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2021 Best Value Mechanical Engineering Schools in Virginia

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

7 Colleges
$14,957 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$60,133 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Mechanical Engineering School for You

Mechanical Engineering is the #46 most popular major in Virginia with 868 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. 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.

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 Virginia ranking. Our analysis looked at 7 schools in Virginia 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.

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 Mechanical Engineering Schools in Virginia

The colleges and universities below are the best value schools for ME majors pursuing a .

Best Virginia Schools for Affordable Quality in ME

#1

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
$13,691 Average Tuition & Fees

Our analysis found Virginia Tech to be the best value school for mechanical engineering students who want to pursue a degree in Virginia. Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Blacksburg.

In-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Virginia Tech are $13,691 per year.

Virginia Tech also made our Best Mechanical Engineering Schools in Virginia list, coming in at #2.

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$17,935 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Virginia - Main Campus. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Value Mechanical Engineering Schools in Virginia list. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.

In-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at University of Virginia are $17,935 per year.

University of Virginia did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Mechanical Engineering Schools in Virginia list.

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#3

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA
$10,680 Average Tuition & Fees

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Old Dominion University is a great value for mechanical engineering students. Old Dominion is a very large public school located in the city of Norfolk.

The average tuition and fees for an in-state undergraduate at Old Dominion are $10,680 a year.

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#4

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
$12,564 Average Tuition & Fees

Out of the 7 schools in Virginia that were part of this year’s ranking, George Mason University landed the # 4 spot on the list. GMU is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Fairfax.

GMU undergraduate students pay an average of $12,564 in in-state tuition and fees each year.

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$14,596 Average Tuition & Fees

Out of the 7 schools in Virginia that were part of this year’s ranking, Virginia Commonwealth University landed the # 5 spot on the list. VCU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Richmond.

In-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at VCU are $14,596 per year.

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#6

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA
$16,118 Average Tuition & Fees

Liberty University landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value mechanical engineering programs. Liberty University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Lynchburg.

The average tuition and fees for an in-state undergraduate at Liberty University are $16,118 a year.

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$19,118 Average Tuition & Fees

Virginia Military Institute landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value mechanical engineering programs. VMI is a small public school located in the distant town of Lexington.

VMI undergraduate students pay an average of $19,118 in in-state tuition and fees each year.

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Best Value Mechanical Engineering Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Value Mechanical Engineering Schools in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Georgia 1,390
Florida 2,162
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 7 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.

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