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2021 Best Value General Engineering Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

103 Colleges
$23,796 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$66,152 Avg Salary

Finding the Best General Engineering School for You

In 2018-2019, 3,449 people earned a degree or certificate in general engineering, making the major the #63 most popular in the United States.

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 assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Grad Degree Search has created its Best Value General Engineering Schools ranking. This report analyzed 103 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value programs for 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. 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 General Engineering Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Value General Engineering Colleges.

Top 15% Best General Engineering Schools

Our 2021 rankings named Minnesota State University - Mankato the best value school in the United States for general engineering students. Located in the small city of Mankato, Minnesota State Mankato is a public school with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Minnesota State Mankato are $16,730 per year.

Minnesota State Mankato excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best General Engineering Schools list.

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$19,560 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent programs at Arizona State University - Skysong helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best general engineering schools in the United States. Located in the city of Scottsdale, ASU - Skysong is a public college with a very 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 #3 on our 2021 Best Value General Engineering Schools list. Located in the fringe town of Canyon, West Texas A&M University is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at West Texas A&M University are $9,541 per year.

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$15,473 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Wisconsin - Platteville. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value General Engineering Schools 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.

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#5

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Villanova University is a great value for general engineering students. Located in the large suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Villanova are $55,280 a year.

Villanova excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best General Engineering Schools list.

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$13,993 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #6, Purdue University Northwest did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general engineering students. 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 fairly large public school located in the city of Lincoln.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UNL are $25,806 a year.

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$18,610 Average Tuition & Fees

Grand Valley State University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Value General Engineering Schools list. Located in the suburb of Allendale, GVSU is a public school with a very large student population.

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

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The University of Texas at Austin 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 large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a fairly large student population.

UT Austin undergraduate students pay an average of $38,326 in tuition and fees each year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, UT Austin also did well on our Best General Engineering Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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$22,406 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #10, Ohio University - Athens Campus did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general engineering students. Located in the town of Athens, OHIO Athens is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at OHIO Athens are $22,406 a year.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value General Engineering Schools list. Located in the large city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UW - Madison are $37,785 a year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UW - Madison also is in the top 10% of our Best General Engineering Schools ranking.

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#12

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, OH
$9,309 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #12, Youngstown State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general engineering students. Located in the city of Youngstown, Youngstown State University is a public school with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Youngstown State University are $9,309 per 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 large public school located in the town of Mount Pleasant.

Central Michigan undergraduate students pay an average of $23,331 in tuition and fees each year.

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South Dakota State University landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value general engineering programs. Located in the remote town of Brookings, South Dakota State is a public college with a fairly 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 20% of our Best General Engineering Schools ranking.

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#15

Jackson State University

Jackson, MS
$9,445 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #15, Jackson State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for general engineering students. Jackson State is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Jackson.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Jackson State are $9,445 per year.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value General Engineering Schools award.

Rank College Location
16 South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, SD
17 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
18 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
19 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
19 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO

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 37 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Electrical Engineering 12,934
Mechanical Engineering 9,668
Civil Engineering 6,961
Computer Engineering 5,021
Biomedical Engineering 4,057

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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