Tuition costs are a reality of post-secondary education, but it’s important not to be discouraged. If your top school is financially out of reach, your second or third choice may serve your future just as well. To help you find the program — and school — that’s right for you, we’ve rounded up typical tuition costs for civil engineering degrees. Here’s the range:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,337 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

23% above average compared to other degrees

$ 26,351 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

31% above average compared to other degrees

$ 41,389 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

28% above average compared to other degrees

What do civil engineering graduates earn?

Civil engineering students make an average of $92,362 per year after graduation. This is 38% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 92,362 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 90% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular civil engineering schools in the US

There are 516 schools in the US that offer a civil engineering degree. The civil engineering schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Irvine and University of California-Berkeley. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in civil engineering per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-Irvine$13,738
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Davis$14,419
New York University$50,464
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
San Diego State University$7,460
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
University of Southern California$54,259
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436

Top US schools for a civil engineering degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering civil 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
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%$49,892
California Institute of Technology8%$49,908
Northwestern University9%$52,678
United States Military Academy10%$null
Duke University10%$53,500
Vanderbilt University11%$47,664
United States Air Force Academy12%$null

Cheapest US schools for a civil engineering degree

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

School NameTuition
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez$2,083
El Paso Community College$2,746
Truckee Meadows Community College$3,075
College of Southern Nevada$3,285
Salt Lake Community College$3,781
American Samoa Community College$3,950
McLennan Community College$3,990
Brigham Young University-Idaho$4,018
College of Southern Idaho$4,120
North Idaho College$4,728


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