When it comes to a college degree, not much can compete with the field of Engineering’s ROI. Especially when you consider the high starting salary engineering graduates make. Glassdoor reports the first-year salary of a Graduate Engineer can range from $57,000 to $80,000 and shows an average salary of $76,000. However, the high tuition cost of many engineering universities drives away potential future engineers. The average annual out-of-state cost for a bachelor program in Mechanical Engineering is $42,415 per year with an estimated average four-year degree total cost of $169,660.

This list will show you 6 of the best and most affordable engineering colleges in the United States. Every university on this list has a highly ranked engineering program and meets our criteria of offering tuition under $15k per year. The tuition information shown comes from the universities websites and other online sources.

6. University of Texas of the Permian Basin

College of Engineering and Technology

Odessa, Texas $8,250/yr

Located in the heart of the Permian Basin, high paying jobs are not far away for graduates of UTPB. The University consistently ranks among the top 5 Texas public universities for students employed or accepted in graduate/professional school one year after graduation.

With a new Engineering building on the way, and tuition at just over $8k, this petroleum-focused university is a great investment for future Petroleum Engineers.

website: https://www.utpb.edu/engineering/index

5. California State University-Los Angeles

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology

Los Angeles, California $2,740/yr

One of the world’s most expensive cities to live in is home to the least expensive school on our list. For just under $3k a year, you can earn your engineering degree at a highly ranked and competitive university. And no matter which degree you choose, all of California State University-LA’s departments are ABET-accredited.

website: http://www.calstatela.edu/ecst

4. North Carolina State University at Raleigh

College of Engineering

Raleigh, North Carolina $13,580/yr

The largest and most expensive university on our list, NCSU College of Engineering is home to roughly 10,000 students and has 9 highly ranked departments offering over 50 degree opportunities. The College of Engineering ranked 32nd among all engineering schools in the country according to US News & World Report.

NCSU’s relatively high tuition cost makes it #4 on our list. But with world-class research facilities and opportunities to work with industry experts, you really get what you pay for.

website: https://www.engr.ncsu.edu/academics/

3. University of Houston

UH Cullen College of Engineering

Houston, Texas $12,627/yr

The University of Houston’s engineering school is heavily focused on research. Cullen College gives you many opportunities for hands-on, advanced research and laboratory collaborations giving you valuable knowledge and experience for your career. It should be noted that the level of research opportunities offered to the students of Cullen College only exist for faculty and doctoral students at most colleges in the nation.

Cullen College also has a major location advantage. It stands in the center of the largest oil producing city in the US, making it a highly sought after university for engineers.

website: https://www.egr.uh.edu/

2. West Virginia University

Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

Morgantown, West Virginia $9,380/yr

At under $10,000/yr, Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources is one of the best-value engineering programs in the country. And low tuition cost isn’t their main attraction; WVU offers 21 ABET degree programs- including 1of the 3 Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering programs in the nation. For a degree in PNGE, Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources is an affordable and excellent choice.

website: https://www.statler.wvu.edu/

1. Montana Tech of the University of Montana

School of Mines and Engineering

Butte, Montana $11,000/yr

Graduates from the school of mines and engineering earn a Median Starting Salary of $71,000. And with tuition as low as $11,000/year, Montana Tech of the University of Montana School of Mines and Engineering ranks #1 on our list.

If you’re looking to pursue a career in Oil and Gas, MSME is 1 of only 20 Universities that Offers a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering. And to top it all off, they boast a 98% placement rate in the mining industry meaning a degree from the School of Mines and Engineering almost guarantees you an internship or employment after graduation.

website: https://www.mtech.edu/mines-engineering/index.html




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