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 an engineering degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,128 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

21% above average compared to other degrees

$ 26,684 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

33% above average compared to other degrees

$ 40,200 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

24% above average compared to other degrees

What do engineering graduates earn?

Engineering students make an average of $89,230 per year after graduation. This is 34% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

14% of engineering graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is low compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 89,230 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 86% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

30% below average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular engineering schools in the US

There are 324 schools in the US that offer a engineering degree. The 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 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
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
Boston University$52,082
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
Northeastern University$49,497
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo$9,432

Top US schools for an engineering degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Princeton University6%$47,140
California Institute of Technology8%$49,908
United States Naval Academy8%$null
Brown University8%$53,419
Northwestern University9%$52,678
Dartmouth College10%$53,368
Swarthmore College11%$50,822
Johns Hopkins University13%$52,170
Cornell University13%$52,853
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art13%$45,100

Cheapest US schools for an engineering degree

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

School NameTuition
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute$1,095
Luna Community College$1,298
San Juan College$1,474
University of New Mexico-Valencia County Campus$1,758
Cochise County Community College District$1,968
New Mexico State University-Carlsbad$2,068
Mohave Community College$2,112
Santa Fe Community College$2,115
University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Campus$2,224
Hill College$2,295


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