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2023 Mechanical Engineering Cost

There are about 102,231 students enrolled in Mechanical Engineering in the USA.

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Mechanical engineering is the 51st most expensive major in America, with a median cost of $49,183 amongst the top 50 programs (just ahead of #52, Liberal Arts and Sciences, with a median cost of $48,615).

New England has the most expensive schools with great mechanical engineering programs predominantly led by Yale University with an annual cost of $55,500. Massachusetts is the most expensive state for mechanical engineering led by Boston University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Public schools with good programs generally charge 74.89% less than private schools for in-state students. However, when looking at out-of-state tuition, the median top 50 Public school charges 40.21% less than the median private school. So, if you're applying to a state school, make sure you're eligible for in-state tuition as soon as possible.

The most expensive top 25 college for mechanical engineering is Cornell University, which is the 23rd most expensive college in the United States. The most affordable option in the top 100 is CUNY City College. It costs just $14,880 per year but is ranked 91st for its mechanical engineering program. If you’re looking for the least expensive option in the top 25, University of Florida  is probably for you, ranked #12 with an in-state cost of just $4,477. Another more affordable pick would be #8, Purdue University-Main Campus in Tippecanoe County, IN with a cost of $9,208 for in-state students and $28,010 for out-of-state students.

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