In addition to meeting application requirements, you’ll have to consider how much it will cost to study at your dream school. Colleges and universities offer scholarships and financial aid, as do corporations, associations, and the government. You might be surprised by the options you discover. To help you get a sense of your baseline education costs, here are the typical tuition rates for a chemical engineering degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 11,560 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

38% above average compared to other degrees

$ 29,425 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

46% above average compared to other degrees

$ 46,270 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

43% above average compared to other degrees

What do chemical engineering graduates earn?

Chemical engineering students make an average of $101,896 per year after graduation. This is 53% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 101,896 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 96% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular chemical engineering schools in the US

There are 334 schools in the US that offer a chemical engineering degree. The chemical engineering schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego and University of California-Irvine. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in chemical engineering per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-San Diego$14,018
University of California-Irvine$13,738
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Santa Barbara$14,451
University of California-Davis$14,419
New York University$50,464
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
University of Southern California$54,259

Top US schools for a chemical engineering degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering chemical engineering degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
Princeton University6%$47,140
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Yale University7%$51,400
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%$49,892
California Institute of Technology8%$49,908
Northwestern University9%$52,678
United States Military Academy10%$null
Vanderbilt University11%$47,664
Johns Hopkins University13%$52,170

Cheapest US schools for a chemical engineering degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a chemical engineering degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez$2,083
Spokane Falls Community College$3,460
Kilgore College$3,504
Clark College$3,613
Snow College$3,692
Olympic College$3,693
Bellevue College$3,699
Salt Lake Community College$3,781
Shoreline Community College$3,802
Edmonds Community College$3,822


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