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2023 Nuclear Engineering Cost

There are about 1,601 students enrolled in Nuclear Engineering in the USA.

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Nuclear engineering is the 207th most expensive degree in the United States, with a median cost of $29,522 among the top 50 programs (just ahead of #208, Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies, with a median cost of $29,517).

New England has the most expensive schools with top 50 nuclear engineering programs predominantly led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an annual cost of $53,450. New York is the most expensive state for nuclear engineering led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Public schools with solid programs typically charge 78.62% less than private schools for in-state students. However, when looking at out-of-state tuition, the median top 50 Public school charges 39.22% less than the median private school. So, if you're hoping to attend a state school, make sure you're eligible for in-state tuition sooner rather than later.

The most costly option in the top 25 is Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which is the 73rd most expensive college in the United States. The most affordable option in the top 100 is University of New Mexico-Main Campus. It costs just $21,716 per year, and it is ranked 19th for its nuclear engineering program. Another more affordable choice would be #18, Idaho State University in Bannock County, ID with a cost of $5,928 for in-state students and $22,224 for out-of-state students.

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