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2022 Best Colleges for Architectural Engineering

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772

Graduates Per Year

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$61K

Average Salary

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#241

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Average Popularity

772

87% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

25

87% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

240

Occupational Therapy

788

241

Architectural Engineering

772

242

Agricultural Teacher Education

744

Cost

Somewhat Affordable

$26,960

16% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

250

Forestry

$26,991

251

Architectural Engineering

$26,960

252

Community Organization and Advocacy

$26,910

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TOP

25

Salary

Very High Salary

$65,667

70% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

19

Engineering

$65,881

20

Architectural Engineering

$65,667

21

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

$65,509

Professors

Very Bad

3.6/5

10% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

319

Agricultural Production Operations

320

Architectural Engineering

321

Accounting and Business Management

Students

Not Very Diverse

3.5/5

3.61% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

255

Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management

256

Architectural Engineering

257

Construction Engineering

SUMMARY

Choosing to study Architectural Engineering is a valuable choice and often a required first step for undergraduates wishing to pursue a career as a principal architect, an infrastructure architect, or an enterprise architect. In fact, architectural engineering is an uncommon major being the 241st most popular area of study. Last year alone, there were 772 architectural engineering diplomas received. In-state tuition for architectural engineering at private universities is, on average, 4.7 times more spendy than their public counterparts.

With only 25 colleges having programs for architectural engineering you could have a more finite list of the institutions that will have an option for you. If you're hoping to immerse yourself with other architectural engineering students, consider looking at universities in Pennsylvania which have the most undergrads admitted to architectural engineering annually. less precisely, the best region to major in architectural engineering is in the Plains region with Kansas State University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the best conference to major in architectural engineering is the Big Twelve Conference with University of Kansas, Kansas State University, and The University of Texas at Austin representing the conference. On that topic, our choice for the best college for architectural engineering is University of Miami. You might also want to check out our list of the best colleges.

The 'best' school does not have to be the 'best' school for you. There might be a bunch more perspectives to weigh when choosing ​university. Stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food might modify one's choice of where to go to school. Here at authority.org, we've weighed the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are intrigued by which architectural engineering university has the top campus, the answer is Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus. If, for example, you are mostly interested in which school has the finest campus, then we have a whole list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, student reviews, professor reviews, and more so we can compare every U.S. major in an unbiased and informative way. You can find our comprehensive list for the colleges with the best student life here and our choice for the school with the best student life for architectural engineering is The University of Texas at Austin. Curious why? Continue scrolling to learn more about our top recommendations. Many of our picks just might shock you.

If cost is a significant factor in your decision on where to go to school, you might be cautious about Drexel University. Drexel University appears to be the most expensive university for architectural engineering, at least regarding out of state attendance. That being said, we have an entire list of the most expensive universities that might put the cost of Drexel University into perspective. For more context, you could want to know that architectural engineering is the 251st most expensive major in the nation, with an average cost of $27,000. To zoom out a little, the most expensive state for architectural engineering on our list is Massachusetts with costs at the primary college, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, of $51,604. To zoom out even further, the most costly region for architectural engineering is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for architectural engineering is the Far West region which is represented by California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo with a cost of $17,622. In better news, the most affordable university for architectural engineering is University of Wyoming. Authority's full list of the most affordable colleges can be explored here.

In-state students can expect to pay around $10,600 for a degree in architectural engineering. The cost swells dramatically to an average of $27,900 for the out-of-state public-school student. On that note, our selection for the school constituting the best value for architectural engineering: Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Here you can find our comprehensive list on the universities we see as being the best value overall. Do know, this section is predicated on out-of-state tuition costs. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition is considered, as such, we are using out-of-state tuition as the baseline.

