We know that choosing the right degree is complex. One particularly important factor in this process is determining the financial commitment you will have to make to complete a program, and which one gives you the best return on your investment once you graduate. Of course, it's also essential to investigate scholarships and financial aid to offset tuition. Here are the typical costs for a computer engineering degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,914 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

30% above average compared to other degrees

$ 28,273 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

41% above average compared to other degrees

$ 42,440 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

31% above average compared to other degrees

What do computer engineering graduates earn?

Computer engineering students make an average of $95,667 per year after graduation. This is 43% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

11% of computer engineering graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is low compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 95,667 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 95% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

46% below average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular computer engineering schools in the US

There are 518 schools in the US that offer a computer engineering degree. The computer 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 computer 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-Santa Barbara$14,451
University of California-Davis$14,419
New York University$50,464
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
San Diego State University$7,460
Boston University$52,082
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826

Top US schools for a computer engineering degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Harvard University5%$48,949
Princeton University6%$47,140
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
United States Naval Academy8%$null
Northwestern University9%$52,678
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
Duke University10%$53,500
Vanderbilt University11%$47,664
United States Air Force Academy12%$null
Johns Hopkins University13%$52,170

Cheapest US schools for a computer engineering degree

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

School NameTuition
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez$2,083
Itawamba Community College$2,840
Truckee Meadows Community College$3,075
Amarillo College$3,168
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College$3,670
Salt Lake Community College$3,781
Northwest State Community College$3,858
Brigham Young University-Idaho$4,018
College of Southern Idaho$4,120
Florida Atlantic University$4,831


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