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2021 Best Value Polymer & Plastics Engineering Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

10 Colleges
$33,102 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$65,100 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Polymer & Plastics Engineering School for You

In 2018-2019, 387 people earned a degree or certificate in polymer and plastics engineering, making the major the #305 most popular in the United States.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Value Polymer & Plastics Engineering Schools ranking. This report analyzed 10 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value programs for polymer 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. 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 Polymer & Plastics Engineering Schools in the United States

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

Top 10 Best Polymer & Plastics Engineering Schools

Our 2021 rankings named University of Wisconsin - Stout the best value school in the United States for polymer and plastics engineering students. Located in the distant town of Menomonie, UW - Stout is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UW - Stout are $17,430 a year.

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

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$17,765 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Akron Main Campus. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Value Polymer & Plastics Engineering Schools list. University of Akron Main Campus is a large public school located in the city of Akron.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at University of Akron Main Campus are $17,765 per year.

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#3

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Out of the 10 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Lehigh University landed the # 3 spot on the list. Lehigh is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Bethlehem.

Lehigh undergraduate students pay an average of $55,240 in tuition and fees each year.

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

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College is a great value for polymer and plastics engineering students. Penn State Erie is a small public school located in the midsize suburb of Erie.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Penn State Erie are $24,916 per year. While working on their degree, polymer engineering majors at Penn State Erie accumulate an average of around $27,000 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

Penn State Erie excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Polymer & Plastics Engineering Schools list.

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#5

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Virginia Tech is a great value for polymer and plastics engineering students. Located in the small city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a very large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Virginia Tech are $32,835 per year.

Virginia Tech also claimed a spot on our Best Polymer & Plastics Engineering Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Polymer & Plastics Engineering Schools ranking. UMass Amherst is a very large public school located in the suburb of Amherst.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UMass Amherst are $35,710 a year.

In addition to its great value ranking, UMass Amherst is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Polymer & Plastics Engineering Schools list.

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With a ranking of #7, University of Massachusetts - Lowell did quite well on this year’s best value schools for polymer and plastics engineering students. UMass Lowell is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Lowell.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UMass Lowell are $33,574 per year. Polymer Engineering majors at UMass Lowell take out an average of $21,500 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 $223.

UMass Lowell also claimed a spot on our Best Polymer & Plastics Engineering Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#8

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

Auburn University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Value Polymer & Plastics Engineering Schools list. Located in the small city of Auburn, Auburn is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Auburn are $31,124 a year.

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

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Case Western Reserve University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Polymer & Plastics Engineering Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Cleveland, Case Western is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Case Western undergraduate students pay an average of $50,924 in tuition and fees each year.

Case Western excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Polymer & Plastics Engineering Schools list.

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#10

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI
$31,499 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #10, Wayne State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for polymer and plastics engineering students. Located in the city of Detroit, Wayne State is a public school with a very large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Wayne State are $31,499 per year.

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Polymer & Plastics Engineering by Region

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Polymer & Plastics Engineering is one of 38 different types of programs to choose from.

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 10 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 Cjp24.

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