Earnings for architectural engineering students vary a lot, but two-years after graduation students will typically earn around $60,800. While there is a lot of variation in pay; top earners can make up to $92,700. Straight out of university, the lowest earning jobs within the architectural engineering field earn $40,000, which could be worse. The top earning grads from architectural engineering have come from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and if you are looking for schools with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The prevailing diversity of architectural engineering is below average, coming in the 35th percentile of all majors. The college with the most composite diversity for architectural engineering is University of Miami and here you can find our general list for the universities which have the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of Architectural Engineering ranks only within the 25th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is actually greater, in the 30th percentile. White students make up the largest share, 69%, of scholars studying architectural engineering. Additionally, 63% of scholars seeking an architectural engineering major are men.

The median ranking of architectural engineering's professors is 3.6 stars, which is 10% worse than the median across every major; which is a subpar ranking. If you are curious about the most popular architectural engineering professor in the nation, take a look at Frank Mahuta at Milwaukee School of Engineering. It might come as a surprise, but the top rated instructors for architectural engineering by student are at Milwaukee School of Engineering. As we consider data beyond simply rankings it becomes clear that the school with comprehensively the best professors for architectural engineering is Worcester Polytechnic Institute. You will find an explanation of our evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, along with some of the best examples of instructors in the country.

Finally, the hardest college to get into for architectural engineering is University of Miami. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we do have a general list for the hardest colleges to get into. But, we hope you understand that considering the higher education world from examples mainly built on superlatives could cause problems. We hope you read our more focused pages on individual schools and explore a couple of Authority's insightful background articles on essential details to think about as you continue your university search.

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Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

#1 Best Colleges for Architectural Engineering

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus is a very large public university located in University Park, PA ranked 230th in the US. It has a total of 42,805 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 75.94% of applicants. Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus offers 481 different majors and is best known for its Architectural Engineering, Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, and Foreign Language Teacher Education programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $17,416 for students from Pennsylvania and $34,480 for those from out-of-state, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus is reasonably expensive. 60.08% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn around $50,100 per year, which is 21% above the national median.

University Park, PA

www.psu.edu/

A-

Rating

76%

Acceptance

49,935

Students

#230

Ranking

$34,480

Tuition

Auburn University

#2 Best Colleges for Architectural Engineering

Auburn University is a very large public university located in Auburn, AL ranked 293rd in the United States. It has a total of 25,795 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 80.67% acceptance rate. Auburn University offers 242 different majors and is best known for its Exercise Physiology, Architectural Engineering, and Technical Teacher Education programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $9,816 for in-state students and $29,448 for those from out-of-state, Auburn University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 70.58% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring home near $48,800 per year, which is 17% above the national median.

Auburn, AL

www.auburn.edu

A-

Rating

81%

Acceptance

32,442

Students

#293

Ranking

$29,448

Tuition

Milwaukee School of Engineering

#3 Best Colleges for Architectural Engineering

Milwaukee School of Engineering is a small private school of engineering and technology located in Milwaukee, WI ranked 222nd in the United States. It has a total of 2,691 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 61.71% of applicants. Milwaukee School of Engineering offers 41 different majors and is best known for its Architectural Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Construction Management programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 8th, and 14th respectively). With an annual tuition of $40,407 per year, Milwaukee School of Engineering is quite expensive. 61.66% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to make close to $71,300 per year, which is 72% greater than the national median.

Milwaukee, WI

www.msoe.edu

A

Rating

62%

Acceptance

2,973

Students

#222

Ranking

$40,407

Tuition

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

#4 Best Colleges for Architectural Engineering

University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a very large public university located in Lincoln, NE ranked 3rd in Nebraska. It has a total of 22,433 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 78.23% acceptance rate. University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers 276 different majors and is best known for its Agronomy and Crop Science, Business Teacher Education, and Family and Consumer Economics programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $7,560 for in-state students and $24,000 for those from out-of-state, University of Nebraska-Lincoln is somewhat moderately pricey. 59.04% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn near $46,400 per year, which is 12% above the national median.

