Tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, personal expenses. At first, these combined costs may seem overwhelming. They don’t have to be. With some planning and the willingness to investigate different schools, scholarships, grants, and bursaries, the cost of attending college or university can be more manageable than you might think. As a starting point for your research, here are the typical tuition costs for a petroleum engineering degree.

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 11,360 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

35% above average compared to other degrees

$ 27,798 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

38% above average compared to other degrees

$ 38,160 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

18% above average compared to other degrees

What do petroleum engineering graduates earn?

Petroleum engineering students make an average of $179,032 per year after graduation. This is 168% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 179,032 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 100% of degrees

N/A
% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular petroleum engineering schools in the US

There are 46 schools in the US that offer a petroleum engineering degree. The petroleum engineering schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of Southern California, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus and The University of Texas at Austin. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in petroleum engineering per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of Southern California$54,259
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436
The University of Texas at Austin$10,398
Stanford University$49,617
Texas A & M University-College Station$11,234
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus$19,080
Texas Tech University$8,860
University of Utah$8,884
University of Houston$9,706
West Virginia University$8,376

Top US schools for a petroleum engineering degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Stanford University5%$49,617
University of Southern California16%$54,259
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology22%$7,183
The University of Texas at Austin36%$10,398
University of Tulsa39%$41,509
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus50%$18,436
University of Louisiana at Lafayette51%$9,888
Colorado School of Mines56%$18,386
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus60%$19,080
University of Houston61%$9,706

Cheapest US schools for a petroleum engineering degree

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

School NameTuition
University of Wyoming$5,217
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin$5,782
University of Alaska Fairbanks$6,262
Montana Technological University$7,125
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology$7,183
West Virginia University$8,376
University of North Dakota$8,447
Texas A & M University-Kingsville$8,462
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus$8,738
Texas Tech University$8,860

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