Like the VMI, the United States Coast Guard Academy is a government-funded college that maintains a disciplined and challenging academic environment - and at a steep discount. But outside of the aquatic setting, the biggest difference between these two top colleges for a mechanical engineering degree is that the USCGA is completely free! For the low net price of exactly zero dollars a year, mechanical engineering majors receive an education that approaches the study of mechanics and energy from a decidedly practical, analytical perspective. Upon graduation, all cadets must serve at least five years in the Coast Guard, although many make their maritime service a lifelong career.
Small Schools for Mechanical Engineering
By BVS Staff
Welcome to our ranking of the 20 best small colleges for mechanical engineering majors on a budget.
Each of these top schools offers at least one targeted program or concentration for students seeking a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering (this also includes aerospace, industrial, manufacturing, and materials engineering). In addition, they each maintain an overall undergraduate graduation rate of at least 45%. Of course, to be a best value, these top-ranked schools also have to demonstrate a genuine commitment to affordable education – which means meeting our net price requirements. All of the programs on this ranking have estimated annual costs (as reported on College Navigator) of less than $35,000 a year. But which of these is the most affordable small college for a mechanical engineering degree? Scroll down to #1 to find out!
|1||United States Coast Guard Academy||New London, CT|
|2||New Mexico Tech||Socorro, NM|
|3||Virginia Military Institute||Lexington City, VA|
|4||Christian Brothers University||Memphis, TN|
|5||St. Mary's University||San Antonio, TX|
|6||Oklahoma Christian University||Edmond, OK|
|7||Northwest Nazarene University||Nampa, ID|
|8||Swarthmore College||Swarthmore, PA|
|9||LeTourneau University||Longview, TX|
|10||California Institute of Technology||Pasadena, CA|
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