Lincoln, NE

www.unl.edu/

B+

Rating

78%

Acceptance

28,686

Students

#339

Ranking

$24,000

Tuition

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

#5 Best Colleges for Architectural Engineering

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is a very large public institution located in San Luis Obispo, CA ranked 112th in the nation. It has a total of 22,130 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 28.42% acceptance rate. California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo offers 123 different majors and is best known for its Natural Resources Management and Policy, Agricultural Mechanization, and Construction Management programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,742 for in-state students and $17,622 for those from out-of-state, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is moderately priced. 73.19% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to earn roughly $66,900 per year, which is 61% above the national median.

San Luis Obispo, CA

calpoly.edu

A

Rating

28%

Acceptance

23,278

Students

#112

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

Illinois Institute of Technology

#6 Best Colleges for Architectural Engineering

Illinois Institute of Technology is a mid-sized private university located in Chicago, IL ranked 129th in the United States. It has a total of 3,368 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 60.23% of applicants. Illinois Institute of Technology offers 144 different majors and is best known for its Information Technology, Architectural Engineering, and Industrial Management programs (nationally ranked 6th, 6th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $47,480 per year, Illinois Institute of Technology is extremely costly. 68.87% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to take in near $69,100 per year, which is 66% greater than the national median.

Chicago, IL

web.iit.edu/

A

Rating

60%

Acceptance

7,466

Students

#129

Ranking

$47,480

Tuition

Missouri University of Science and Technology

#7 Best Colleges for Architectural Engineering

Missouri University of Science and Technology is a mid-sized public university located in Rolla, MO ranked 7th in Missouri. It has a total of 7,040 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting in the neighborhood of 7/9ths of applicants. Missouri University of Science and Technology offers 118 different majors and is best known for its Geological Engineering, Industrial Management, and Nuclear Engineering programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $8,512 for students from Missouri and $26,060 for those from out-of-state, Missouri University of Science and Technology is somewhat moderately pricey. 61.41% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to draw more or less $71,200 per year, which is 71% over the national median.

Rolla, MO

https://www.mst.edu/

B+

Rating

79%

Acceptance

9,265

Students

#390

Ranking

$26,060

Tuition

Drexel University

#8 Best Colleges for Architectural Engineering

Drexel University is a very large private university located in Philadelphia, PA ranked 174th in America. It has a total of 17,591 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 74.7% of applicants. Drexel University offers 360 different majors and is best known for its Accounting and Finance, Accounting and Business Management, and Culinary Arts programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $52,146 per year, Drexel University is extremely high-priced. 56.25% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn approximately $68,800 per year, which is 66% above the national median.

Philadelphia, PA

https://drexel.edu

A

Rating

75%

Acceptance

28,249

Students

#174

Ranking

$52,146

Tuition

Kansas State University

#9 Best Colleges for Architectural Engineering

Kansas State University is a very large public university located in Manhattan, KS ranked 7th in Kansas. It has a total of 19,196 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 95.37% of applicants. Kansas State University offers 283 different majors and is best known for its Secondary Education and Teaching, Horticultural Science, and Natural Sciences programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,375 for in-state students and $25,251 for those from out-of-state, Kansas State University is somewhat moderately high-priced. 55.95% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make approximately $45,600 per year, which is 10% over the national median.

Manhattan, KS

www.k-state.edu

C+

Rating

95%

Acceptance

24,546

Students

#731

Ranking

$25,251

Tuition

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

#10 Best Colleges for Architectural Engineering

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a mid-sized private university located in Worcester, MA ranked 89th in the nation. It has a total of 4,879 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 49.37% acceptance rate. Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers 116 different majors and is best known for its Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering, Game and Interactive Media Design, and Engineering programs (nationally ranked 1st, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $51,604 per year, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is very pricey. 85.88% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make more or less $84,900 per year, which is 104% over the national median.

