Find Schools

Study Area & Zipcode

Best Value General Engineering Schools

Find Schools Near

2022 Best Value General Engineering Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

186 Colleges
$19,037 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$66,152 Avg Salary

Finding the Best General Engineering School for You

General Engineering is the #91 most popular major in the country with 11,925 degrees and certificates awarded in 2019-2020.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

The Best Value General Engineering Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 186 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value programs for engineering 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. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

Our calculations use out-of-state tuition and fees in our nationwide and regional rankings. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2022 Best Value General Engineering Schools in the United States

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

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality in General Engineering

Our analysis found Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City to be the best value school for general engineering students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the city of Kansas City, MCC is a public school with a fairly large student population.

MCC undergraduate students pay an average of $7,710 in tuition and fees each year.

Read More…

$8,845 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Tulsa Community College. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Value General Engineering Schools list. Tulsa Community College is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Tulsa.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Tulsa Community College are $8,845 a year. The average amount in student loans that engineering majors at Tulsa Community College take out is $13,052. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $135, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

Read full report on General Engineering at Tulsa Community College

The excellent programs at Arizona State University - Skysong helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best general engineering schools in the United States. Located in the large city of Scottsdale, ASU - Skysong is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at ASU - Skysong are $10,928 per year.

ASU - Skysong also claimed a spot on our Best General Engineering Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

Full General Engineering at Arizona State University - Skysong Report

#4

Great Bay Community College

Portsmouth, NH

Out of the 186 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Great Bay Community College landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the suburb of Portsmouth, Great Bay Community College is a public school with a small student population.

Great Bay Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $15,450 in tuition and fees each year.

Read More…

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend North Dakota State University - Main Campus. It ranked #5 on our 2022 Best Value General Engineering Schools list. North Dakota State University is a large public school located in the city of Fargo.

North Dakota State University undergraduate students pay an average of $14,336 in tuition and fees each year.

In addition to its great value ranking, North Dakota State University is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best General Engineering Schools list.

Read More…

With a ranking of #6, Wake Technical Community College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general engineering students. Located in the large suburb of Raleigh, Wake Technical Community College is a public school with a very large student population.

Wake Technical Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $0 in tuition and fees each year. Engineering majors at Wake Technical Community College take out an average of $12,884 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $134, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

Full General Engineering at Wake Technical Community College Report

Northern Virginia Community College landed the #7 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best value general engineering programs. Located in the suburb of Annandale, Northern Virginia Community College is a public school with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Northern Virginia Community College are $11,693 a year.

Northern Virginia Community College also claimed a spot on our Best General Engineering Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

Read More…

$9,903 Average Tuition & Fees

West Texas A&M University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Value General Engineering Schools ranking. West Texas A&M University is a large public school located in the town of Canyon.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at West Texas A&M University are $9,903 a year.

Read full report on General Engineering at West Texas A&M University

$25,090 Average Tuition & Fees

Oklahoma Christian University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general engineering students. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the city of Edmond, OC is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at OC are $25,090 per year.

Full General Engineering at Oklahoma Christian University Report

#10

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC
$8,285 Average Tuition & Fees

Western Carolina University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value General Engineering Schools list. Located in the distant town of Cullowhee, WCU is a public school with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at WCU are $8,285 a year.

Read full report on General Engineering at Western Carolina University

#11

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general engineering students. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Villanova are $57,460 a year.

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

Read full report on General Engineering at Villanova University

#12

Lake Superior State University

Sault Ste Marie, MI
$12,744 Average Tuition & Fees

Lake Superior State University landed the #12 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best value general engineering programs. Located in the town of Sault Ste Marie, Lake Superior State University is a public college with a small student population.

Lake Superior State University undergraduate students pay an average of $12,744 in tuition and fees each year.

Read More…

$16,807 Average Tuition & Fees

Louisiana Tech University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Value General Engineering Schools list. Located in the town of Ruston, Louisiana Tech is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Louisiana Tech are $16,807 a year.

