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 geological engineering degrees. Here’s the range:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 11,706 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

0% above average compared to other degrees

$ 29,917 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

0% above average compared to other degrees

$ N/A per year
Average private tuition

0% above average compared to other degrees

What do geological engineering graduates earn?

Geological engineering students make an average of $115,791 per year after graduation. This is 73% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

16% of geological engineering graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is low compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 115,791 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 99% of degrees

16%
% of people underpaid in 2019

22% below average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular geological engineering schools in the US

There are 40 schools in the US that offer a geological engineering degree. The geological engineering schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and The University of Texas at Austin. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in geological engineering per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities$14,417
University of Pennsylvania$53,534
University of Wisconsin-Madison$10,533
University of Arizona$11,877
University of Utah$8,884
University of Rochester$52,020
University of Mississippi$8,300

Top US schools for a geological engineering degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
University of California-Los Angeles16%$13,261
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor27%$14,826
University of Rochester34%$52,020
The University of Texas at Austin36%$10,398
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities50%$14,417
University of Wisconsin-Madison54%$10,533
Colorado School of Mines56%$18,386
New Mexico State University-Main Campus64%$6,461
Rutgers University-Newark64%$14,085

Cheapest US schools for a geological engineering degree

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

School NameTuition
University of Alaska Fairbanks$6,262
New Mexico State University-Main Campus$6,461
Montana Technological University$7,125
University of Idaho$7,488
University of Nevada-Reno$7,599
University of Mississippi$8,300
University of North Dakota$8,447
University of Utah$8,884
Missouri University of Science and Technology$9,246
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398

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