Worcester, MA

https://www.wpi.edu/

A+

Rating

49%

Acceptance

7,505

Students

#89

Ranking

$51,604

Tuition

University of Miami

#11 Best Colleges for Architectural Engineering

University of Miami is a large private university located in Coral Gables, FL ranked 59th in the United States. It has a total of 12,351 full-time undergraduate students and is relatively competitive, with a 27.13% acceptance rate. University of Miami offers 309 different majors and is best known for its Information Technology Administration and Management, Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography, and Broadcast Journalism programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $50,400 per year, University of Miami is exceptionally costly. 74.98% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn about $60,100 per year, which is 45% above the national median.

Coral Gables, FL

www.miami.edu/

A+

Rating

27%

Acceptance

19,618

Students

#59

Ranking

$50,400

Tuition

The University of Texas at Austin

#12 Best Colleges for Architectural Engineering

The University of Texas at Austin is a very large public university located in Austin, TX ranked 81st in America. It has a total of 43,132 full-time undergraduate students and is somewhat competitive, accepting barely below 1 out of every 3 applicants. The University of Texas at Austin offers 339 different majors and is best known for its Communication Sciences and Disorders, Writing, and Accounting programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,824 for students from Texas and $38,326 for those from out-of-state, The University of Texas at Austin is quite expensive. 77.77% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to earn more or less $58,200 per year, which is 40% above the national median.

Austin, TX

www.utexas.edu

A+

Rating

32%

Acceptance

55,128

Students

#81

Ranking

$38,326

Tuition

University of Colorado Boulder

#13 Best Colleges for Architectural Engineering

University of Colorado Boulder is a very large public university located in Boulder, CO ranked 269th in the nation. It has a total of 33,059 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting a smidgeon greater than 7 out of 9 applicants. University of Colorado Boulder offers 214 different majors and is best known for its Physiology, Environmental Design, and Astronomy programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $10,728 for in-state students and $36,546 for those from out-of-state, University of Colorado Boulder is rather expensive. 60.59% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make near $50,800 per year, which is 22% greater than the national median.

Boulder, CO

www.colorado.edu

A-

Rating

78%

Acceptance

40,353

Students

#269

Ranking

$36,546

Tuition

University of Kansas

#14 Best Colleges for Architectural Engineering

University of Kansas is a very large public university located in Lawrence, KS ranked 3rd in Kansas. It has a total of 21,107 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 93.1% of applicants. University of Kansas offers 369 different majors and is best known for its German Studies, Physical Education, and Behavioral Sciences programs (nationally ranked 5th, 6th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,092 for students from Kansas and $26,960 for those from out-of-state, University of Kansas is reasonably high-priced. 55.48% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to take home around $48,800 per year, which is 17% over the national median.

Lawrence, KS

https://ku.edu

B-

Rating

93%

Acceptance

31,088

Students

#563

Ranking

$26,960

Tuition

University of Wyoming

#15 Best Colleges for Architectural Engineering

University of Wyoming is a large public university located in Laramie, WY ranked 1st in Wyoming. It has a total of 11,076 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 95.96% acceptance rate. University of Wyoming offers 211 different majors and is best known for its Systems Science and Theory, Physiology, and Petroleum Engineering programs (nationally ranked 8th, 10th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,170 for in-state students and $16,740 for those from out-of-state, University of Wyoming is reasonably priced. 50.74% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to draw roughly $47,300 per year, which is 14% over the national median.

Laramie, WY

www.uwyo.edu

C+

Rating

96%

Acceptance

13,926

Students

#707

Ranking

$16,740

Tuition

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus

#16 Best Colleges for Architectural Engineering

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus is a very large public university located in Norman, OK ranked 2nd in Oklahoma. It has a total of 24,261 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 80.41% acceptance rate. University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus offers 279 different majors and is best known for its Organizational Behavior Studies, Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, and Zoology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,788 for in-state students and $20,169 for those from out-of-state, University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus is reasonably priced. 53.71% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, joining the workforce. Open graduating, alumni go on to take in roughly $51,100 per year, which is 23% over the national median.

