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2021 Best Value General Engineering Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

153 Colleges
$22,794 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$66,152 Avg Salary

Finding the Best General Engineering School for You

In 2018-2019, 11,739 people earned a degree or certificate in general engineering, making the major the #91 most popular in the United States.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. 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. Our analysis looked at 153 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best value experiences for engineering students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. 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.

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

2021 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 15% Best General Engineering Schools

Our 2021 rankings named Arizona State University - Skysong the best value school in the United States for general engineering students. Located in the large city of Scottsdale, ASU - Skysong is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at ASU - Skysong are $19,560 a year.

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$9,541 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend West Texas A&M University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value General Engineering Schools list. Located in the town of Canyon, West Texas A&M University is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at West Texas A&M University are $9,541 a year.

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Out of the 153 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Wisconsin - Platteville landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the town of Platteville, UW - Platteville is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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

UW - Platteville also claimed a spot on our Best General Engineering Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Minnesota State University - Mankato. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value General Engineering Schools list. Located in the small city of Mankato, Minnesota State Mankato is a public school with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Minnesota State Mankato are $16,730 a 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.

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

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#5

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Villanova University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Value General Engineering Schools list. Located in the suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Villanova are $55,280 per year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Villanova also did well on our Best General Engineering Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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$13,993 Average Tuition & Fees

Purdue University Northwest ranked #6 on this year’s Best Value General Engineering Schools list. Purdue Northwest is a large public school located in the large suburb of Hammond.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Purdue Northwest are $13,993 per year.

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University of Nebraska - Lincoln ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value General Engineering Schools list. UNL is a very large public school located in the large city of Lincoln.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UNL are $25,806 per year.

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

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$18,610 Average Tuition & Fees

Grand Valley State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general engineering students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

GVSU undergraduate students pay an average of $18,610 in tuition and fees each year.

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With a ranking of #8, The University of Texas at Austin did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general engineering students. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public school with a very large student population.

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

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$22,406 Average Tuition & Fees

Ohio University - Athens Campus ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value General Engineering Schools list. Located in the town of Athens, OHIO Athens is a public college with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at OHIO Athens are $22,406 a year. While working on their degree, engineering majors at OHIO Athens accumulate an average of around $32,067 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $374, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#11

McNeese State University

Lake Charles, LA
$16,140 Average Tuition & Fees

McNeese State University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Value General Engineering Schools list. McNeese is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Lake Charles.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at McNeese are $16,140 per year. The average amount in student loans that engineering majors at McNeese take out is $18,683. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $194.

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#12

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, OH
$9,309 Average Tuition & Fees

Youngstown State University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Value General Engineering Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Youngstown, Youngstown State University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Youngstown State University undergraduate students pay an average of $9,309 in tuition and fees each year.

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#13

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI
$23,331 Average Tuition & Fees

Central Michigan University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Value General Engineering Schools ranking. Central Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the town of Mount Pleasant.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Central Michigan are $23,331 a year.

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South Dakota State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general engineering students. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public school with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at South Dakota State are $12,589 per year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, South Dakota State also is in the top 15% of our Best General Engineering Schools ranking.

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Jackson State University

Jackson, MS
$9,445 Average Tuition & Fees

Jackson State University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Value General Engineering Schools ranking. Jackson State is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Jackson.

Jackson State undergraduate students pay an average of $9,445 in tuition and fees each year.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value general engineering programs. Located in the city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public college with a very large student population.

UW - Madison undergraduate students pay an average of $37,785 in tuition and fees each year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, UW - Madison also did well on our Best General Engineering Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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South Dakota School of Mines and Technology came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Value General Engineering Schools ranking. Located in the city of Rapid City, SD Mines is a public school with a small student population.

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 General Engineering Schools list.

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San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

San Jose State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for general engineering students. It came in at #18 on the list. Located in the large city of San Jose, San Jose State is a public college with a very large student population.

San Jose State undergraduate students pay an average of $19,732 in tuition and fees each year.

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

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Rowan University

Glassboro, NJ

Rowan University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Value General Engineering Schools ranking. Rowan is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Glassboro.

Rowan undergraduate students pay an average of $22,832 in tuition and fees each year.

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

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Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO

Saint Louis University ranked #20 on this year’s Best Value General Engineering Schools list. SLU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Louis.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at SLU are $45,424 a year.

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

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University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

University of North Dakota ranked #20 on this year’s Best Value General Engineering Schools list. Located in the small city of Grand Forks, UND is a public college with a large student population.

UND undergraduate students pay an average of $15,895 in tuition and fees each year.

UND also claimed a spot on our Best General Engineering Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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$20,400 Average Tuition & Fees

University of Alabama at Birmingham ranked #22 on this year’s Best Value General Engineering Schools list. UAB is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Birmingham.

UAB undergraduate students pay an average of $20,400 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their degree, engineering majors at UAB accumulate an average of around $34,166 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $398.

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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
23 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
24 Prairie View A & M University Prairie View, TX
25 Oklahoma Christian University Edmond, OK
25 Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA
27 University of Georgia Athens, GA
28 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
29 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach Daytona Beach, FL
30 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA

General Engineering by Region

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

General Engineering is one of 38 different types of programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Engineering

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 47,405
Electrical Engineering 31,384
Civil Engineering 21,938
Computer Engineering 15,891
Chemical Engineering 14,406

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 26 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.

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