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 a systems engineering degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 9,839 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

17% above average compared to other degrees

$ 28,382 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

41% above average compared to other degrees

$ 49,783 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

54% above average compared to other degrees

What do systems engineering graduates earn?

Systems engineering students make an average of $97,374 per year after graduation. This is 46% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 97,374 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 96% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular systems engineering schools in the US

There are 100 schools in the US that offer a systems engineering degree. The systems engineering schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-San Diego, New York University and Boston University. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in systems engineering per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-San Diego$14,018
New York University$50,464
Boston University$52,082
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
University of Southern California$54,259
Northeastern University$49,497
University of California-Santa Cruz$14,020
Cornell University$52,853
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities$14,417
University of Pennsylvania$53,534

Top US schools for a systems engineering degree

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

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%$49,892
California Institute of Technology8%$49,908
United States Naval Academy8%$null
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
United States Military Academy10%$null
United States Air Force Academy12%$null
Johns Hopkins University13%$52,170
Cornell University13%$52,853
University of Southern California16%$54,259
Washington University in St Louis16%$51,533

Cheapest US schools for a systems engineering degree

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

School NameTuition
United States Merchant Marine Academy$1,020
Yavapai College$2,280
Edison State Community College$4,219
University of Wyoming$5,217
Kennesaw State University$6,347
University of Florida$6,381
New Mexico State University-Main Campus$6,461
Florida International University$6,556
University of Houston-Clear Lake$6,718
University of North Carolina at Charlotte$6,832


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