - I accumulate an average of around $25,291 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $262.

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$5,790 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Brigham Young University - Provo. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value Civil Engineering Schools list. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Provo.

BYU undergraduate students pay an average of $5,790 in tuition and fees each year.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means North Dakota State University - Main Campus is a great value for civil engineering students. Located in the medium-sized city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at North Dakota State University are $13,757 a year. The average amount in student loans that civil eng majors at North Dakota State University take out is $26,980. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, North Dakota State University also did well on our Best Civil Engineering Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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$11,265 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Civil Engineering Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Edwardsville, SIUE is a public school with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at SIUE are $11,265 a year. While working on their degree, civil eng majors at SIUE accumulate an average of around $21,500 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $223, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The excellent programs at South Dakota State University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best civil engineering schools in the United States. South Dakota State is a large public school located in the town of Brookings.

South Dakota State undergraduate students pay an average of $12,589 in tuition and fees each year.

In addition to its great value ranking, South Dakota State is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Civil Engineering Schools list.

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#6

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

University of North Dakota landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value civil engineering programs. UND is a large public school located in the small city of Grand Forks.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UND are $15,895 a year. Civil Eng majors at UND take out an average of $29,000 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $301.

In addition to its great value ranking, UND is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Civil Engineering Schools list.

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University of Wisconsin - Platteville landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value civil engineering programs. UW - Platteville is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Platteville.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UW - Platteville are $15,473 a year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, UW - Platteville also did well on our Best Civil Engineering Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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$6,152 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #8, University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez did quite well on this year’s best value schools for civil engineering students. UPR Mayaguez is a large public school located in the city of Mayaguez.

UPR Mayaguez undergraduate students pay an average of $6,152 in tuition and fees each year.

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With a ranking of #9, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology did quite well on this year’s best value schools for civil engineering students. SD Mines is a small public school located in the city of Rapid City.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at SD Mines are $15,080 a year.

In addition to its great value ranking, SD Mines is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Civil Engineering Schools list.

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#10

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, OH
$9,309 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #10, Youngstown State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for civil engineering students. Youngstown State University is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Youngstown.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Youngstown State University are $9,309 per year. The average amount in student loans that civil eng majors at Youngstown State University take out is $24,000. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $249.

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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Civil Engineering Schools ranking. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a very large public school located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo undergraduate students pay an average of $23,833 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that civil eng majors at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo take out is $19,717. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $217.

In addition to its great value ranking, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Civil Engineering Schools list.

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San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

San Jose State University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Civil Engineering Schools ranking. San Jose State is a fairly large public school located in the city of San Jose.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at San Jose State are $19,732 per year. After completing their degree, civil eng graduates from San Jose State carry an average student debtload of $19,714. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $218, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

In addition to its great value ranking, San Jose State is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Civil Engineering Schools list.

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$9,541 Average Tuition & Fees

West Texas A&M University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for civil engineering students. It came in at #13 on the list. West Texas A&M University is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Canyon.

West Texas A&M University undergraduate students pay an average of $9,541 in tuition and fees each year.

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Jackson State University

Jackson, MS
$9,445 Average Tuition & Fees

Jackson State University landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value civil engineering programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Jackson, Jackson State is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Jackson State are $9,445 a year. Civil Eng majors at Jackson State take out an average of $25,500 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $265.

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#15

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

With a ranking of #15, Texas Tech University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for civil engineering students. Texas Tech is a very large public school located in the large city of Lubbock.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Texas Tech are $19,260 a year.

Texas Tech also claimed a spot on our Best Civil Engineering Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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$19,686 Average Tuition & Fees

California State University - Chico landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value civil engineering programs. Located in the city of Chico, Chico State is a public school with a large student population.

Chico State undergraduate students pay an average of $19,686 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that civil eng majors at Chico State take out is $12,659. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $131.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value civil engineering programs. Minnesota State Mankato is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Mankato.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Minnesota State Mankato are $16,730 per year. Civil Eng majors at Minnesota State Mankato take out an average of $26,625 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $276, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

Minnesota State Mankato excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Civil Engineering Schools list.

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#18

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY
$14,803 Average Tuition & Fees

University of Wyoming came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Civil Engineering Schools ranking. Located in the town of Laramie, UW is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UW are $14,803 per year.

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#19

University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for civil engineering students. It came in at #19 on the list. Located in the large city of Houston, UH is a public school with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UH are $21,749 a year.

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$13,993 Average Tuition & Fees

Purdue University Northwest ranked #20 on this year’s Best Value Civil Engineering Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Hammond, Purdue Northwest is a public college with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Purdue Northwest are $13,993 a year.

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Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Civil Engineering Schools ranking. Penn State Harrisburg is a fairly small public school located in the large suburb of Middletown.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Penn State Harrisburg are $24,916 per year. While working on their degree, civil eng majors at Penn State Harrisburg accumulate an average of around $27,000 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $280.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Penn State Harrisburg also is in the top 20% of our Best Civil Engineering Schools ranking.

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University of Minnesota - Duluth did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for civil engineering students. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the small city of Duluth, UMN Duluth is a public school with a large student population.

UMN Duluth undergraduate students pay an average of $18,880 in tuition and fees each year. Civil Eng majors at UMN Duluth take out an average of $26,782 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $278.

UMN Duluth also claimed a spot on our Best Civil Engineering Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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$19,276 Average Tuition & Fees

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value civil engineering programs. Located in the suburb of Pomona, Cal Poly Pomona is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Cal Poly Pomona are $19,276 per year. Civil Eng majors at Cal Poly Pomona take out an average of $21,850 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $227, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#24

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA
$19,390 Average Tuition & Fees

San Diego State University landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value civil engineering programs. Located in the city of San Diego, SDSU is a public school with a very large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at SDSU are $19,390 per year. While working on their degree, civil eng majors at SDSU accumulate an average of around $19,286 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $200, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The University of Texas at Austin did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for civil engineering students. It came in at #25 on the list. UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Austin.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UT Austin are $38,326 a year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UT Austin also is in the top 5% of our Best Civil Engineering Schools ranking.

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Rest of the Top Best Value Civil Engineering Schools

#28

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Civil Engineering Schools award.

Rank College Location
36 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
37 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
38 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
38 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
40 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
41 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
42 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
42 Lawrence Technological University Southfield, MI
44 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
45 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
45 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA

Civil Engineering by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 38 majors within the area of study, civil engineering has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Civil Eng

Related Major Annual Graduates
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Electrical Engineering 31,384
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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 Master Sgt. Roger Parsons.

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