Norman, OK

www.ou.edu

B+

Rating

80%

Acceptance

32,189

Students

#397

Ranking

$20,169

Tuition

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

#17 Best Colleges for Architectural Engineering

University of Cincinnati-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Cincinnati, OH ranked 25th in Ohio. It has a total of 30,173 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting barely under seven ninths of applicants. University of Cincinnati-Main Campus offers 459 different majors and is best known for its Respiratory Care Therapy, Clinical Laboratory Science, and Commercial and Advertising Art programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $9,982 for in-state students and $25,316 for those from out-of-state, University of Cincinnati-Main Campus is reasonably high-priced. 48.08% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn close to $42,300 per year, which is 2% above the national median.

Cincinnati, OH

www.uc.edu

C+

Rating

77%

Acceptance

43,692

Students

#661

Ranking

$25,316

Tuition

Oklahoma State University-Main Campus

#18 Best Colleges for Architectural Engineering

Oklahoma State University-Main Campus is a very large public university located in Stillwater, OK ranked 3rd in Oklahoma. It has a total of 22,404 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 69.98% of applicants. Oklahoma State University-Main Campus offers 260 different majors and is best known for its Technical Teacher Education, Agricultural Public Services, and Fire Protection programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,357 for students from Oklahoma and $20,877 for those from out-of-state, Oklahoma State University-Main Campus is reasonably pricey. 54.49% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make more or less $46,500 per year, which is 12% over the national median.

Stillwater, OK

www.okstate.edu/

B

Rating

70%

Acceptance

27,200

Students

#488

Ranking

$20,877

Tuition

The University of Alabama

#19 Best Colleges for Architectural Engineering

The University of Alabama is a very large public university located in Tuscaloosa, AL ranked 4th in Alabama. It has a total of 36,045 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 82.68% acceptance rate. The University of Alabama offers 214 different majors and is best known for its Managerial Economics, Human Sciences, and Marketing programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,780 for students from Alabama and $30,250 for those from out-of-state, The University of Alabama is somewhat moderately expensive. 57.21% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make more or less $44,500 per year, which is 7% above the national median.

Tuscaloosa, AL

www.ua.edu/

B

Rating

83%

Acceptance

42,432

Students

#510

Ranking

$30,250

Tuition

Texas A & M University-Kingsville

#20 Best Colleges for Architectural Engineering

Texas A & M University-Kingsville is a mid-sized public university located in Kingsville, TX ranked 89th in Texas. It has a total of 7,821 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 77.26% of applicants. Texas A & M University-Kingsville offers 97 different majors and is best known for its Veterinary Technology, Architectural Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering programs (nationally ranked 17th, 20th, and 22nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $4,801 for students from Texas and $18,191 for those from out-of-state, Texas A & M University-Kingsville is reasonably priced. 42.7% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to earn around $42,600 per year, which is 3% over the national median.

Kingsville, TX

https://WWW.TAMUK.EDU

C

Rating

77%

Acceptance

9,764

Students

#1707

Ranking

$18,191

Tuition

North Carolina A & T State University

#21 Best Colleges for Architectural Engineering

North Carolina A & T State University is a large historically black public institution located in Greensboro, NC ranked 43rd in North Carolina. It has a total of 11,732 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 58.29% of applicants. North Carolina A & T State University offers 100 different majors and is best known for its Business Teacher Education, Architectural Engineering, and Agricultural Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 21st, and 25th respectively). With an annual tuition of $3,540 for students from North Carolina and $17,050 for those from out-of-state, North Carolina A & T State University is reasonably priced. 32.17% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to generate roughly $34,700 per year, which is 16% less than the national median.

Greensboro, NC

www.ncat.edu

C

Rating

58%

Acceptance

13,511

Students

#1671

Ranking

$17,050

Tuition