Full General Engineering at Louisiana Tech University Report

$7,410 Average Tuition & Fees

Central New Mexico Community College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Value General Engineering Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Albuquerque, CNM is a public school with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at CNM are $7,410 a year. After completing their degree, engineering graduates from CNM carry an average student debtload of $6,212. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $64, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

Full General Engineering at Central New Mexico Community College Report

$14,223 Average Tuition & Fees

Purdue University Northwest did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general engineering students. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Hammond, Purdue Northwest is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Purdue Northwest are $14,223 per year.

Read More…

#16

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Northeastern University ranked #16 on this year’s Best Value General Engineering Schools list. Northeastern is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Northeastern are $55,452 per year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Northeastern is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best General Engineering Schools list.

Read full report on General Engineering at Northeastern University

$8,076 Average Tuition & Fees

Sinclair Community College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Value General Engineering Schools ranking. Located in the city of Dayton, Sinclair Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Sinclair Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $8,076 in tuition and fees each year. Engineering majors at Sinclair Community College take out an average of $11,648 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $121.

Read full report on General Engineering at Sinclair Community College

With a ranking of #18, University of Wisconsin - Platteville did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general engineering students. Located in the distant town of Platteville, UW - Platteville is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

UW - Platteville undergraduate students pay an average of $16,148 in tuition and fees each year.

UW - Platteville excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best General Engineering Schools list.

Read More…

#19

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

With a ranking of #19, San Jose State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general engineering students. Located in the large city of San Jose, San Jose State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at San Jose State are $19,732 a year.

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

Read full report on General Engineering at San Jose State University

With a ranking of #20, University of Wisconsin - Madison did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general engineering students. Located in the large city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UW - Madison are $38,630 per year.

In addition to its great value ranking, UW - Madison is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best General Engineering Schools list.

Full General Engineering at University of Wisconsin - Madison Report

Minnesota State University - Mankato did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general engineering students. It came in at #21 on the list. Located in the small city of Mankato, Minnesota State Mankato is a public school with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Minnesota State Mankato are $16,984 per year. After completing their degree, engineering graduates from Minnesota State Mankato carry an average student debtload of $14,367. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $149.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Minnesota State Mankato also did well on our Best General Engineering Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

Full General Engineering at Minnesota State University - Mankato Report

With a ranking of #22, Grand Valley State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general engineering students. Located in the large suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public school with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at GVSU are $0 a year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, GVSU also did well on our Best General Engineering Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

Full General Engineering at Grand Valley State University Report

$24,499 Average Tuition & Fees

University of New Mexico - Main Campus ranked #23 on this year’s Best Value General Engineering Schools list. Located in the city of Albuquerque, UNM is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UNM are $24,499 a year.

Full General Engineering at University of New Mexico - Main Campus Report

The University of Texas at Austin ranked #24 on this year’s Best Value General Engineering Schools list. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a fairly large student population.

UT Austin undergraduate students pay an average of $0 in tuition and fees each year.

In addition to its great value ranking, UT Austin is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best General Engineering Schools list.

Read full report on General Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin

#25

Lamar University

Beaumont, TX
$18,407 Average Tuition & Fees

Lamar University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Value General Engineering Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Beaumont, Lamar University is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Lamar University undergraduate students pay an average of $18,407 in tuition and fees each year.

Full General Engineering at Lamar University Report

Rest of the Top Best Value General Engineering Schools

#27

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, OH

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great value schools for General Engineering students seeking value that almost earned our Best Value General Engineering Schools award.

Rank College Location
28 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
29 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
30 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
31 South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, SD
32 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
33 Austin Community College District Austin, TX
34 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
35 Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, WI
36 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
37 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
37 McNeese State University Lake Charles, LA

General Engineering by Region

View the Best Value General Engineering Schools for a specific region near you.

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

One of 40 majors within the area of study, general engineering has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 47,598
Electrical Engineering 30,670
Civil Engineering 21,561
Computer Engineering 16,932
Chemical Engineering 13,610

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 Rémi Kaupp.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

Featured Schools

Find Schools Near You

Our free school finder matches students with accredited colleges across the U.S.