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2021 Best Value Mechanical Engineering Schools in the Southeast Region

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

56 Colleges
$22,480 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$62,291 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Mechanical Engineering School for You

Out of all the majors we analyze each year, mechanical engineering was ranked #25 in the country. In fact 47,405 degrees and certificates were handed out in 2018-2019.

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.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Value Mechanical Engineering Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. Our analysis looked at 56 schools in the Southeast Region to see which programs offered the best value experiences for ME students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

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.

2021 Best Value Mechanical Engineering Schools in the Southeast Region

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

Top 10 Best Mechanical Engineering Schools

Our 2021 rankings named Louisiana Tech University the best value school in the Southeast Region for mechanical engineering students. Located in the distant town of Ruston, Louisiana Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Louisiana Tech undergraduate students pay an average of $16,356 in tuition and fees each year. After completing their degree, ME graduates from Louisiana Tech carry an average student debtload of $18,607. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $193.

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Out of the 56 schools in the Southeast Region that were part of this year’s ranking, West Virginia University Institute of Technology landed the # 2 spot on the list. West Virginia University Tech is a small public school located in the city of Beckley.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at West Virginia University Tech are $18,912 a year.

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#3

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA

Out of the 56 schools in the Southeast Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Georgia Southern University landed the # 3 spot on the list. GaSou is a very large public school located in the distant town of Statesboro.

GaSou undergraduate students pay an average of $17,517 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their degree, ME majors at GaSou accumulate an average of around $24,125 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 $250.

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#4

Mercer University

Macon, GA

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Mercer University is a great value for mechanical engineering students. Mercer is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Macon.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Mercer are $25,828 a year.

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#5

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Out of the 56 schools in the Southeast Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Georgia landed the # 5 spot on the list. UGA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Athens.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UGA are $31,120 a year. While working on their degree, ME majors at UGA accumulate an average of around $20,750 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $215, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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

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#6

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

Mississippi State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for mechanical engineering students. It came in at #6 on the list. Mississippi State is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of Mississippi State.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Mississippi State are $23,950 per year. After completing their degree, ME graduates from Mississippi State carry an average student debtload of $22,975. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $238, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

University of New Orleans

New Orleans, LA
$13,908 Average Tuition & Fees

University of New Orleans ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value Mechanical Engineering Schools in the Southeast Region list. Located in the city of New Orleans, UNO is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UNO are $13,908 a year. The average amount in student loans that ME majors at UNO take out is $23,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $239, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #8, Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best value schools for mechanical engineering students. Georgia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Atlanta.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Georgia Tech are $33,794 a year. While working on their degree, ME majors at Georgia Tech accumulate an average of around $25,764 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $286, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

Georgia Tech did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Mechanical Engineering Schools in the Southeast Region list.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value mechanical engineering programs. Located in the large city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at USF Tampa are $17,324 a year. ME majors at USF Tampa take out an average of $21,000 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $218.

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

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#9

University of Memphis

Memphis, TN
$13,752 Average Tuition & Fees

University of Memphis came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Mechanical Engineering Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. UofM is a very large public school located in the city of Memphis.

UofM undergraduate students pay an average of $13,752 in tuition and fees each year.

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Best Mechanical Engineering Colleges by State

Explore the best mechanical engineering schools for a specific state in the Southeast region.

State Degrees Awarded
Georgia 1,390
Florida 2,162
Virginia 868
North Carolina 811
Tennessee 630
South Carolina 605
Kentucky 421
Louisiana 464
Alabama 951
Arkansas 298
Mississippi 267
West Virginia 289

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Electrical Engineering 31,384
Civil Engineering 21,938
Computer Engineering 15,891
Chemical Engineering 14,406
Biomedical Engineering 12,001

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 Michel Villeneuve.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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